Pecorello Bianco is a white wine grape variety native to Italy. It is grown in the Calabria region of Italy. Pecorello Bianco is another of the many grapes in Italy whose name is linked to sheep (‘pecora’ or pecore in the plural). It is unrelated to the red wine grape Pecorello which is found in the blend for the Savuto DOC.

Where grown: Calabria it is very common in Calabria, particularly in the Valle del Savuto and in the provinces of Catanzaro and Cosenza, especially in the latter. It has always been blended with other local grapes to make light, easygoing white wines and is usually present in significant percentages (> 85%) in DOC wines Terre di Cosenza Pecorello and in several IGT wines.

Viticulture: Medium sized bunches; small to medium berries.

Wine style: Characterized by good total acidity and a high pH values.

Also known as: Pecorello Bianco may be called Pecorella in Calabria.

Bibliography

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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.195.