Incrocio Bruni 54 | White wine grape variety, a crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdicchio developed by botanist Bruno Bruni in 1936. It was Bruni’s 54th attempt at getting it right, hence the name. Verdicchio provides almond notes, glycerol richness, high natural acidity, a creamy mouthfeel and body, whilst Sauvignon Blanc provides aromas of melon, white flowers and fig. The wines are of potentially high quality. However, the grape is not easy to work with, as despite having a medium-large, pyramidal bunch and medium-large round berries the number of berries produced are few.

Where grown | Found in the Colli Macerataresi DOC in Le Marche, a region on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is also found in Romagna and in some IGPs in Umbria and Tuscany.

Wine quality | Ian d’Agata (2019, p313) says this is ‘an especially successful crossing’ because the wines deliver Sauvignon Blanc-style aromatics, and Verdicchio’s more mineral side (and its notably high natural acidity.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p109.

Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grape Terroirs of Italy (University of California Press, 2019), p313.