Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC

Riviera Ligure di Ponente See Liguria map, ref #5
Region:
History: Established as a DOC in 1988
Vineyard Area: 241 ha / 595 acres (2014)
Production: 12,500 hl / 138,750 cases (2014)
Principal White Grape Varieties: Moscato, Pigato, Vermentino
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Alicante, Rossese
Styles and Wine Composition:
WHITE WINES
  • Moscato or, in the subzone Taggia only, Moscatello (Wh, WhFrSw): 100% Moscato Bianco
  • Pigato (Wh): Minimum 95% Pigato + OANWG
  • Vermentino (Wh): Minimum 95% Vermentino + OANWG
  • Superiore (Pigato, Vermentino)
RED WINES
  • Granaccia (Rd): Minimum 90% Alicante (locally Granaccia) + OANRG
  • Rossese (Rd): Minimum 90% Rossese + OANRG
  • Superiore (Granaccia)
DESSERT AND SPECIALTY WINES
  • Vendemmia Tardiva (WhSw): 100% Moscato Bianco
  • Varietal Passito (WhSw or RdSw): Same as Moscato, Pigato, Vermentino, Granaccia, or Rossese
  • Passito Liquoroso (WhFoSw): Not specified in disciplinare; presumably the same as any of the varietal passitos

Subzones:

  • Albenganese (Pigato, Vermentino, and Rossese only)
  • Finalese (Pigato, Vermentino, and Rossese only)
  • Quiliano (Granaccia only)
  • Riviera dei Fiori (Pigato, Vermentino, and Rossese only)
  • Taggia (Moscatello, Vendemmia Tardiva, and Passito only)

Significant Production Rules:
  • Grapes for Passito must be dried on or off the vine to achieve a minimum sugar level of 260 g/l (26.0%)
  • Minimum alcohol level (non-subzone): 5.0% for Moscato frizzante (10.5% potential); 10.5% for Moscato tranquillo; 11.0% for Pigato, Vermentino, Granaccia, and Rossese; 11.5% for Vendemmia Tardiva (14.5% potential); 12.5% for Passito (16.5% potential); 13.0% for Superiore
  • Minimum alcohol level (subzones): 11.0% for Taggia Moscatello; 11.5% for Albenganese, Finalese, and Riviera dei Fiori varietals; 11.5% for Taggia Vendemmia Tardiva (14.5% potential); 12.0% for Quiliano Granaccia
  • Aging: For Passito, minimum approx. 8–10 months (ERD = November 1, V+1); for Passito Liquoroso, minimum 12 months (ERD = January 1, V+2)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 11/30/2011