Colli di Serrapetrona
It is so easy to fall for the remote charms of Serrapetrona, a hilltop village on chalk and limestone, of some 400 inhabitants whose livelihood is almost exclusively entwined with their unique local vine ‘Vernaccia Nera’.
It is simply defined as ‘see Grenache’ in the great Jancis’ bookend ‘Wine Grapes’, but I don’t advise using that blunt definition within hearing distance of Serrapetrona, they know what they have is unique, it is very unlikely that it is Grenache.
Most of the handful of producers specialise in turning it into a sparkling red called Vernaccia Nera di Serrapetrona DOCG.
It can be dry or sweet and must be made from at least 30% naturally dried grapes. It was one of the first DOCG wines from the Marche and can be exceptional, the best wine of its type in the world.
Colli di Serrapetrona is unusual in concentrating on still wines and their Robbione has cult written all over it, a remarkable creation sculpted by the skilled hand of winemaker Frederico Ricci.
It will be interesting to see if the new management can build on some sound decisions.