Cinqueterre five lands make up this DOC located on hillside terraces practically falling into the Mediterranean Sea. You can see all the strength the vines use up to stay put on these steep slopes, they are holing on for dear life.
The locals here are very proud of their history and take their fishing for anchovy, making the most flavorful and freshest pesto, and educating you on their wonderful wines very seriously. The way that the wines work here is they are all co-op. There are so many families that own little plots of land sometimes down to the row, and when it is harvest time they all pitch in to pick and transport the grapes. And a good things too.In the old days the farmers used to have the vines literally lay on the ground to protect it's self from the harsh climate of strong winds from the sea and intense sun. Then lifted off the ground for circulation and ripening purposes.
Today the farmers use a very low to the ground Pergola training system.
Harvest here typically happens late September until the beginning of October. The grapes would be transported in baskets carried on the head or shoulders.
Today the farmers use Cogtrains to harvest and move the grapes safely to the cantina.
Sciacchetrà one of this regions most prized wine was created in 1973. Sciacchetrà is a wine found in every cafe, restaurant, and bar in Cinqueterre. It is a wine made of 60% Bosco and 40% Vermintino, Alborola. The process for this wine is the grapes are harvested after normal harvest and like many Italian sweet wines are left to dry on racks in the shade. The pressing happens before November 1st it is not a long drying time for this wine.
Some ancient grape varieties that once flourished in Cinqueterre but today are no longer.