Vermentino Grape Variety and Wine in Australia

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Vermentino is one of the exciting new white varieties from Southern Italy that are making an impression on the wine scene in Australia.

Vermentino is an aromatic white wine variety whose native habitat is the Italian region of Liguria and the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica where it is also known as Malviose of Corsica. It is also becoming increasingly popular under the name of Rolle in Provence and in the Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Region in Southern France.

Other synonyms include Piccobon, Uva Sapaiola, Vermentino Bianco, Formentino (Italy); Carbesso. Carbes, Brustiano di Corsica, Malvasia Grossa, Malvasie Precoce d’Espagne, Malvasie à Gros Grains.

Since the turn of the century more Australian wineries, especially on the mild to warm Australian regions are turning to Vermentino.

The variety has the ability to produce wines with firm acidity and good flavour even under the hot conditions experienced in some recent vintages.

One indication of it's growing importance is that since 2009 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show has had a class for Vermentino to be judged separately. Previously it was in the "other whites" class.

My expectation is that this variety will play a prominent role in Australian wine regions that are too warm to produce quality wine from Chardonnay. In fact the variety is well known for its ability to withstand extreme heat waves.

Vermentino Wine in Australia

The wineries in the list below are using the Vermentino grape variety. If you know of any more please add a comment in the box below.

919 Wines Riverland | Aldinga Bay McLaren Vale | Angoves Winery Riverland | Aravina Margaret River | Atze's Corner Wines Barossa Valley | Barangaroo Boutique Wines Grampians | Bassham Riverland | Beach Road Langhorne Creek | Bella Riva King Valley | Bellwether Heathcote | Berton Vineyards Riverina | Box Grove Vineyard Nagambie Lakes | Boyntons Feathertop Alpine Valleys | Bremerton Langhorne Creek | Brown Brothers King Valley | Bullers Calliope Rutherglen | Cappa Stone Murray Darling | Carpe Diem Margaret River | Chalk Hill Winery McLaren Vale | Chalmers Heathcote | Chateau Mildura Murray Darling | Cirami Estate Riverland | Cobaw Ridge Macedon Ranges | Dalfarras Nagambie Lakes | Della Fay Margaret River | Di Lusso Estate Mudgee | Dowie Doole McLaren Vale | Ducks in a Row McLaren Vale | Fowles Wine Strathbogie Ranges | Fox Creek Wines McLaren Vale | Foxey's Hangout Mornington Peninsula | Golden Grove Estate Granite Belt | Gumpara Winery Barossa Valley | Halifax McLaren Vale | Happs Margaret River | Hastwell and Lightfoot McLaren Vale | Hungerford Hill Hunter Valley | Jacobs Creek Barossa Valley | Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale | King River Estate King Valley | Kirrihill Estates Clare Valley | Lake Breeze Langhorne Creek | Little Wine Company Hunter Valley | Mansfield Wines Mudgee | Marq Margaret River | Middlebrook Estate McLaren Vale | Mitolo McLaren Vale | Montevecchio Heathcote | Murdering Hut Creek Rutherglen | Muster Wine Company Barossa Valley | Night Harvest Margaret River | Oak Works Riverland | Olivers Taranga McLaren Vale | Parish Hill Wines Adelaide Hills | Piromit Wines Riverina | Politini King Valley | Rabbuit and Spaghetti Clare Valley | Regent Wines Swan Hill | Rimfire Vineyards Darling Downs | Rossiters Murray Darling | Rupert's Ridge Estate Heathcote | Salena Estate Riverland | Seaview McLaren Vale | Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley | Serafino Wines McLaren Vale | Spinifex Barossa Valley | Staffordshire Lane Riverland | Stefano di Pieri Murray Darling | Switch Riverland | Tall Poppy Murray Darling | Tallavera Grove Winery Hunter Valley | Tanglefoot Winery Peel | Taylors Clare Valley | Temple Bruer Langhorne Creek | Trentham Estate Murray Darling | Two Italian Boys Riverina | Vale Creek Wines Central Ranges Zone | Vasarelli Currency Creek | Vigna Bottin McLaren Vale | Wakefield Estate Clare Valley | Westend Estate Riverina | Whistling Kite Riverland | Wine By Brad Margaret River | Yalumba Wine Company Barossa Valley | Yelland and Papps Barossa Valley | Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek

This list is growing steadily as is the number of Australian winelovers who are discovering the delights of this superb white wine variety.

Food Pairing with Vermentino

Vermentino wines are robust and can be enjoyed with a variety of well flavoured foods.

My good friend George Biron who used to have Sunnybrae Restaurant at Birregurra near Geelong has published a great recipe for Roast Pork with Quinces and Myrtle If you were to enjoy this dish with a white wine then Vermentino would be my first choice.

You could also enjoy this variety with Darby's famous tapenade, an antipasto platter or strongly flavoured seafood dishes.

More broadly you can choose any of the foods of the Western Mediterranean, including Italian, Provencal or Catalan.

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