Vermentino is a versatile white wine grape variety able to produce quality still and sparkling wines, including late-harvest, and passito styles. Typical flavours include yellow fruits and flowers, musk, and a saline undertow. Vermentino is genetically the same grape as Favorita (Piemonte) and Pigato (western Liguria) which are considered biotypes of Vermentino as they do not look identical in the field (like Pinots Blanc, Gris and Noir which look very different but are genetically identical).
No to be confused with: In southern Spain or France Vermentino is better known as Malvoisie à Petits Grains or Rolle (Ian D’Agata, 2014, p.45-6).
Where grown: Liguria, Tuscany, Sardinia, Umbria, Abruzzo, Lazio, Sicily (D’Agata: 2014 p.471).
Winemaking: Vermentino suits oak and lees stirring.
Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014 p.6, 22, 207, 471-74.