Have your Pecorino and drink it too!

November 10, 2008 / Food & Wine
Offida
On the steep hillsides north of Ascoli Piceno you’ll find a heritage grape native only to this area. The uva pecorino has produced fine wines for centuries but has only recently begun to receive attention outside the region.

Made from 100% pecorino grapes, the Vino Pecorino was first produced by shepherds in the high hills. Eventually the vines were transported to the area around Offida, but they usually occupy only the northern hillsides as the finicky grapes prefer somewhat cooler temperatures. Picturesque Offida has become the unofficial center of southern Le Marche’s wine country, and the vintage is often referred to as Offida Pecorino, due to the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) designation which limits its production to a relatively small swath of territory in the vicinity of the village.

The golden-hued wine contains a faint fragrance of the cheese which gave the grape its name, making them a perfect pair. But watch out – it packs a punch with an alcohol content hovering close to 14%!

Valerie Schneider

by Valerie Schneider

Through her company Panorama Italy she is the tour guide and expert of the Le Marche region, writer, avid cappuccino drinker.

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