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    PASSERINA WINE
    "As lively as light, as fresh as spring".
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    PASSERINA WINE
    "As lively as light, as fresh as spring".
  • The "Offida" Docg


    The appellation "Offida" Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG) is used for wines produced in the Municipality of Offida in Ascoli Piceno Province (the correct pronunciation is "Offìda"). Wines produced with the ancient Passerina grape variety that meet the standards of the “Offida” Docg production rules are classified as “Offida Passerina”.
    The rules were approved as Doc pursuant to Ministerial Decree dated 23.05.2001, and as Docg pursuant to Ministerial Decree dated 15.06.2011

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  • Marche Passerina Igt

    The grape varieties used to produce wines under the “Marche” IGT appellation must be grown in the administrative territory of the provinces of Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata and Pesaro Urbino in Marche Region.
    Marche “Passerina” IGT wines must have a total alcohol volume of at least 10 % Vol. but no more than 15%Vol.

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An ancient jewel with many names

Passerina is a very ancient local white grape cultivar from the Central-Adriatic region of Italy, which is known under many different appellations in other regions.

Today Passerina is widely grown in Marche Region (above all in Ascoli Piceno Province where between the 70s and 80s farsighted producers like Cocci Grifoni invested in this variety). It is also grown in Abruzzo, Umbria and some areas of Lazio.

Many sources indicate Passerina as a variety of the Trebbiano cultivar. According to some researchers, it originated from a genetic mutation of Biancame, also known as Bianchello, a grape variety today widely grown in the Pesaro area in Northern Marche. In her “Guide to Wine Grapes” (published by Slow Food, 1996), Jancis Robinson describes Passerina as an “ancient grape variety which is perhaps a relative of the Trebbiano”. The vine’s hardy resistance to mildew and parasites ensures excellent harvests. Some of the more curious appellations of this grape variety (“Pagadebiti”, “Scacciacambiali”) come from these very characteristics, and were passed on by word of mouth as pearls of farming wisdom.

(source: Salvatore Marsillo, Bibenda 7, Ais. ).

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