We Marchigiani (pronounced Mar-key-jah-nee) pride ourselves on our faith – to our local wines, that is. Because what Marche wines lack in notoriety they make up for in taste and variety.
Our soil and grapes produce some of the most delicious and lesser known Italian red and white wines. All delectable. But since I’m always pulling for the underdog, and since I’m a sucker for a great name, my number one favorite regional red wine is Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. Derived from the ancient Lacrima grape, this wine was added to the Marche DOC (regional wine “real deal” certification) list of wines recently, in 1985. It is produced by small aziende agricole or agricultural co-ops, (and not a few contadini , farmers, in their cantine, basements) in the hills and valleys surrounding Morro d’Alba, a gorgeous little walled borgo (hamlet).
My grandmother, also known as my go-to gal for local sayings and lore, once told me that Lacrima wine was actually once called Lacrima Christi, or “tear of Christ” because of its ruby red color. I’ve always silently wondered why Christ’s tears would be ruby red, but I also started to understand why this wine had so many “faithful” followers. So I did some research, which told me that the lacrima is actually the tear-shaped droplet that forms on the grape when it’s ready to be picked. Well, I have to say I like my grandmother’s far-fetched version of history better.
Cheers! Or, as we say here in Le Marche, Alla goccia! (“Drink it all, to the last drop!”)
Images courtesy of the Mayor’s office of Morro d’Alba.
- – Contributed by Enrica Frulla, a marketing consultant and copywriter living in Le Marche.