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Grechetto

The name Grechetto is used to identify a family of white grape varieties that are widespread throughout central Italy, especially in the Umbria region. Researchers have traced the origin of these grapes to the ancient vineyards of the eastern Mediterranean, from which they arrived in Italy thanks to the initiative of the Greeks, as the name seems to suggest. The vinification of these varieties produces white wines with an intense fruity profile, a good alcohol content, and a full body, structure and complexity, especially if they are obtained from overripe grapes or harvested late and aged in wood. The most common denominations are those of Orvieto, Montefalco, Torgiano and Colli Martani, although many others allow them to be used, expressing the white wine soul of the central Apennines in the best possible way.

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The name Grechetto is used to identify a family of white grape varieties that are widespread throughout central Italy, especially in the Umbria region. Researchers have traced the origin of these grapes to the ancient vineyards of the eastern Mediterranean, from which they arrived in Italy thanks to the initiative of the Greeks, as the name seems to suggest. The vinification of these varieties produces white wines with an intense fruity profile, a good alcohol content, and a full body, structure and complexity, especially if they are obtained from overripe grapes or harvested late and aged in wood. The most common denominations are those of Orvieto, Montefalco, Torgiano and Colli Martani, although many others allow them to be used, expressing the white wine soul of the central Apennines in the best possible way.

A Family with Different Origins

The name, which suggests a Greek and Mediterranean origin, traditionally identifies an entire family of white grape varieties cultivated in central Italy, especially in Umbria, but also in the neighbouring regions of Marche, Lazio and Tuscany. In the various localities it can assume different names, including: Greco Spoletino, Pulce, uva di San Martino and Strozzavolpe. Modern ampelographic studies have also made it possible to identify, within this family, the two most widespread and well-known grape varieties, namely that of Orvieto and that of Todi, also known as Gentile. The first clone, technically known as G109, is the most widespread although it is less productive. The second, clone G5, is present in the province of Perugia and, to a lesser extent, also in Emilia Romagna, where it is called Pignoletto or Rébola Riminese. This last variety is simpler, fresher and characterised by a pleasant softness. Both these grape varieties are traditionally and commonly known as Grechetto Umbria, regardless of their differences. Despite their diversity, the decision was made to keep the same name for both, as tradition would have it, possibly adding the appropriate geographical appellation of either Orvieto or Todi. In the famous denominations of Montefalco, Torgiano and Orvieto, both varieties can therefore be present.


Identity and Sensory Characteristics

The vinification of these varieties generally produces a young, fragrant white wine, with an intense and pleasant olfactory profile and a smooth, rounded taste. When used in blends with other grapes, it can provide body, warmth and structure due to its lively personality. An increasing number of producers, in order to soften the tendency of the grape to reach a significant alcohol content, prefer less concentrated, fresher, younger and lighter expressions. The best Grechetto, however, is always characterised by structure, warmth and softness. From the ripest or partially dried grapes, and with ageing in wood, it can express great intensity and complexity, as well as good ageing potential. Among these expressions, the wines of Sergio Mottura Grechetto, for example, stand out, as well as those of Barberani. Always considered a simple white wine for everyday consumption, today more and more producers are committed to its development, creating increasingly complex and elegant expressions. Some artisan producers have also experimented with maceration on the skins with this variety, achieving excellent results which are especially appreciated by niche wine lovers.


Grechetto Food Pairings

The younger and simpler versions can be enjoyed on informal occasions, on the everyday table or during appetizers with fish or vegetables. The more important wines, on the other hand, require more demanding pairings, which can go as far as mature or blue cheeses. The latter are especially good with late harvests or passito versions. The variety's mineral, marine and slightly brackish tones are ideal with first and second course seafood dishes: spaghetti allo scoglio, fish soups, grilled meats and shellfish. Alternatively, you can choose white meats, cheeses, vegetables and first courses. These are generally very versatile wines, which allow for a wide and endless choice of pairing possibilities.

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