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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
Grapefruit
Grapefruit

Peach
Peach
Jasmine
Jasmine
Mint
Mint
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 very dry, light-bodied, white wine with high 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 Will Also Like:

Albariño (Spain)
Alvarinho (Portugal)
Favorita (Italy)
Pigato (Italy)
Trebbiano (Italy)
Ugni Blanc (France)
Verdicchio (Italy)
Vermentino (Italy)
Vernaccia (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

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

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

The Vermentino 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.

In Liguria it is called Pigato.

In Piemonte it is called Favorita.

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

The 2 biggest 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.

Scent of biscuit and candied fruit appear when Vermentino spends time on the lees.

In Sardegna

In Sardegna, Vermentino is the main white grape. It has its own appellations: Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, and the island's most famous wine is Vermentino di Gallura DOCG.

Thanks to the hot and favourable climate, the Vermentino wine results richer with a fuller body and pairs beautifully with the local fish and seafood.

Spaghetti with clams, tagliatelle with squid, risotto with mussels and penne with anchovies are top "primi piatti" (first courses).

Vermentino di Gallura DOCG best matches are: Grilled Salmon, Sesame Crusted Tuna steak, Stuffed Squid, Shellfish Guazzetto (Stew), Cuttlefish with Peas, Rabbit with Olives, Chicken Breast with mushroom and Backed Turkey.

In Liguria

In Liguria, the Vermentino grape is called Pigato. It is the main grape in the wines from Colli di Luni DOC. The freshness and minerality of these wines comes from the Massa and Carrara marble mountains.

Colli di Luni (Hills of the Moon) is an Italian DOC located in both Liguria and Tuscany.

Along the coast, Vermentino vines are found in Bosco, Albarola, and in the amazing cliffside vineyards of Cinque Terre.

The Ligurian medium structure Vermentino pairs best with egg based dishes such Pies with Vegetables and Omelettes, the local bread called Focaccia and the world famous Pasta with Pesto, the pride of Ligurian Cuisine.

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, the Vermentino grape is called Favorita.

It grows primarily on the left bank of the Tanaro river in the Roero district near Alba.

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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