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It’s not just Sciacchetra: discovering Cinque Terre wines

17 Jun , 2016  

La Spezia and Cinque Terre wines are not among the best known in Italy, but in recent decades they grew with new productions and labels.

The occasion of upcoming events Liguria da Bere and Sarzana DOC will give the opportunity to know many local producers and taste excellent wines from Liguria and in particular from La Spezia.
Ready with our glasses to be filled of the various libations, ket’s go over the distribution of vines in the region and the characteristics of its DOC and IGT productions.

Undecided between White and red ? The typical vines of the La Spezia Riviera – as in the rest of Liguria – are white berry : Vermentino, Bosco, Albarola. But for those who love the red there are excellent wines to taste, made with Sangiovese , Canaiolo , Pollera , Ciliegiolo .

The current of the entire eastern Liguria vineyard landscape is the result of the hard work about thousends years, to shape a rugged, craggy coast with terraced vineyards and cultivate a grape that today stands out for its aroma given by the particular location between sea and hills in often cramped areas which the industry and time have shaped into a unique wine in the world .

This is especially true for Cinque Terre , but in the vineyards of the Val di Magra , where the river makes spaces larger, is produced more than 65% of the wine of the province.

Until a few decades ago, Sciacchetra of the Cinque Terre was the name of the better known wine in the area, despite the very minimum yield of the vineyards used for the production of this excellent raisin never allowed a real spread outside the territory.
Starting in the eighties and nineties, the viticulture areas in the province of La Spezia have become significant part of the total area used as for the production of wine of Liguria, in conjunction with the creation of three DOC labels < strong> Colli di Luni , Colline di Levanto and Cinque Terre and, in 2001, the creation of the IGT Golfo dei Poeti , IGT of eastern Liguria from 2011.

The IGT appellation allows greater freedom in the interpretation of the territory for the construction of the wine aompared to the DOC, and today there are various  wineries  and Local producers cooperatives that, in respect of the tradition, experiment in the production of new wines, organic or otherwise, and make sure that the ancient use of the land for winemaking doesn’t go lost.




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