Enoteca Regionale della Liguria (that is the Regional Wine Shop of Liguria) was established in order to promote and give value to regional wines, mainly DOP and IGP wines of Liguria, and with particular attention to the ones produced with organic and integrated farming methods:

  • wines from La Spezia: Colli di Luni, Cinque Terre, Colline di Levanto, Liguria di Levante
  • wines from Genova: Golfo del Tigullio, Val Polcevera, Colline del Genovesato
  • wines from Savona: Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Colline Savonesi
  • wines from Imperia: Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Ormeasco di Pornassio, Rossese di Dolceacqua, Terrazze dell’imperiese

Enoteca Regionale della Liguria carries out its activity of promotion and communication in the regional, national and international field.

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Liguria DOP Wine – Genova

In  the  wine  growing  region  of  Genova  (Genoa)  the wines belong to the  DOP: Val Polcevera and Golfo del Tigullio-Portofino, using mainly the Bianchetta Genove­se, Vermentino, Scimiscià, Moscato  and  Ciliegiolo grapes.

The  area  of the  DOP Val Polcevera  is in the  northwestern part  of the  province  of Genova,  including a  portion  of the city itself, with which shares strong  cultural and  historic links, and its inland areas; the  vineyards are  mostly located  on the hills and  are  of  limited  extension. The  wines  are distinctly acidic,  with  lively colours,   delicate   aromas   mostly  fruity, flavoury taste. Styles: White (Vermentino-Bianchetta), Bianchetta Genovese (min 85%), Vermentino  (min 85%), Coronata (Vermentino-Bianchetta), Red and rosè (Ciliegiolo-Dolcetto).

The area of the DOP Golfo del Tigullio-Portofino is in the eastern part of the province of Genova and it is quite wide, including almost all the municipalities of the province with the exception of Genova and  its northern suburbs. Here the  wines  have low acidity, fairly intense and lively colours, delicate but persistent aromas, balanced taste. Styles: White (Vermentino-Bianchetta), Bianchetta Genovese (min 85%), Vermentino  (min 85%), Scimiscià o Cimixa (min 85%), Moscato  (min 85%), Red and rosè (Ciliegiolo-Dolcetto), Ciliegiolo  (min 85%), Passito.

Liguria DOP Wine – La   Spezia

In the wine  growing region of  La Spezia the wines belong  to the DOP:  Colli  di  Luni, Cinque Terre and Colline  di Levanto, mainly with the use of Vermentino, Albarola, Bosco, Ciliegiolo and Sangiovese grapes.

Colli di Luni is a inter-regional  dop between Liguria and Tuscany and it is named  after an area where the Roman town of Luni, founded l  the year 177 used to be. The wines of this area have good structure, the whites are fresh but soft, the reds are warm with a good body. Styles: White (Vermentino-Trebbiano), Vermentino (min 90%), Albarola (min 85%), Red (Sangiovese-Canaiolo-Pollera).

The area of the DOP Cinque Terre,  a UNESCO World Heritage site, has spectacular terraced vineyards, small sized on steep high hills directly overlooking the sea. The wines from this area are savoury and fresh, with flavours  hinting at sea and lemon  flowers. Widely appreciated for its unique­ ness is the Sciacchetrà, a sweet passito wine produced in limited quantities. Styles: White (Bosco-Vermentino-Albarola), Sciacchetrà and Sciacchetrà Riserva.

The same grapes with the same qualities are found in the Colline di Levanto DOP. Here the wines have intense aromas, flavoury at paiate with a slight finish of almond. Styles: White (Vermentino-Albarola-Bosco), Vermentino (min 85%), Red (Sangiovese-Ciliegiolo).

Liguria DOP Wine – Savona

In the wine growing region of Savona the wines belong to the  DOP: Riviera Ligure di Ponente, using mainly the  Pigato, Vermentino, Moscato, Rossese and Granaccia grapes.

The area of the DOP Riviera Ligure di Ponente  belongs to 3 different provinces (Genova, Savona and  Imperia) with vineyards located in the hilly lands facing the Mediterranean Sea and protected on the North side by the western most part of the Alps,  in narrow valleys and steepslopes.

The wine trade  in  the  Ligurian  Riviera  is historically certified by documents of the Republic of Genova, shipments by sea to Nice and Rome and by land to the rest of Europe. Infact in the areas of Imperia and Savona the Pigato, Rossese, Vermenti­no, Moscato and Granaccia grapes have been grown for centuries.

These are grape varieties representing very well Liguria. They produce white wines with Mediterranean aromas, elegant, well-structured reds, both with very strong ties to the territory. Styles: Pigato (min 95%), Moscato (100%), Vermentino (min 95%), Granaccia (min  90%), Rossese (min 95%). The Rossese grape variety of this appellation is the Rossese di Campochiesa, the Quiliano sub-area is for the Granaccia grape variety.

The Moscatello di Taggia, wine very well known and appreciated by the European courts and by the Pope from the Medieval to the Renaissance times. Afterwords it almost disappeared but after a  10-year long search is now back with this denomination  and the Moscatello nome for the sub-area of Taggia.

Liguria DOP Wine Imperia

In the wine growing region of Imperia  the wines belong to the DOP: Riviera Ligure di Ponente, Rossese di Dolceacqua and Ormeasco di Pornassio, using mainly the Pigato, Vermentino, Moscato, Rossese, Granaccia and Ormeasco grapes.

The area ofthe DOP Rossese di Dolceacqua belongs to the province of Imperia, in the village of Dolceacqua and borde­ ring villages. The Rossese grape is local and exclusive of this area, has a strong historic and cultural link with the territory.

The  w1nes are refined and elegant, complex  and with generous structure. Styles: Rossese di Dolceacqua (min 95%), Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore.

