Vernaccia di Serrapetrona

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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.

Similar wines

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.

Profile

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.

Food pairing

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.

Tips

Protocol
  • registration: 1971 DOC 2004 DOCG
  • category: red wine
  • carbon dioxide: sparkling
  • residual sugar: dry, sweet
Production zone
  • region: Marche
  • province: Macerata
  • municipalities: Serrapetrona, Belforte del Chienti, San Severino Marche
Tipologies
  • Vernaccia di Serrapetrona Dolce
  • Vernaccia di Serrapetrona Secca
Grapes varieties
  • Vernaccia nera (85-100%)
  • other local grapes (0-15%)
Maximum productivity
  • Quintals of grapes per hectare: 100,0
  • Hectoliters of wine per quintal: 0,58
Minimum alcohol
  • Vernaccia di Serrapetrona: 11,5%
Service
  • temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • glass: flute or small wine glass
  • longevity: 1-2 years
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