New life of Pecorino

At the end of the 70’s, the Pecorino grapevine had more or less disappeared and with it also the precious nectar made from these grapes. It was indeed at this time that Guido Cocci Grifoni came along, with his friend and expert sommelier Teodoro Bugari. They decided to look for this native grapevine in the wild lands of the National Monti Sibillini Park.

Guido Cocci Grifoni found an old Pecorino grapevine in Arquata del Tronto and recollects:

“ morning in September, before the harvesting period, some friends and I went to Arquata del Tronto, near Pescara, because someone had told me that there was an antique Pecorino grapevine there. When we arrived, the owner of the land, Mr. Cafini, showed us some shoots that were obviously two or three generations old. In February the year after, I went back to get the shoots and took them to my estate in Ripatransone, where I planted the first grafts. My idea was to cultivate them as pure Pecorino. I was a strange idea and my friends would keep reminding me so on winter evenings in front of the fire... but I really wanted that wine, I knew it was possible and I never gave in to doubt”.

In February 1983, the first grafts were made on some rows of vines in different geographic positions within the holding of Tenuta Cocci Grifoni Just two years later, the first demijohns of wine were made. Today, the historical vineyard of 1983 with the mother plants of Pecorino is the heart of the holding where Cocci Grifoni cultivate, since day one, the Pecorino grapes from which the well-known single-variety “Colle Vecchio” D.O.C.G. wine comes.

Surrounded by the white cliffs of the badlands canyons and cultivated on steep slopes, the mother vineyard is located in an amazing natural area, where the ecosystem crosses the small medieval towns of Ripatransone, Grottammare and Cossignano back down to the valley of the Tronto river, in the south of the Marche region. A place where the rarest wildlife of the badlands ecosystem is found, such as the night birds of prey, which make their nests in the high crags of chalky rock. This place is also crossed by Peregrine falcons and black kites.

For further information, consult the book entitled PECORINO WINE – Taste, combine and find out more about a great Italian wine – link