The area ofthe DOP Ormeasco di Pornassio includes part of the villages in the upper Valle Arroscia, with vineyards located mostly inland on terraced slopes. For about one thousand years Ormeasco has been the main character in the history of this land and the wines have good acidity, bright colours, delicate aromas, persistent and balanced taste. Styles: Ormeasco di Pornassio (min 95%), Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore, Ormeasco di Pornassio Sciac-trà.

The grapes of the  DOP  Riviera di Ponente  produce white wines with  Mediterranean  aromas, elegant, well-structured reds, both with very strong ties to the territory. Styles: Pigato (min 95%), Moscato (min 100%), Vermentino (min 95%), Granaccia (min 90%), Rossese (min 95%). The Rossese grape variety of this appellation is the Rossese di Campochiesa, the Quiliano sub-area is for the Granaccia grape variety.

The Moscatello di Taggia, wine very well known and appreciated by the European courts and by the Pope from the Medieval to the Renaissance times. Afterwords it almost disappeared but after a  10-year long search is now back with this denomination  and the Moscatello nome for the sub-area of Taggia.


The  IGPs identify wider wine growing areas compared to those of the DOPs, allow for the indication on the label of the vintage and/or of the  grape variety, have simpler official registrations of the vineyards and rules and regulations.

The wine growing region of the grapes for the IGP Liguria di Levante includes the vineyards located in the enti re province of La Spezia. The wines of the area can be Whites, Reds, Rosé an d Passito, with the  possibility of    indicating the  grape  variety (min. 85%) on the label: Malvasia bianca lunga, Trebbiano toscano, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Merlot, Pollera Nera, Sangiovese, Sirah.

The  production  area  of the  IGP Colline del  Genovesato, includes the whole territory of the province of Genova that is also DOP territory:Western  Ligurian  Riviera (the  cities of Arenzano  and  Cogoleto), the Gulf of Tigullio and the Val Polcevera. The  IGP wines Colline delGenovesato  with the indication of o ne of the grape varieties must be obtained from the corresponding grape varieties for a minimum of 85%.

The wine growing region of the grapes for the IGP Colline Savonesi includes the hilly area of the  province of Savona. The IGP Colline Savonesi with the specification of one of the following grapes, Alicante (also called Granaccia), Lumas­sina (also known as Buzzetto or Mataosso) is reserved for wines obtained by grapes originated at least 85% from the corresponding grape  variety.

The area of the IGP Terrazze dell’Imperiese includes the whole territory of the  province of lmperia. The wine making process,  including the bottling and aging of the wines must be done within the territory of the province of Imperia, with the only exception  being the historic cellars located in Savona.

Territorio ligure

The leading elements in Ligurian viticulture are connected mostly to the geomorphological structure of the region, and also to the stubbornness of the people living there, who never ceased to believe in itspotential.

The combination between both environmental and human elements and the presence of a large range of native wine grapes varieties resulting in  a highquality whilst very small production,  makes viticulture in Liguria a niche job; for all these reasons it arouses interest and curiosity in Italy, Europe as well asoverseas and worldwide countries, where this little region is for the most part completely unknown. In fact, most local companies are fairly too small for  the exportation market, but their part in  the productive process is  vital for this territory.

Believing and keeping on  trusting native wine grapes varieties, stated on  the wine denomination labels, has been paying back the producers; as a demonstration of  the great connection with the viticulturaland historical heritage, in the whole Ligurian region there are no international varieties.

There are so many mentions and descriptions of this rough land with its narrow valleys and steep hills. It offers picturesque bits and unforgettable sceneries with boroughs and castles on  the top of  almost every hill, churches and mansions;your eyes can reach the sea from any place around here. Olive  groves and vineyards are a  predominant feature of  this territory, which was clearly shaped to cradle thistype of  cultivations by  manifacturing the typical drywall terracing landscape. The drywall terracing system in  the Cinque Terre with its wine-growing dedicated zones is  by  far the most famous, and also an Unesco World Heritage Site.  The hills in the Cinque Terre have such a harsh slope gradient and the actual space for the vine plantsto grow is so narrow that they tend to stay very low to seek shelter from the wind and the sun, shaping the hilltops into one single breathtaking horizon, in line with the sea.

Mantaining such a challenging territory is a heavy task and just to get an idea of the amount of time and efforts, some academics say that building those drywalls throughout the years along the 15 Km length of the Ligurian coastline, would not only equalbut easily quadruplicate the extent of the Great Chinese wall. Liguria has a fairly limited amount of  space devoted to viticulture, it is a hill-based viticulture for the main reason thatits composition is 65% mountain and 35% hill, despite the common belief that Liguria has a more marine vocation.

Hills and mountains in  Liguria often rise directly from the coastline, where the sand and gravel drift deposits have created a more that perfect ground for  the wine-growing farming. Mountainous reliefs alternatewith valleys, where watercourses usually have a decent slope and the streams convey debris all along the way, to all effects making the ground fertile. Although the setup may change a little from area to area, vineyards have essentially a East- South East facing, ranging from the 200/300 meters above sea level in the eastern Riviera up  to 500 meters a.s.l.  in Val Polcevera where the Ormeasco of Pornassio and Rossese of Dolceacqua varieties are grown, ending with an altitude of 700 meters a.s.l. in the Cinque Terre.

In the Cinque Terre and more generally in Liguria, the average slope can reach the 50% mark, with the only exception of the Luni (La Spezia) territory. Vineyards on  the eastern side (for example the city  of Levanto and the Cinque Terre) are set within a 4 or 5 km distance range from the sea, while on the west of Liguria,places like Valle Arroscia are up to 30 km far from the coast.

Last modified: 27 Jan 2022
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