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Liguria Wine Region in Italy

Liguria is a crescent shaped strip of land bounded by France, the Alps, the Appenines and the Mediterranean sea.

Quick facts about Liguria

Liguria wine region Liguria Region of Italy
  • Capital: Genoa
  • Major Grape varieties: Vermentino, Albarola, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Rossesse
  • Best known wines: White from Cinque Terre, Rossesse di Dolceaqua
  • Food specialties: Pesto, Torta pasqualina, Artichokes, Fish Stew
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The coastal strip is known as the Italian Riviera. Liguria is one of Italy's smallest regions, and the topography is quite rugged as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains come down to the sea.

Vineyards are thus small and scattered, and they must compete for the limited available land with the region's flourishing flower growing indusrty, olive groves and vegetable gardens.

The capital Genoa has long been an important trading port and hence it has been influenced by contact with Spain, France and other parts of Italy. Genoa has been a player in the rise and fall of empires and the rich history of the Mediterranean over three milennia. The city has developed into a cultural melting pot.

This heritage has a reflection in the wine varieties used in Liguria, over 100 were counted in a census a few decades ago.

Wines of Liguria

There are no outstanding wines in this region, unlike the neighbouring Lombardy which boasts it's world class Barolo and Barbaresco. Much of the production of Ligurian wine is used by the locals or to slake the thirst of the plentiful tourists, however some wines do show regional character and are well worth trying.

A few DOC wines from this region include

Finding Ligurian Wines

No matter where you are in the world Snooth will find some wines from Liguria
  • Cinque Terre is a white made from Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino. Cinque Terre Sciacchetra is the sweet version
  • Colli di Luni is a red wine based on Sangiovese blended with other grapes
  • Colline di Levanto can be white based on Vermentino, Albarola, Bosco etc, or it can be a Sangiovese based blended red wine
  • Golfo di Tigullio wines are whites based on Vermentino, or reds and roses made from Ciliegiolo
  • Val Polcevera wines are either whites based on Vermentino and other local grapes, reds and rose styles based on Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Barbera

Some food specialties of the Ligurian Region

The maritime influence as well as the local vegetables feature strongly in Ligurian foods.
  • Pesto - a lovely basil based green sauce, goes with anything.
  • Torta Pascalina - 'Easter cake' is really a pie with cheese, eggs, herbs and Spinach or Swiss chard filling.
  • Torta Marinara - not a fish pie, but a savory flan filled with spinach, cheese and mushrooms cooked by the fishermens wives as a change from eating fish at sea.
  • Burrida Ligurian fish stew, made with fish (of course) squid, tomatoes, garlic and white wine

Visiting Italy's Liguria Region

Famous resort towns along the coast include San Remo, Imperia, Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margharita. This region is more often visited for its scenery (Cinque Terre Villages, Italian Riviera) than for its wine.

Liguria is one of Europe's favourite playgrounds with a huge range of activities include hiking, whale watching, diving, and all the trappings of beach resorrt life. Genoa is now a popular port for yatching and Mediterranean cruising.

Amy Finley has written an excellent guide Italian Riviera Adventure Guide: San Remo, Portofino & Genoa. You can preview it, download it or buy a hard copy from GuideGecko.

Use this hotel comparison service to find Hotels in Genoa. you will be given a choice of hotels and other accommodation as well as the choice of booking services, thus enabling you to find the best option.

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