A little light info to get us all started on Liguria:
Total Vineyard Size
1,568 hectares is the total regional vineyard including vineyards producing fruit for Quality wines, Table wines & Table grapes
Dedicated to Quality
In total 847 hectares are dedicated to producing grapes for Quality wines
Colline di Levanto
Colli di Luni
Genova Golfo del Tiguillo
Riviera dei Fiori
Riviera Ligure di Ponente
% DOP / IGP
2013 figures indicate 73.9% of Liguria’s wines are produced according to EU DOP Quality standards. Liguria produces 8 DOP wines all of which are DOC classified including 5 special ‘sottozone’ in Riviera Ligure di Ponente. They also produce 3 IGP wines accounting for 13% of production. Table wines account for 13% of output.
As always, a number of the regions native grape varieties are used only for blending purposes. That said we’ve listed those grapes which we understand might be available as mono-varietals or which are interesting blenders. Naturally as we make our own discovery we’ll update these lists.
A native of Liguria also known as Dolcetto from neighbouring Piemonte. So who gets the bragging rights? Let’s find out.
ROSSESE DI CAMPOCHIESA
Analysis suggests Rossese is the same as Tibouren which is a French native from Provence, just across the Italian / French border. But then again ?
Genetically the same as Liguria’s very own ALBAROLA. Who’d have guessed were it not for those wonderful people doing the DNA analysis.
Research shows that Pigato is identical to Vermentino. Yet it produces some very different wines. How’s that ?
ROSSESE BIANCO DI SAN BIAGIO
written about for a couple of hundred years, in Liguria these traditionally grown grapes are considered as natives
Genetically the same as Liguria’s very own ALBAROLA. Who’d have guessed.
A native also known as Dolcetto from neighbouring Piemonte
Research shows that Pigato is identical to Vermentino. Yet it produces some very different wines.
Analysis suggests this is the same as Tibouren, a French native from Provence, just across the Italian French border. But then again ?
Due to the variability of information from year to year, all data provided is intended to be for indicative purposes only. However, we do try to keep ourselves ‘reasonably’ updated :)