The Lacrima grape is also known by the name of the wine that is obtained, the Lacrima di Morro d'Alba. It is a Marche native grape of ancient origins: it seems that in 1167 Frederick Barbarossa drunk wine made from this grape when he dwelt in the castle of Morro d'Alba, in the siege of Ancona.
The origins of the name seem to stem from the fact that the berries, when ripe, ooze juice droplets that appear as tears (lacrima means a tear). According to others, the name would be connected to the elongated berry or to a distant relationship with grapes Spanish “lacrima”.
Over the centuries its presence has shrunk more and more to become a variety exclusively grown in the area of Morro d'Alba. For this reason it also risked extinction in recent decades, until the ‘80s when it was protected with modern farming. Small amounts of this grape are also grown in Romagna, Tuscany and Puglia.
The Lacrima has a black berry, medium, spherical with thick and consistent, blue-black colored skin. The cluster is medium, pyramidal, winged and straggly with a medium, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf.
The vine Lacrima prefers a temperate climate since it is not very resistant to bad weather and is sensbile to the attacks of botrytis. This vine has high vigor, good productivity even if uneven, and an average maturity.
The Lacrima vine of Morro d'Alba gives an intense ruby red color wine with purple hues. The scent is aromatic, distinctive, and vinous, with the characteristic aroma of fermenting in the cellar. With aging the olfactory notes evolve to fruity-floral strawberry, cherry, blackberries, blueberries, purple and violet. The structure is medium-bodied and the taste is dry, with evident tannin but well-turned.