Increasingly rare, less and less produced. Sciacchetrà is a marvel among meditation wines, a unique passito made from Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino grapes left to dry away from the sun, in airy places, even for 70 days. After November 1st, the bunches are carefully de-stemmed, hand-selecting the grapes that are then pressed and vinified in steel tanks in contact with the skins.
The wine is then aged in small barrels, but also in amphorae, and then sold in typical tapered 375 ml bottles. The yield is ridiculous, around 25% considering the amount of work in the vineyard, Sciacchetrà is a nightmare for those who produce it. Commercially speaking, it doesn't make sense. It is a wine for dreamers, for folks with imagination and who love the taste of a good challenge, of aesthetic gesture. It is a sweet, savory white, with bitter counterpoints, often balsamic, a wine to be tasted slowly.
Rare Wines. The heroic viticulture of Sciacchetrà
selected by Gambero Rosso