Bianchello del Metauro
The region lies on the eastern coast of Italy, close to Pesaro, and encompassing the towns of Fano and Senigallia. The wine region completely lies within two larger DOCs: Colli Pesaresi and Falerio die Colli Ascolani, and shares its southern part with the Lacrima di Morro d´Alba DOC.
The wine region consists of hills running west to east along the Metauro River, in northern Marche. The soil is mostly sandy clay.
According to legend, the Roman army defeated a Carthaginian force led by Hannibal´s brother, Hasdrubal, due to the vast consumption of Bianchello wine prior to the battle.
Bianchello del Metauro is unique because it is made almost completely with the Bianchello (also known as Biancame or Biancuccio) grape. According to the regulations for the DOC, Bianchello must consist of at least 95% of the blend.
- Joseph Batianich & David Lynch Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy" pg 417 Clarkson Potter Publishers ISBN 9781400097746