Is there any Grechetto in Australia?

This man sold me some grechetto in Todi, Umbria

This man sold me some grechetto in Todi, Umbria

A Reader Asks:

Is anybody growing Grechetto and making wine with it in Australia? (used in Orvieto Italian white wines)

Darby Replies

I don't think so.

I don't know if anyone is using it in Australia and it doesn't appear in the list of varieties held by the CSIRO which was published in George Kerridge and Alan Antcliff's Wine Grape Varieties.

The picture above is yours truly in an enoteca in Todi near Orvieto in Umbria where I first encountered the variety. It was more a Salumeria than an enoteca but the man in the white coat was more than happy to sell me a couple of lovely bottles of Grechetto di Todi.

Grechetto, greco di tufo and grecanico are three unrelated Italian white wine grape varieties, and, you guessed it, the Grec- part refers to their supposed Greek Origins.

Grechetto makes a good white wine either alone or blended with varieties such as Trebbiano, Verdello (not Verdelho!!) and Malvasia.

Usually when I say some variety is not grown in Australia someone pops out of the woodwork and tells me I'm wrong...If you'd like to prove me wrong post a comment.

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Oct 17, 2012
by: Marcello Fabretti

I have some Grechetto in WA.

I've only got half a dozen vines, but I'll be planting a few rows of it grafted onto Ruggeri 140 in 2013.

I have the Orvieto clone (G109), which accounts for most of the plantings in Umbria. The other one from Todi (G5) is also known as Pignoletto, which I know to be available from Viticlone Supplies in WA.

Apr 11, 2011
Grechetto in Oz - new to me!
by: Dick Friend

Gday Darby

I haven't heard of it planted here, and so it doesn't feature in the 171 unique varieties in my latest update of "Grapes 101" now available on iPhone and through the Android Market.

But, as you say, it is amazing what is out there!

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