Vernaccia Nera | Native Italian red wine grape found in Umbria and Le Marche. This Vernaccia has several centuries of renown, although very little of it is planted today. An aromatic red, Vernaccia Nera is responsible for the unique wine Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG, a bottle fermented sparkling wine that must have been made from at least 40% air-dried grapes. Similar to the fuller-bodied Lambruscos, Vernaccia di Serrapetrona wines show beautiful floral aromas such as rose and violet that lure one into the deep black cherry notes on the nose and palate. Because this grape takes well to air-drying, sweet passito styles also made. The Serrapetrona DOC turns out equally rich non-sparkling versions.

Wines | Serrapetrona DOC (Le Marche). | Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG (Le Marche). 

Bibliography

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

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.75