Liguria is a Vermentino-based blend that is both incredibly rich and relatively full-bodied yet balanced by the natural acidity of Pinot Grigio. Grapefruit and lime sensations dominate the lingering finish. Our Vermentino vines are the oldest in the Eastern US and some of the oldest planted in the United States. Vermentino tends to have a taste profile that falls in between a Chardonnay and a Viognier yet is unique all is own.
Food Pairing: At the table, the ripeness of Vermentino Superiore pairs well with pan-seared branzino (sea bass) or bucatini aglio e olio. Also pungent cheeses like Gorgonzola offer complementary flavors to Vermentino.
Type of Wine: Medium-bodied white with moderate acidity and low tannins.
Origin: Vermentino can be found under fairly intensive cultivation in nearly all the Southern Mediterranean coastal districts from Spain to Liguria and on the major islands semi-enclosed by that arc, Corsica and more famously, Sardinia. It is also grown in small areas on the island of Madeira and at some places in southern France.
Vermentino is clearly Spanish in origin. It seems to have traveled from Spain to Corsica in the 14th century and from there went on to Liguria. Its appearance on Sardinia was fairly recent, the final decades of the last century, and it was first planted in the Gallura at the island's northernmost tip. Vermentino is without question Southern Italy's premier white wine.