DOC area for red wine in the Adriatic coastal area in the Italian Marche region. The zone includes the municipalities of Ancona, Camerano, Numana, Offagna and Sirole, and parts of the municipalities of Castelfidardo and Osimo in the province of Ancona. The name is derived from the 572-metre-high Monte Cònero south of Ancona. The vineyards cover almost 600 hectares of vineyards on slopes along the Adriatic coast. Wine has been produced here since ancient times. The famous doctor and naturalist Andrea Bacci (1524-1600) tells the story of this wine in his main work. He tells that the Carthaginian commander Hannibal (247-183 B.C.) healed the dull horses of his army during the campaign against Rome with large quantities of Conero wine. The red wine is made from the main variety Montepulciano (85%) and, if necessary, Sangiovese (max. 15%). With an alcoholic content of at least 12.5% vol. and two years of ageing, it may call itself Riserva; it has been classified as DOCG under the name Conero since 2004.