Ah the wonderful characteristics of a Grechetto wine with aromas of fresh fruit, especially that of pear and apple; hints of tropical fruit, from pineapple to banana, kiwi to grapefruit, and floral aromas of hawthorn and wattle. These are the complex aromas of this balanced, dry, acidic wines with excellent structure. You know it is a Grechetto, whose name is the same as that of the grape it is made of, if your wine has all these qualities.So where does this wonderful wine come from? The green lung of Italy – Umbria, just close to Orvieto and Todi. Just among the historic and natural wonders of the area lie Grechetto vineyards which form an enchanting landscape along the Umbrian slopes, just close to Tuscany, Lazio and Marche where the very same wine has completely different characteristics, but the one thing they have in common is that wonderful acidity. This is of utmost importance when it comes to pairing with local cuisine – especially meat-based dishes. Thanks to the great austerity of this white wine, the Grechetto is often assembled with grapes with a softer and more velvety scent, for example the Trebbiano or Malvasia Bianca from Tuscany. One of the internationally grape varieties of the Grechetto is Chardonnay. Experimenting with organoleptic qualities can be quite rewarding, and an example of this is the Dogajolo Bianco, a particular IGT wine which is produced in the hills of Montepulciano, just on the border of Chianciano. It is an assembly of Grechetto, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – pairing all the best of these vines to create a fruity taste, sapid finish and a complex dryness. This is an ideal companion for a pre-dinner drink or a night at home with friends, perhaps over a spicy meal. Enjoy!