Pecorino wine in Australia

Pecorino is a white wine variety, originally from the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is now used by a few Australian winemakers.


The name derives from the Italian word for sheep, hence it shares its name with a popular ewe's milk cheese

Pecorino the wine variety has its home in the Marche region of Italy and was not appreciated by most of the wine world until recently.  Now it has become more popular and is now attracting the attention of a growing number of growers, producers and consumers in Australia.

Pecorino wines are often crisp and dry with pronounced herbal aromatics.  Occasionally it is used in blends, but it is more often used as a straight varietal.

As there are only a few Australian producers it is included in the Rare Ozzies book. 

Hint: You can lean more about rare varieties by using the #rareozzies hashtag in search engines and social media.

Australian Producers of Pecorino

There are just a few producers this variety so far but the quality of the wines being produced is such that there is sure to me more in the near future.

Pecorino at Primo Estate in the McLaren Vale RegionPecorino at Primo Estate in the McLaren Vale Region
  • Amadio Adelaide Hills
  • Bike and Barrel Alpine Valleys
  • Billy Button Alpine Valleys
  • Brycefield Estate Hunter Valley
  • Chalmers Heathcote
  • David Hook Wines Hunter Valley
  • De Iuliis Hunter Valley
  • Fox Creek Wines McLaren Vale
  • Jamsheed Yarra Valley
  • Matriarch and Rogue Clare Valley
  • Paracombe Wines Adelaide Hills
  • Primo Estate McLaren Vale
  • Sirromet Granite Belt
  • The Little Wine Company Hunter Valley
  • Whitches Falls Queensland Zone
  • Zonzo Yarra Valley
Last updated 6 Dec 2023

At the 2023 Alternative Varieties Wine Show six Pecorino wines were judged. Two silver and Three bronze medals were awarded.

Other Italian white Wine varieties in Australia

Arneis | Bianco d'Alessano | Cortese | Fiano | Friulano | Garganega | Greco di Tufo | Grillo | Moscato Giallo | Pecorino | Picolit | Prosecco | Trebbiano | Verduzzo | Vermentino
You can learn about Italian Wine Regions with this digital wine Map of Italy. Instant download.

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