Liguria is one of Italy's smallest regions but is also one of its most beautiful. Liguria is sheltered to the north by the foothills of the Apennines, which make a small paradise of the area.
Most vineyards are sited on the lower slopes facing south and towards the Mediterranean. It will be difficult to find any Ligurian wines outside Italy although some Cinqueterres are exported.
CINQUETERRE/CINQUETERRE SCIACCHETRA DOC
This is the best wine from Liguria. It is the colour of straw and made using Vermentino, Bosco, and Albarola grapes. It has a subtle perfume and a fresh pleasing dry taste. Drink at 50- 53.6°F (10-12°C). Cinqueterre Schiacchetra is a sweet Cinqueterre made with partially dried grapes. The taste is deeper than the ordinary Cinqueterre, but can vary between almost dry and very sweet. The minimum alcohol level is 17%! Drink at 50- 53.6°F (10-12°C) for the almost dry examples, 46.4-50°F (8- 10°C) for the sweeter ones, although cooler is also possible.
OTHER WINES FROM LIGURIA
Vermentino, Iviera Ligure di Ponente, Olli di Luni, Olli di Levanto Rosso, Igato, Ossese Iviera Ligure di Ponente, Osesse di Dolceacqua (also known as Olceacqua).