Italian wine and grape guide : Cacchione


The Cacchione grape is a very versatile grape, spread in Lazio, and especially in the provinces of Rome and Latina. The Cacchione is a grape variety of ancient origin widely in the Castelli Romani in Roman times and mentioned by Pliny as “grapes pantastica”.The Cacchione is also known as Bellone and makes part of many denominations of Lazio. The berry is white, medium, round with thick, waxy skin, yellowish with brown streaks. The bunch is medium-large, cylindrical-conical, often winged, compact with a large, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf. The Cacchione grape requires medium expansion and rich pruning. The most suitable soils are of volcanic origin. This grape has high vigour and a fairly abundant productivity though not constant. The wines produced with Cacchione grapes are of an intense yellow color, with golden reflections. Intense aroma, fruity with notes of citrus and light mineral accent.

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