Passerina is a white grape variety cultivated mainly in the regions of Marche and Abruzzo, but also found in other regions, Emilia Romagna and Lazio. The origins of this white grape variety are unknown and it is known by a variety of different names, such as Campolese, Pagadebito Gentile, Trebbiano di Teramo and Uva Passera and its name comes from the Italian word for sparrow “Passero”, in reference to the bird’s appetite for the ripe grapes of this variety. The nature of the wines produced with this grape is different for each region but they all have in common notes of ripe citrus fruit on the nose.
Passerina produces wines with a distinctive personality. These clean, fresh wines are dry and defined by aromas of flowers and delicate herbs. Passerina is best enjoyed young and paired with lighter fare, such as tapas and simple shellfish preparations.