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Vermentino (Italy)

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

It is also well known on the Ligurian and Tuscan coast.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Lime
Lime
Apple
Apple
Pear
Pear

Peach
Peach
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Daffodil
Daffodil
Rosemary
Rosemary

Almonds
Pine Nuts
Herbs
Basil
Almond
Almond
Salt
Salt

Salinity, Lime, and Green Apple are typical Vermentino flavors.

With delicate hints of Pine Nuts, Basil, and Minerals.

The bitter aftertaste reminds of the white peel in a grapefruit.

Profile

Vermentino is a light and dry white wine with good acidity:

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

Food Pairing

Vermentino is a very good Aperitif.


Aperitif
Aperitif
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Olives
Olives
Tapas
Tapas

Salads
Salads
Vegetables
Vegetables
Fish
Fish
Fries
Fish and Chips

Seafood
Seafood
Soup
Fish Soup
Spaghetti
Spaghetti
Pasta
Pasta

Vermentino is a typical Fish Wine, with Pine Nuts and Basil Aromas.

In Liguria it is an excellent pair to Ligurian Pesto.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Mediterranean Cuisine.
Italian/Japanese Fusion. Sushi. Tempura.
Salads. Olive Oil. Tomatoes.
Vegetables. Artichoke. Arugula. Asparagus.
Fennel. Pesto. Spinach. Zucchini.
Rich Seafood. Salmon. Halibut. Trout.
Fried Calamari. Crab. Lobster.
Seafood Pasta. Spaghetti with Clams.
Tomato based Sauces.

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

Italian Specialities:
Spaghetti alle Vongole.
Linguine with Crab.
Fritto Misto di Mare.

If You Like 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!

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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