Liguria

Description

Description

Anyone who sets their eyes on this region’s intricate, terraced gardens will be amazed by the lengths to which some people will go just to make a little wine. Its rugged terrain, stuck on a narrow strip between the Alps, the Apennines, and the Italian Riviera, is uniquely treacherous, especially for viticulture. Like those of the Aosta Valley, Ligurian wines are produced in limited quantities and are rarely exported. The region boasts two main production areas to the east and west of Genoa. Its commercial wine production areas are mostly concentrated in the west, along the Riviera Ponente and the French border. Aside from a few exceptions, Liguria is best known for Pigato and Vermentino. The best of these varietal white wines are produced inland, near Imperia, where lovely vineyards mix with olive groves to yield striking vistas. This region also produces red wines, such as the Rossese di Dolceacqua appellation (made from a grape of the same name), which was the first in the Ligurian Riviera to achieve a DOC designation, and Pornassio, produced with Ormeasco grapes, the local version of Piedmontese Dolcetto. To the east, around La Spezia in Riviera Levante, the breathtaking terraced vineyards of the Colli di Luni, Golfo del Tigullio and Cinque Terre DOCs are known for red and white wine blends that are particularly popular with tourists. The Cinque Terre zone is also known for Sciacchetrà, a rare and delicate wine beloved by connoisseurs.

Wines

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Albarola
  • Bosco
  • Pigato
  • Rossese
  • Sangiovese
  • Vermentino

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Cinque Terre / Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà DOC
  • Colli di Luni DOC
  • Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC
  • Rossese di Dolceacqua / Dolceacqua DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting

Anyone who sets their eyes on this region’s intricate, terraced gardens will be amazed by the lengths to which some people will go just to make a little wine. Its rugged terrain, stuck on a narrow strip between the Alps, the Apennines, and the Italian Riviera, is uniquely treacherous, especially for viticulture. Like those of the Aosta Valley, Ligurian wines are produced in limited quantities and are rarely exported. The region boasts two main production areas to the east and west of Genoa. Its commercial wine production areas are mostly concentrated in the west, along the Riviera Ponente and the French border. Aside from a few exceptions, Liguria is best known for Pigato and Vermentino. The best of these varietal white wines are produced inland, near Imperia, where lovely vineyards mix with olive groves to yield striking vistas. This region also produces red wines, such as the Rossese di Dolceacqua appellation (made from a grape of the same name), which was the first in the Ligurian Riviera to achieve a DOC designation, and Pornassio, produced with Ormeasco grapes, the local version of Piedmontese Dolcetto. To the east, around La Spezia in Riviera Levante, the breathtaking terraced vineyards of the Colli di Luni, Golfo del Tigullio and Cinque Terre DOCs are known for red and white wine blends that are particularly popular with tourists. The Cinque Terre zone is also known for Sciacchetrà, a rare and delicate wine beloved by connoisseurs.

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Albarola
  • Bosco
  • Pigato
  • Rossese
  • Sangiovese
  • Vermentino

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Cinque Terre / Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà DOC
  • Colli di Luni DOC
  • Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC
  • Rossese di Dolceacqua / Dolceacqua DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting