Liguria

This slender coastal region lies just south of Piemonte, bordering with France on the West. Although its vineyards are sparse, Liguria has 8 DOC zones and a further 4 IGTs. The best known wine among the DOCs is Cinque Terre, made along the Riviera between Manarola and Volastra. Its name means “five lands”, relating to the fishing villages along the cliffs. Two wines are made, a dry white known as Cinque Terre and a sweet Schiaccetrà, both made from Bosco, Albarola and Vermentino grapes. Much of the terrain is remote, with some coastal vines even catching the spray from the sea.