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Cinque Terre DOC

Description to Cinque Terre DOC

DOC area (also Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà) for white wine in the Italian region of Liguria. It is named after about 12 kilometres of climate-favoured coastal strip of the Italian Riviera between Punta Mesco and Punta di Montenero on the Gulf of Genoa and means "Five Lands" or "Five Villages". These are the municipalities of Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore (with the three subzones Costa de Sera, Costa de Campu and Costa da Posa), Vernazza and the Tramonti Piassa and Tramonti di Campiglia in the province of La Spezia, which belong to the area of the capital La Spezia. The region is protected as a national park and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Cinque Terre - Weinberge an der ligurischen Küste

In the 1960s, there were still around 1,600 hectares of vineyards here. Due to the extremely complex cultivation, which was only possible with laborious manual work, about 90% of this area was abandoned. Today, the vineyards cover only about 100 hectares. They are laid out in steep terraces supported by dry stone walls. The vineyards are among the steepest in Europe. The vines are partly trained in the traditional pergola system. The Bianco is made from the varieties Bosco (max. 40%), Albarola and/or Vermentino (max. 40%), as well as other approved varieties such as Rollo (max. 20%). From the same varieties, the straw wine Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà (also as Riserva) is produced from raisined grapes. The grapes for this speciality must come from the Costa da Posa, Costa de Campu and Costa de Sera subzones of the municipality of Riomaggiore and may bear the name on the label.

Picture: © Raffaella Usai

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