Wines of Le Marche — part 4: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

Photo by Massimo Feliziani

Morro d’Alba — an ancient village close to the beautiful beach town of Senigallia — is the birthplace of a truly unique wine called lacrima, “tear”. Behind this evocative name there is the tendency of its grapes to split and “cry”. According to legend, Frederick Barbarossa (Holy Roman Emperor from 1155) became a fan of the wine after conquering the Castle of Morro d’Alba.

Tears of grape juice

The Lacrima grape variety was once very close to extinction, and when it was granted DOC status in 1985, there were only 7 hectares of vines remaining. Today they have expanded to cover almost 100 times that area. The wine’s bouquet recalls lavender, roses and violets, over heavier notes of stewed strawberries. The flavors are redolent of blueberry and cinnamon. Although typically mid-bodied, dry and relatively tannic, the wine can also be produced in a sweet passito style.