Le Marche is a central Italian region on the Adriatic Sea. It’s famous for one of Italy’s best white grapes, Verdicchio, but also has some really cool red grapes that are like hidden gems - just like the region they come from, Le Marche.

Lacrima is one of these grapes. Lacrima means tear. This either refers to the shape of the grape, or because drinking it makes you cry happy tears!

The grape used to be widespread in different regions around central Italy. But there were only a few plantings of Lacrima left, back when the DOC was created in 1985, but today there are around 200 hectares around the village of Morro d’Alba. Don’t confuse this with the more famous wine village called Alba in Piemonte around which you’ll find Barolo and Barbaresco. Morro d’Alba is in Le Marche, inside the province of Ancona. Morro d’Alba comes from the words “rock” and “hill”, 2 things grapes tend to like.

Lacrima is an aromatic red grape variety that gives extremely dark almost black wines.

If you’ve had the pleasure of tasting a Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. The nose is floral whereas the flavours are of lavender, cinnamon and nutmeg paired with bright black cherry. It’s so distinct.

Here's our video featuring a Lacrima di Morro d'Alba DOC.

Provence is rightfully renown for the best rosé wines in the world, but there is more to Provence. Just check out this beautiful wine found in the Cassis AOC!

Had you ever heard of Cassis, the wine region? I wouldn't be surprised if you hadn't. The area covers merely 200 hectares, but viticulture here has been around for a long time, probably concurrently to the city of Marseille that neighbours it.

The region's main production is white wine predominantly made of the grapes Marsanne and Clairette. Because the bottles are few in numbers and the area attracts a lot of tourism, a large part of the wine is consumed in loco, so it may not be super easy to get your hands on. But you should certainly try and if at all possible, match it to some delicious oysters.

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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and the largest of the 20 regions of Italy. Even though the island makes more white than red wine, its only DOCG wine region – for the moment – is a red. It’s called Cerasuolo di Vittoria. The word “Cerasuolo” derives from cherry, and Vittoria is the central town of the region.

A special red grape called Frappato originates here. Frappato does well in sandy soil and ripens late in the year and gives wines with a pale color and delicate fruit.

In the past, this grape wasn’t considered powerful enough and was traditionally blended with Nero d’Avola a grape that is grown a bit all over Sicily. Nero d’Avola prefers red soils and ripens earlier (so it is usually planted in places where Frappato cannot ripen well) and gives a stronger color and a deeper texture with its higher alcohol, good acidity and tannin. Flavors of dark plum and dark red cherry.

In the appellation Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG the two grapes must be combined.

The ideal is a 50-50 ratio so Nero d’Avola doesn’t overpower the character of the Frappato.

The Classico area corresponds to the original area of production in the centre of the appellation, which goes back to the DOC boundaries established in 1973.

In 2005 the area was bumped up to DOCG and the zone expanded with a sort of outer ring that cannot use the Classico designation so merely be labelled as Cerasuolo di Vittoria.