Pecorino is a green grape from Italy*s centre that is experiencing a resurrection.

It is a use­ful grape for the wine maker as it comes with high lev­els of both sug­ar and aci­di­ty. Lev­els of min­er­als tend to be no­tice­able in the wines, and it is rec­og­nised by its flowery aromas.

There’s only one DOCG, Odffida DOCG, that allows for varietal Pecorino wines. The general Abruzzo DOC, as well as the Controguerra DOC, and the Terre Tollesi / Tullum DOC, (both in Abruzzo) produce varietal Pecorino wines. You can however try one of several IGP wines as well. Many of them produce really nice Pecorino varietals.

Food pairing
Pecorino is an excellent wine with salty, hard cheese but will also fit nicely with a variety of other dishes, for example white fish or chicken. Or why not a Vitello Tonnato (thin slices of veal with a tuna sauce). Serve the wine at 10-12°C/50-54°F to be sure to have full access to the flowery aromas.

Where is it grown?
In Italy, Pecorino is grown almost exclusively in the centre-east of the country, e.g. in Abruzzo and Marche, with only small plantings in other regions. The total acreage reported is 1.114 ha/2,752 ac making it the seventy-second most planted grape in the country. Small plantings are found in a few other regions, with some reported from Calabria in the south under the synonym Pecorello.There has been a ten fold increase in the area reported from Italy between 2000 and 2010, indicating that most of the acreage mentioned above is recently planted.

There are some small plantings, 114 ha/282 ac reported also from Peru.

Given the variety’s versatility, it wouldn’t be surprising if it will be picked up by wine makers also in other countries, for example in Argentina, Chile or New Zealand.

Pecorino is a variety recognised as being native to the Marche region, where it has been grown for several hundred years. It was for a period of time thought to have become extinct but is now experiencing a growth in popularity with numerous wine makers, especially in Italy’s centre, having replanted it.