The origins of the Vementino vine are not entirely clear. One version is that it is native to Spain, and that it was brought to the Ligurian coast of northwest Italy during the Middle Ages. Another, according to the ampelographer Galet, asserts that it is a variant of Malvasia which migrated from the island of Madeira to Spain and then to Corsica.
It is, in any case, widely planted along the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy, from the Languedoc-Roussillon to southern Tuscany, and is an important vine on the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. It exists in the three D.O.C. appellations of Vermentino di Gallura, Vermentino di Sardegna and Vermentino Riviera Ligure di Ponente, as well as in a number of subvarieties grown in the Mediterranean basin.
Vermentino is a warm climate vine of moderate to high vigor and productivity. Its leaves are medium large and pentagonal, with five rounded lobes, and the conical, medium compact bunches bear medium to medium large, ellipsoidal gold green berries with moderately thick skins which, in sunny expositions, acquire rusty spots near harvest. The fruit is gently aromatic, high in extract and moderately high in acidity and the best are concentrated and ripe with a flinty, floral dimension.

Tuscany and Sardinia produce the most interesting versions, and when cultivated with care the vine yields big, ripe deeply colored wines of balance, substance and character, with intense, supple fruit flavors and notes of citrus, herbs and almonds and a delicate, persistent bouquet which reflects the palate. Vermentino is also produced in semi-sweet version in Sardinia

Rocca del Macie Occhio a Vento Vermentino Maremma Toscaza, 13%, €15.99

Straw yellow in colour aromas of floral notes recalling acacia blossom and broom, giving way to delicate fruity perfumes of apple and pineapple. The palate is dry, smooth and pleasantly fresh.

Perfect alone as an aperitif, or prefect with hake, halibut, trout, scallops, chicken goujons or monkfish…


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What other names is Vermentino known as?

Vermentino is otherwise known by the following names: Rolle, Vennentino, Varresana Bianca, Malvoisie (Precoce), Malvoisie a Gros Grains.

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