Northern Italian riviera

Liguria, Genova, Italia
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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 RiomaggioreVernazza 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.
Liguria in a Nutshell
  • Area: 5.416 km2 (18th out of 20)
  • Mountain: 65,1%
  • Hill: 34,9%
  • Highest peak: Monte Saccarello (2201 mt)
  • Population: 1.507.636 (2,6%)
  • Provinces: Genova, Imperia, La Spezia, Savona.


Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy
Interesting facts about Liguria
  • In the past, Liguria produced a considerably higher quantity of wine but the rise of tourism and the abandonment of hard-to-manage terraced vineyards has caused the volumes to plummet.
  • Merchants from Genoa have contributed to spreading grapes around the Mediterranean basin. In fact, some historians argue that names like Grenache and Guarnaccia derive from the Ligurian town of Vernazza.
  • 65% of the regional production is white wine and 35% is red and rosè wine.
  • Despite ranking 19th out of 20 regions in terms of total volumes, Liguria boasts high average quality, the difficult growing conditions forcing producers to focus on premium wine production to command higher prices. 
  • The Portofino maritime reserve was the place where the first attempts at aging wine underwater occurred. Bisson, a key Ligurian producer, takes credit for having kick-started the trend by launching iconic sparkling wine Abissi, the bottle of which is covered by shells and marine debris accumulated on its surface during aging.  


Wine areas

Discover the Key Winemaking Areas in Liguria: Cinque Terre and Dolceacqua. You can easily explore both during your time in Liguria.


The grape yields wine with a fragrant aroma, reminiscent of Liguria's pine forests and sea breezes, with an underlying mineral quality.


Liguria Travel Guide: Beyond Cinque Terre – Explore Genoa, Portofino, and Coastal Vineyards


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