Northern Italian riviera
Liguria: heroic viticulture in coastal settings
Liguria stretches from the border with France to Tuscany in Central Italy, flanking Mar Ligure. A narrow region with mountains rising right behind the coast, it benefits from a temperate Mediterranean climate, making it a perfect summer destination.
Pine trees, palms, and terraced olive groves and vineyards on cliffs diving into the sea define the region’s awe-inspiring landscape. They flank picturesque small towns characterized by colorful houses with painted facades.
Coastal villages like Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Manarola in the Cinque Terre area, Portofino and Camogli rank among the famous tourist destinations in Italy. Genoa, Liguria’s chief town, is one of the country’s largest harbor cities. Because of space constraints, the region produces small volumes of excellent quality wines. Dry whites take center stage – usually light, crisp and nuanced – followed by equally delicate, fruit-forward and easy-drinking reds, and some of Italy’s best sweet wines.