Grechetto Bianco, Grechetto di Orvieto | White grape native to Italy which is most abundant in Umbria in central Italy, in the countryside around Orvieto in the western part of Perugia province, and in Terni province, as well as in Lazio (D’Agata 2015, p313).
The name | Grechetto denotes this variety’s presumed Greek origin, says Ian D’Agata (2015, p313). It is found in Umbria where it has always been an extremely important variety (D’Agata 2015, p313).
Studies by Perugia University’s Department of Plant Culture (Istituto di Coltivazioni Arboree) defined two Grechetto varieties, namely Grechetto di Orvieto (or Grechetto G109) and Grechetto di Todi (or Grechetto G5).
They are neither clones, nor are they related, Grechetto di Todi in fact being Pignoletto and Grechetto Gentile being a specific clone of Grechetto di Todi called I G5 ICA-PG (D’Agata, 2015, p313).
Grechetto di Todi
Grechetto di Orvieto is most likely related to the Trebbiano family.
(aka ‘Grechetto Gentile’)
ALSO KNOWN AS | Also called ‘Pulcinculo’ or ‘flea in the ass’ due to the black spot at the base of every berry.
FLAVOUR PROFILE | Almond flavours, especially in the aftertaste. Can be bitter. Wines with a yellow tint. Can lack acidity.
Dr Ian D’Agata, Native wine grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014), p312-314.
| White wine grape native to Italy.