It is an ancient variety native to the Marche, which has spread along on the ridge of the Sibillini Mountains in particular. This grape, despite guaranteeing a constant production, has seen a progressive decline with the introduction of more productive vines until being confined during the twentieth century to just the Arquata valley. Towards the end of the Eighties, thanks mainly to the commitment of the producer Guido Cocci Grifoni, it was reintroduced first in the province of Ascoli Piceno and then gradually to the rest of the region. From historical documents, it appears that the name of this vine may recall either the area of origin (Pecorino Arquatanella), or refer to the sheep farming very common there, hence the name pecorino (sheep) grapes (Uva Pecorina o Uva delle Pecore). One point of interest lies in the fact that there is evidence that this vine can also be found in Tuscany, where it goes under the name of Dolcipappola.
Vinification is usually done in the traditional way and rarely by ageing in barriques. The wine has a straw yellow colour with golden reflections, an intense, fruity aroma with hints of fresh fruits and notes of anise and field grass as well as a warm, full flavour with good acidity, alcohol and long persistence.
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