Rosé Wines from Liguria

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Cantine Bregante vineyards up in the hills overlooking the sea

Cantine Bregante vineyards up in the hills overlooking the sea

The wine region of Liguria is beautiful, with rocky hillside vineyards, overlooking the sea as well as higher up in the valleys.

What makes it so attractive to the casual visitor, does make it more difficult to explore – and interesting – for the wine lover. Small narrow roads meander up amongst the vineyards, the length of the region from the French border to Tuscany, discouraging access for the faint-hearted.

The large number of grape varieties unique to Liguria can be confusing, but research, visiting and tasting in such a picturesque region is worthwhile.

IMG_5134At Ligurian food & wine festival Mare&Mosto in Sestri Levante, I was able to try a large number of wines and talk to producers, and discover more about the growing number of rosé wines (rosati) produced in response to growing popularity.

Many of the rosati are more akin to a light red wine, with a touch of dry tannins on the structure and finish, making them more suitable to accompany a meal than for light easy drinking. The best examples had good ripe fruit which balanced this slightly tannic finish.

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La vite e il vino in Liguria e nelle Alpi Marittime dal Medioevo ai giorni nostri

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‘Life and wine in Liguria in the Alpes Maritimes from Medieval times to the present day’.

This was the conference of its type, combining the knowledge of historians, winemakers, and viticultural scientists. The ‘Alpes Maritimes’ refers to the the Italian region of Liguria and the region immediately across the border into France, where the Alps reach down to the sea.

The conference took place over two days in the fourteenth century monastery in the old village of Taggia.

Conference in progress

Conference in progress

Courtyard and cloisters in the monastery, Taggia

Courtyard and cloisters in the monastery, Taggia

The first day we discussed the historical wine background to the region, looking at trade, production, the role of wine culture in this region.

Ancient olive tree, monastery Taggia

Ancient olive tree, monastery Taggia

The second day we looked at the unique varieties, the recreation of a medieval wine, Moscato di Taggia, and the modern wine world of the Alpes Maritimes.

I presented a paper on my initial findings on the history of wine in the French department of the Alpes Maritimes.