The Cococciola is a native white grape variety from Abruzzo of uncertain origins and it is only grown in the province of Chieti, and while initially its use was mainly in blends with other white grapes, mainly the Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, now it is often vinified and made on its own.
Cococciola’s berries are white, large and spherical with yellow peel that has brown spots and streaks and is thick and consistent. The bunch is medium, cylindrical-conical, compact or tending to compact with large or medium-large leaf, three-lobed or five-lobed.
Although traditionally used as a blending grape due to its ability to produce balanced wines, Cococciola is now found more and more on its own made and sold under Abruzzo's various IGT appellations. The region's Colli Aprutini and Colline Teatine IGTs are the most likely place to start when looking for a 100% Cococciola wine, although the variety has recently been approved for use in single variety wines made under the wider Abruzzo DOC appellation.
The wines produced with Cococciola show a straw yellow color and a delicate nose with notes of white flowers in spring and clear citrus sensations of grapefruit and lemon. In the mouth it has a delicate and balanced fruity flavour of great persistence and pleasantness.