Pehhcora Pecorino Terre Di Chiete IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) is a white wine made from 100% Pecorino grapes grown at high altitudes in the Abruzzo wine growing region of central Italy. It is made by Orion Wines.
Orion Wines was created to bring together interesting wines from small growers and wineries from all over Italy. The company was established by Luca Pomaro and winemaker Alessandro Michelon who retain complete control over the vineyards and growers they work with. The idea is to produce wines from indigenous grapes that express the typicity of the particular region where they are grown. Abruzzo is a mountainous region bordering the Adriatic Sea and most of the wine is made in the Chiete province, the fifth largest wine-producing province in Italy.
The grapes for the Pehhcora Pecorino Terre Di Chiete come from 10 to 15 year old vineyards, with South and East facing aspects, located at an altitude of 130m above sea level on limestone-clay soils. The grapes are hand-picked at the beginning of September. They are destemmed and gently crushed prior to being chilled and rested for 18 hours. The juice is then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 18c. After fermentation, the wine is left to rest in stainless tanks for 6 months and is then further aged for 6 months in bottle before release.
If you didn’t know, Pecora means sheep in Italian, hence the name and the sheep on the label. Pecorino, like the cheese, means “little sheep”.