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Facts



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Origin

Sweet wine is always made by concentrating the sugar in grapes one way or another. This can be done by harvesting the overripe fruit late, for example. Or by drying the grapes, as is the case with the majority of Italian sweet wines. Or else by freezing the water in the grapes, like they do with ice wine, which ensures that only the sweet juice is extracted during the pressing. Whichever method the winemaker chooses, producing sweet wine is an elaborate process and the yields are small. In view of this, many of these elixirs are real bargains!

Piedmont

In Piedmont, Vermentino is known as Favorita, although this is increasingly giving way to the popular Arneis.


Liguria

Along the Ligurian coast, it is known as Pigato. The name comes from the Ligurian word «pigau», meaning speckled – a reference to the pattern that appears on the ripe grapes.


Tuscany

Indigenous grapes are in demand, so Vermentino is also becoming increasingly widespread in Tuscany, where it has long been a native resident. Every now and then, 
it even crops up as an ingredient in Vin Santo.

Sardinia

It’s the number one white wine grape in this region. The ones grown in Gallura are most well-known, and even boast the island’s only docg.


France

Vermentino covers a considerable area in the south of France and on Corsica – where it goes by the name Rolle. A true Mediterranean grape! By the way: It is one of the varieties traditionally used to make Rosé de Provence.



Wine tip

Sella & Mosca are considered the guardians of native Sardinian grapes. It’s no wonder they do so well with Vermentino, as their flagship wine comes from the granite soils of the Gallura docg. On the nose, notes of ripe apple, apricot, acacia blossoms and bergamot appear. It is full-bodied yet wonderfully crisp and fresh on the palate. The taste of holidays and the sea! 



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What it tastes like:

Vermentino is a juicy bundle of freshness and fragrance! Its bouquet of pears, peach, lime, grapefruit and lemon peel immediately jumps out from the glass. On the palate, it offers a creamy texture, delicate notes of almond and a lively, mouth-watering acidity. And that grain of salt you think you taste? That’s there too.


Colour variations

Vermentino also comes in red! Vermentino nero is grown in small amounts in Tuscany. However, its relation to its white brother is uncertain.




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Ligurian dream pairing

Vermentino goes wild for herbs and garlic. Enter pesto alla genovese! These two are a real dream pairing, both geographically and culinarily.




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A friend of the sea

There’s almost nothing Vermentino likes more than seafood. Whether it’s oysters, garlic prawns, fish carpaccio, grilled or baked Mediterranean fish, spaghetti alle vongole or a crispy, hot and greasy fritto misto, Vermentino is a fantastic match for them all!



Vermentino wines


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    Italy, Tuscany
    2023
    90 % Vermentino, 10 % altri vitigni / autres variétés / ergänzende Sorten

    75 cl
    Occhione – Toscana igt, Tenuta di Biserno
    CHF21.00
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    Italy, Sardinia
    2023
    80 % Vermentino, 20 % Chardonnay

    75 cl
    Samas – Isola dei Nuraghi igt, Agricola Punica
    CHF14.00
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    Italy, Sardinia
    2023
    100 % Vermentino

    75 cl
    La Cala – Vermentino di Sardegna doc, Sella & Mosca
    CHF13.00
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