There is a lovely story surrounding the naming of this variety, which I was told from an older winemaker in the Italian, Abruzzo region. Passerina is a genus of birds in the cardinal family and in Italian ‘sparrow’ translates as ‘passero’. As the tale goes the Passerina grape variety is the sparrows’ favourite tipple and therefore the name stuck.
The main production areas are Le Marche and Abruzzo, where the influence of the sea adds further saltiness and pleasantness. Until a few years ago, before the reborn of autochthonous vines, Passerina was used as a blending grape to add elegance, however, today many vintners produce varietal Passerina to enhance its strong aromatic qualities.
This is a great simple wine. Fresh and delicate on the palate. Almost what I’d call zesty. Not overly structured (a good thing in this case). It’s not an aging wine, but one to enjoy now. it is a very pleasant wine, perfect as an aperitif, for finger food or as a wine suitable for any informal occasion:
They probably still have their original Fiat 500 Tipolino Abarth – while the rest of their neighbouring vineyards are driving Mercs and Bimmers. (The scorpion is the symbol of Abarth)
PASSERINA COLLINE TEATINE – IL FEUDUCCIO STA MARIA D’ORAI 18
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