Dictionary: Vermentino

Dictionary: Vermentino

Vermentino is the large white grape variety of the Italian west coast. Their origins are difficult to determine in the eventful time-runs on the Mediterranean and the always changing Mediterranean ownership and trade conditions. Some (the Iberers) suspect that the variety has its actually home in Spain, others (the Italians) believe that Vermentino comes from Tuscany or Liguria. The demarcation to other grape varieties is similarly tricky. For centuries it was assumed that Vermentino, the Ligurian Pigato and the PiedmontSian favorite would be three different varieties. Today you are no longer so safe in this regard. While traffic lights are based on the concealment of the three varieties, the winemakers, who have often been working with it for decades.

In any case, the fact is that Vermentino got around a lot. Plantings can be found everywhere in the western Mediterranean: in Andalusia (the Tres uves from Barranco Oscuro There is a third of it) as in Corsica, Provence and the already mentioned Italian coast. However, its main extension is Sardinia, with Vermentino being a relatively young phenomenon in the oldest winegrowing region in Italy. It was not until the end of the 19th century that she was first mentioned in the Bolletino Ampelographico on the island. At that time it did not take more than 1% of the vineyard area. In 1960 - according to Ian d’Agata - 1366 hectares were already stocked with it, while today it is around 3,300 hectares and thus half of the Italian stamp.

The three obvious reasons for the actually always big but still increasing popularity of the variety are their perfect adaptation to the Mediterranean habitats, their versatility and their qualities across the wine styles made from it. It has no problems with salty sea winds and makes itself ideal in dry and hot climate and on less fertile soils.

It works as a classic white wine, whereby it scores aromatically primarily with salt, citrus, herbal and floral flavors. In short maceration times, fine tannins develop that "do not give the wine on the way, but also emphasize the flavors (yellow fruit, herbs, salt)" (vini da scoprire over theMutor from Testalonga). Macered longer, on the other hand, is ideally created a wine that has an enormous aroma spectrum, mouth -filling and lively, straightforward and substantial and to which the tannin gives direction and structure (the Ariento, the opus magnum of Massa Vecchia, stands for that).


Vermentino at Vinonudo:

Massavecchia: ARITONO

Testalonga: Vermentino

Azienda Agricola Raìca: Sarraiiola

Barranco Oscura: Tres Uves (a third of Vermentino)

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