Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG is a unique sparkling red wine in the enological scene. First of all it is a sparkling wine vinified in red made with Vernaccia grapes, a local black berry vine, which are partially dried during the winter months; in the second place it undergoes three fermentations before being bottled: the first one is made with the basic must, the second one after adding the must produced with the dried grapes, the third one in the autoclave.
At the time of vinification no more than 60% of the grapes can be immediately vinified, at least 40% must be subjected to drying. In this way, under certain conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, the grapes lose part of their weight, ensuring a higher concentration of sugars and, consequently, increasing the level of alcohol in the next must.
The designation is relatively small, as is the number of producers, despite the fact that the area is dedicated to vine cultivation since the Middle Ages. The vineyards are mostly distributed in the hills, between 200 and 500 m above sea level, on stony-clayey and calcareous soils.
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG is a particular and unique product: it is in fact a red sparkling wine produced with dried grapes. In Italy there are few other red sparkling wines but, unlike the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, do not include the drying of the grapes before fermentation: the most famous is Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG produced in Piedmont.
The color is ruby red tending to garnet, with intense red foam. The nose reveals a bouquet of clear wineiness; hints of dried red fruit, jams, withered flowers emerge. The flavor is dry or sweet depending on the typology, soft, slightly tannic, bitterish ground typical of Vernaccia.
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG in the dolce (sweet) typology is a meditation wine that goes well with dry pastries. The sweet tooth will not be disappointed when paired with fruit pies or forest fruit tarts. In the secco (dry) typology is more versatile: it is good for both aperitifs and accompanying throughout the meal.
- registration: 1971 DOC 2004 DOCG
- category: red wine
- carbon dioxide: sparkling
- residual sugar: dry, sweet
- region: Marche
- province: Macerata
- municipalities: Serrapetrona, Belforte del Chienti, San Severino Marche
- Vernaccia di Serrapetrona Dolce
- Vernaccia di Serrapetrona Secca
- Vernaccia nera (85-100%)
- other local grapes (0-15%)
- Quintals of grapes per hectare: 100,0
- Hectoliters of wine per quintal: 0,58
- Vernaccia di Serrapetrona: 11,5%
- temperature: 8°C / 46°F
- glass: flute or small wine glass
- longevity: 1-2 years