Close your eyes and this wine tastes like salty sea spray. From Cinque Terre on the Italian riviera, these grapes grow on the cliffs of the five micro towns perched on top of the bluffs overlooking the Mediterranean sea. From a producer determined to make wine from traditional grape varieties (not the more popular or commercially known varietals) and in the most natural way, this wine is crispy and mouthwatering - like salted fruit - salivating and quenching all at once.
It’s best to take note of the region’s specialty to pair (and most deliciously pair) this wine. The region of Liguria, home to the Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genoa, boasts some of the best food in Italy—including Pesto Genovese, minestrone and focaccia. Because Liguria is on the coast, seafood and fish are a big part of the diet, and pair especially well with this crisp white. Not a big seafood fan? All good. The sea breezes and mineral-rich soils mean that the region is also famous for its herbs (especially basil and rosemary), pine nuts, and porcini mushrooms, so you can enjoy experimenting with those too!
Winemaker, Pierluigi Lugano, is a serious student of oenology and an expert on the local grape varieties. His passion extends to the preservation of local traditions from the Cinque Terre region. It takes a heroic effort to cultivate vines on the steep slopes of the Ligurian coastline high above the Mediterranean Sea - everything must be done by hand. Only truly passionate winegrowers are willing to carry on the traditions that have come down through the generations since the ancient Greeks first planted vines on the steep, stony slopes here. He staunchly defends indigenous, and increasingly rare, grape varieties and works tirelessly to ensure that they do not disappear for future generations of wine lovers. With the exception of an occasional experiment with barrel aging, Lugano vinifies his entire range of wines in stainless steel to preserve the essential fruit of each vineyard site and each grape type.