Italian wine and grape guide : Biancame


The Biancame grape variety is present mainly in the Marche and is also known as Bianchello or Greco bianco. The Biancame owes its name to the rather pale color of its grapes. The Biancame origins date back to a few centuries BC, but the spread of the vine began from 500 BC. Even Tacitus supposes that the wines produced with Bianchello (Biancame) have been the main cause of the defeat by the Romans in the famous Battle of the Metaurus, with Carthaginians warriors in a drunken state. In 1969, Biancame gave rise to the name of the Bianchello del Metauro DOC. Biancame vine gives fresh and fruity wines and is often vinified in blends with other regional grapes. Its production area is located on the north east coast of Italy, including Emilia-Romagna and Marche, along the coast and hilly areas. The berry is white, medium-sized, round with thin not very consistent, yellowish often sprinkled with dots and brown spots, slightly waxy skin. The bunch is large, cylindrical-conical, often winged seeds and tightened with a pentagonal, medium to large size, five-lobed leaf. From the vine “Biancame” you get a straw yellow colored wine with a delicate aroma of apple and peach, with hints of spices; the taste is slightly acid with fresh aromatic finish and with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

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