Le Marche is a beautiful wine region, with miles of untamed coastline, picturesque fishing villages like Portonovo, medieval hamlets such as Urbania, rustic mountain villages like Carpegna and wild expanses of nature that culminate in the splendorous Monti Sibillini. The most important wine towns include the capital, Ancona, along with Ascoli Piceno, Cupramontana, Matelica, Cingoli, Fabriano, Conero, Recanati (famous for being the birthplace of one of Italy´s most famous poets – Giacomo Leopardi) and Numana. Other fascinating places include the Grotte di Frasassi, a spectacular cave network which is the largest of its kind in Europe and features million year old stalactites! The best red wines coming from the region are Sangiovese and Montepulciano, the indigenous black grape varietal that reaches its optimum point in the area's dry maritime climate and limestone-rich soils. Both Sangiovese and Montepulciano are used by the two most prolific appellations for red wine – Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno – firm, tannic and easily recognizable wines. In terms of white wine, Sartarelli and Pievalta are bringing a newfound depth and personality to the region.