• The coastal region of Liguria is a narrow crescent which stretches from the French border to the boundary with Tuscany.

    Historically synonymous with the Republic of Genova, it is now known best as the Italian Riviera.

    The winemaking areas are in the West, where we find Dolceacqua, known best for Rossese-based reds, and the Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC for white Pigato. Meanwhile in the eastern ‘Levante’ is the Cinque Terre (whose vine terracing you can see in the picture) and the Colli di Luni.

    The colourful village in the picture is the Cinque Terre town of Vernazza. Although small by today’s standards, it was influential in the spread of important grape varieties throughout the Italian peninsular.

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