Liguria forms a narrow coastal strip in northwestern Italy, facing the Ligurian Sea. Its capital and largest city is Genoa (Genova). Tourists know Liguria as the Italian Riviera, famous for its beaches and the idyllic towns of Portofino and the Cinque Terre. In the wine world, Liguria is not well known outside the Riviera because its production is quite small, second least of the Italian regions. It has no DOCGs, eight DOCs (see map on this page), and eight IGPs. In 2020, Liguria had an above-average production from its 1,626 ha (4,000 acres) of vineyards at 80,000 hl (875,000 cases) of wine, over 70% of it white. The region’s primary grape varieties are Vermentino (27%); Pigato, which is actually another biotype of Vermentino (15%); and Rossese (12%).

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