Grechetto is an Italian wine grape that is thought to be of Greek origin for, over 2,500 years ago, the ancient Greeks imported the ancestor of the Grechetto vine to southern Italy. As the grape vine has propagated throughout Italy, the name Grechetto has been ascribed to several varieties that may have been linked historically to Greece. The name relates to both white (Greco Bianco) and black (Greco nero) wine grape varietals. However, while there is more land area dedicated to the black grape, the white grape is the grape most commonly referred to by the shorthand "Greco." In the Campania region, the white grape is used to make Greco di Tufo and Code di Volpe.
Grechetto, with a pleasant nuttiness and leafiness character, is usually blended with Trebbiano and occasionally other white grapes into Orvieto wines.
Grechetto-based wines pair well with antipasta, heavier fish, chicken, pork and veal with citric and other acidic and herbal sauces; asparagus with lemon and vegetables with acidic sauces; sushi, risotto and light tomato-based pasta.
Cheeses that go well with Grechetto wines include herbed Boursin, Bucheron, Dry Jack sheep-milk Feta, Gouda, Havarti, Mahon, Neufchatel, Pava Affinois and Raclette.