Liguria Wine Region
The lack of cultivable land is a prerogative of Liguria, so farmers were forced to build terraces on steep slopes over the centuries. As a result, most wine-growing areas in the region are very tiny and produce extremely low volumes. Colli di Luni and the plains in the Riviera Ligure di Ponente area are the main exception to this rule: larger flat areas or rolling hills allowed the establishment of slightly bigger estates with a more significant output.
Which are the main wine-growing areas in Liguria
- Colli di Luni DOC: on the border with Tuscany, this inter-regional denomination features rolling hills overlooking Mar Ligure that produce some of the finest expressions of Vermentino, starting out crisp and zingy and developing mineral complexity with time.
- Cinque Terre: Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino thrive on terraced vineyards surrounding the picture-perfect villages of Cinque Terre, producing delicate and herbal wines. Sciacchetrà, the traditional Passito sweet wine made with the same grapes, is considerably rarer but also worth trying – it combines luscious sweetness with maritime savoriness and a distinctive spicy allure.
- Rossese di Dolceacqua: on the border with France, the area of Dolceacqua produces elegant reds bearing resemblance to lighter styles of Grenache.
- Riviera Ligure di Ponente: this area in Western Liguria is the most important for the production of Pigato.
Ormeasco di Pornassio: picture-perfect vineyards on the foothills of the Alps, producing medium-bodied red wines and Sciac-trà, a light and refreshing rosè.
Other denominations :
- Colline di Levanto DOC
- Golfo del Tigullio-Portofino / Portofino DOC
- Pornassio / Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC
- Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC
- Rossese di Dolceacqua / Dolceacqua DOC
- Val Polcèvera DOC
- IGP Colline del Genovesato
- IGP Colline Savonesi
- IGP Liguria di Levante
- IGP Terrazze dell’Imperiese