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Colli di Luni Vermentino (Italy)

Colli di Luni Vermentino DOC is a white wine from the coastal hills around Massa and Carrara in northwest Italy.

It is made from minimum 90% Vermentino grapes.

Typical Flavors


Lime
Lime
Apple
Apple
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Peach
Peach

Acacia
Acacia
Pine
Pine Nuts
Herbs
Basil
Salt
Salt

Salinity, Lime, and Green Apple are typical Colli di Luni Vermentino flavors.

With delicate hints of Pine Nuts and Herbs.

A nice and slightly bitter Mineral aftertaste.

Profile

Colli di Luni Vermentino is a medium light dry white wine with good acidity:

SUGARDry
BODYMedium - Light
FRUITMedium - Low
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Olives
Olives
Salads
Salads

Vegetables
Vegetables
Tapas
Tapas
Fish
Fish
Fries
Fish / Chips

Seafood
Seafood
Soup
Fish Soup
Spaghetti
Spaghetti
Pasta
Pasta

Colli di Luni Vermentino is a typical Ligurian wine, with Pine Nuts and Basil Aromas.

In Liguria it is an excellent pair to Ligurian Pesto.

Colli di Luni Vermentino is also a very good Aperitif.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Ligurian Cuisine.
Salads. Olives Olive Oil. Tomatoes.
Vegetables. Artichoke. Arugula. Asparagus.
Fennel. Pesto. Spinach. Zucchini.
Seafood. Salmon. Halibut. Trout.
Fried Calamari. Crab. Lobster.
Seafood Pasta. Spaghetti with Clams.
Egg based dishes. Omelette. Focaccia.
Italian/Japanese Fusion. Sushi. Tempura.

Cheese Pairing:
Fresh Cheese.
Mozzarella. Feta. Ricotta. Chèvre.

Ligurian Specialities:
Pasta with Pesto.
Testaroli (Pasta bread with Pesto).
Fritto Misto di Mare.
Spaghetti alle Vongole.
Crab Linguine.
Fettuchine Alfredo.
Pie with Vegetables.

If You Like Colli di Luni Vermentino

You May Also Like:

Arneis (Italy)
Chenin Blanc Dry (France)
Douro Branco (Portugal)
Etna Bianco (Italy)
Falangina (Italy)
Fiano (Italy)
Kerner (Germany)
Riesling (Alsace, France)
Rousette (France)
Roupeiro (Portugal)
Vermentino (Italy)
Verdicchio (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for a dry white wine.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

Colli di Luni DOC

Colli di Luni is an DOC appelation located around Massa and La Spezia in northwestern Italy.

The DOC is a part of both Liguria and Toscana.

DOC Rules

BiancoMin 35% Vermentino. 25–40% Trebbiano. Max 30% OAWG
AlbarolaMin 85% Albarola +OAWG
VermentinoMin 90% Vermentino + OAWG
Superiore100% Vermentino

Italian Grapes

Vermentino

Vermentino

Vermentino is a white wine grape from the island of Sardinia (Sardegna).

The grape continues into the Italian Ligurian Riviera, the famous Cinque Terre, north inland in Piemonte and south along the Tuscan coast. From Lunigiana hills behind Versilia to Bolgheri, and Maremma including the islands Elba and Giglio.

Vermentino is also found along the coast of Southern France, from the Pyrenees to the Cote d' Azur, and the island of Corsica.

Italy stands for about 85% of the world production, and about 10% is produced in France (Provence and Corsica).

The two bigg islands, Sardegna and Corsica, produce the best structured and aromatic Vermentino. Often full bodied, powerful with a persistent taste. A big contrast to the common Vermentino with a medium structure, light and easy to drink.

The main characteristic of Vermentino is its perfume: Mediterranean aromatic herbs such fresh thyme, oregano, mint, lemon balm, rosemary, basil, pines. And its salinity.

Depending on the area of origin, Vermentino can have white floral notes such jasmine or fruity notes such citrus, peach, apple and exotic fruit.

In Sardegna (Sardinia)

In Sardegna, Vermentino is the main white grape. It has two appellations:

Thanks to the hot and favourable climate, Vermentino wines from Sardegna are often richer with a fuller body than Ligurian Vermentino.

The wines from Sardegna pairs beautifully with the local fish and seafood.

In Liguria

In Liguria, Vermentino is the main grape variety. And there are a few DOCs:

Colli di Luni DOC (Hills of the Moon) is known for its freshness and minerality. The proximity of the Massa and Carrara marble mountains surely helps. The DOC is located on the border between Liguria and Tuscany, with the majority of the vineyards in Liguria.

The Ligurian Vermentino has a medium structure and is normally a little lighter than the wines from Sardegna (Sardinia).

Along the coast, Vermentino vines are found in the amazing cliffside vineyards of Cinque Terre. And hiking the Cinque Terre, through terraced vineyards, and the view of its dramatic coastline is unforgettable.

The Cinque Terre DOC is a white wine made of local grapes such Bosco (min.40%), Albarola and Vermentino (max.40%)

Portofino DOC is located near Genova in the Tigullio Gulf and the main white grapes are Vermentino, Bianchetta Genovese and Scimiscià.

In Toscana

In Toscana, the climate is warmer than in Liguria, and the vineyards produce a richer Vermentino.

Winemaking techniques like skin and lees contact, together with barrel aging create a richer body with more complexity. Vermentino wines from Bolgheri (Bolgheri Vermentino DOC) is often compared with French Viognier.

Tuscan Vermentino has well defined aromas and a characteristic saline taste, a perfect match to Grilled Fish, Baked Seabass and Turbot or "Orata all'Acquapazza" (Sea Bream poached with fresh cherry tomatoes).

In Piemonte

In Piemonte, Favorita is a biotype of Vermentino. It grows primarily in the areas around the city of Alba, in the Roero zone, and the Alta Valle Belbo area.

Favorita wines are known for good acidity and intense Pear notes.

In France

In France, Vermentino is called Rolle and it is often blended.

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