The rugged land had porous soil with a high limestone content. This proves particularly good for white grapes and leads to a distinct minerality in the wines. Dry whites produced in this region are primarily made from the Vermentino and Pigat grapes. These delicious white wines are perfect to enjoy at sunset on the Italian Riviera while watching the summer sun set across the sea.
While Liguria is known for its white wines, it does still produce delicious red wines. The key red grape of the area is Rossese which makes up the Dolceacqua DOC wine. This tends to be well-balanced with fruity and spicy notes. Other grape varietals grown in Liguria are Ciliegiolo, Ormeasco (similar to Dolcetto), and Sangiovese.
Our Wine Recommendations:
Bisson - L'Antico Çimixà Portofino 2016
This bold white wine is slightly off-dry with moderate acidity. As is typical of wines of this region, this wine has quite a bit of acidity but also has citrus and tropical fruit notes. This wine is quite versatile and will pair well with fish dishes, mature cheeses, and cured meats.
La Ginestraia - Pigato 2018
This white wine is slightly sweet with bright acidity. This wine has noticeable minerality with pear and apple notes and lingering finish.
Punta Crena - Cruvin 2014
This bold red wine has moderate tannins and is slightly off-dry and mildly acidic. It is strong in black fruits - blackberry and plum - with earthy notes and ripe cherry. It pairs beautifully with red meat dishes.
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