Grape Of The Week: Aleatico

Aleatico is an indigenous grape that is thought to have originated in Greece but is mainly grown in central Italian regions like Tuscany, Puglia, and Lazio. It thrives in hot climates with lots of exposure, which is why small quantities of Aleatico can also be found in Australia, California, and Chile. While there is a lot of speculation about Aleatico’s history, it is believed to be an offspring of Muscat A Petits Grains Blancs and to be closely related to Sangiovese

Aleatico Wines From The Greene Grape

An aromatic red varietal, Aleatico produces dry red and rose wines. Although, it is best known for producing dessert wines, which are made using the passito method where the grapes are air dried prior to vinification. The varietal also has a DOCG classification (Elba Aleatico Passito DOCG) which is rare for dessert wine. Aleatico can deliver floral aromas while spice, red fruit, and cherry notes tantalizing the palate. It pairs fantastically with gorgonzola, fish soup, and mushroom dishes. 

Whet your whistle with these Aleatico wines:

Annesanti Raspato Rosato 2022

Fattoria Villi Ligi Vernaculum Pergola Aleatico 2022


Grape Photo Credit: Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen, GERMANY