Vermentino is a white grape variety typical to the Tyrrhenian sea coast. It has been grown for centuries in Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany and in other Mideterranean regions of France such as Provence (where it’s called Rolle) and Corsica (Vermentinu). Other names for Vermentino are: Picabon, Favorita, Malvasia Grossa, Furmentin, Pigato.
Although its origin is uncertain, some say that it comes from Spain or even Portugal. There are some proofs of another theory, stating that this grape has been found in Liguria in 14th century - it is therefore considered an indigenous variety here.
Due to the high quality of its monovarietal wines, Vermentino has increased its importance in the last two decades, while previously it had been regarded as a minor variety covering small surfaces.
It is vigorous grape with a good productivity, the cluster is medium to medium-large, the berries are always medium sized, of a greenish yellow colour that becomes golden-yellow when it has had a good exposure to the sun. In this case typical rusty colour spots, called “pigghe” form on the surface of the berries (this explains the name “Pigato”).
The best results are obtained with a warm and temperate climate when it is sunny and airy, with a relatively dry soil in areas that are near to the sea.
Depending on the soil and on the exposure of the vineyards, the nose can vary from wild flowers, grass, rosemary and other herbs, fruit with white pulp, citrus fruits & straw. The finish is pleasant, very typical and slightly bitter.
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