LIGURIA is one of Italy’s 20 administrative regions.

POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY | Capital city: Genova (GE). Provinces (4): Genova (GE). | Imperia (IM). | La Spezia (SP). | Savona (SV). 

DOCGs | None.

DOCs | Cinque Terre or Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà DOC. | Colli di Luni DOC. | Colline di Levanto DOC. | Dolceaqua or Rossese di Dolceaqua DOC. | Golfo del Tigullio-Portofino or Portofino DOC. | Golfo del Tigullio-Portofino DOC Passito. | Pornassio or Ormeasco di Pornassio DOC. | Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC. | Val Polcèvera DOC.

IGTsLiguria di Levante

GRAPE VARIETIES 

Native grapes | Red | Dolcetto (Ormeasco). | Rossese. | White | Albarola. | Bosco. | Piccabòn. | Pigato. | Vermentino. 

‘The mountainous part of eastern Liguria is called the Levante. The main varieties here are Albarola, Bosco and Vermentino. The area is also rich in little-known natives: Frappelao Bianco, Ruzzese (also known as Rossese Bianco di Arcola), Piccabòn, Rollo (not Rolle, which is Vermentino), Rossese Bianco, and Scimiscia’ [sic]. Piccabòn was shown to be identical to Vernaccia di San Gimignano and to Bervedino (Bervedino had been thought identical to Vermentino). Frappelao Bianco was shown to be identical to Scimiscia’. Rossese Bianco, Ruzzese and Scimiscia were later registered in the National Registry,’ (Ian d’Agata, 2014, p40-1, abridged).

‘Vermentino and Pigato are both native grapes, with Pigato thought to be a biotype of Vermentino that mutated over the centuries. Others claim they are different grapes. Albarola and Bosco from Cinque Terre [a UNESCO World Heritage site] are usually blended but pure bottlings can be found,’ (Ian d’Agata, 2014, p40-1, abridged).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Dr Ian d’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014), p.xiv-xv.