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Pecorello grapes

by | Feb 5, 2017

Pecorino is considered as a white wine grape variety from Italy, which is mainly grown in the Marche, Liguria, Abruzzo, Umbria, Tuscany as well as Lazio regions.


According to several ampelographers, this white wine grape variety is a native to Marche, Arquata del Tronto in the province of Ascoli Piceno where it is still used at present.

This white wine grape variety is often confused with the Calabrian grape variety called Greco Bianco, however, it is a different grape variety that is mainly grown in the north of the Central Italy.

Pecorello is often termed as the Pecorino, a famous Italian cheese variety with the same name that is made up of Ewe’s Milk.

Both the names of this grape variety Pecorello/Pecorino mostly come from the Italian name of sheep, Pecora that refers to a Marche legend about the gazing of the sheep on the wild vines.

Today, this white wine grape variety has become very popular in this particular region.

This white wine grape variety is considered as an early ripening grape variety which has the tendency of producing naturally low yields even without the use of severe winter pruning.

This grape variety does not entertain any kinds of viticultural hazards and they possess a very strong resistance to powdery mildew and downy.

Wine grape varieties

Apart from Marche, this white wine grape variety is also found in abundance in the regions of Chieti, Teramo as well as Pescara provinces where this grape variety is used in a number of sparkling wines of Controguerra as well as in several IGT wines of this particular region.

Apart from this, the plantings of this white wine grape variety are also seen in the regions of Lazio, Tuscany, Liguria as well as Umbria respectively.

This white wine grape variety is also used in some DOCs and mostly produced into the sparkling Spumante as well as Passito dessert wines which are very famous among the locals as well as other people.

This white wine grape variety is a very famous grape variety both at the local as well as global levels. Thus, it is addressed under a number of synonyms.

Over the years, this white wine grape variety has been termed under numerous of synonyms such as Arquitano, Bifolchetto, Biancuccia, Bifolvo, Dolcipappolo, Dolcipappola, Forcese, Juvino, Lanzesa, Mostarello, Mosciolo, Moscianello, Norcino, Pecorello, Norcino Pecorella, Pecorino di Arquata, Trebbiano Viccio, Uva degli Osti, Uva Delle Donne, Bastardo Bianco, Verdicchio, Vissanello, Vissanello bianco and many others.

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According to a number of wine experts and ampelographers, this white wine grape variety is a very ancient grape variety that was originated by the Benedictine research in Arquata Del Tronto.

According to various ampelographers, the name of the stems of this grape variety comes from an Italian word, Pecora which means sheep.

This white wine grape variety finds its origin some 800 years ago where the locals produced it for religious. This white wine grape variety is still considered to be a very famous grape variety in the regions of Italy.


This white wine grape variety is very much resistant to a number of diseases and is not usually affected by them. The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are considered as fresh and dry.

Characteristics of Pecorello

These wines often carry with them an aroma of flowers. The notes produced by these wines are very much similar to citrus along with a long finish.

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety entertain a very pleasant as well as earthy quality. In the regions of Marche, this white wine grape variety is used in the production of sparkling wines.

These grapes are also concerned with the production of dessert wines that are very much demanded on to the tables.

Food pairing

All the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety are considered as aperitifs and they are very well paired with a number of light dishes. These wines go well with pasta.


Michael Bredahl

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