Liguria – Home to A Host of Unsung Wines Part 1

I should have posted this part first but was distracted last week. I am back online and will post a number of times today for having missed my weekend postings. I need to post 31 times this month to make my challenge. I looking forward to sharing great Ligurian wines with those attending my seminar this week at the Society of Wine Educators conference on the region. See you in Washington, D.C.

Ligurian Hill Towns

Liguria is bordered by France to the west, Piedmont to the north, and Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany to the east. It lies on the Ligurian Sea. It is a very narrow strip of land between the Ligurian Sea, the Alps and the Appenines. The highest mountain in the region is Monte Saccarello Monte (2201 m).The region runs from Ventimiglia to La Spezia. Some 65% of the region is mountainous and it has 350-km of coastline.

Narrow Streets in Liguria

The ring of hills lying immediately beyond the coast together with the sea account for a mild climate year-round. Average winter temperatures are 7 to 10 °C (45 to 50 °F) and summer temperatures are 23 to 24 °C (73 to 75 °F), which make for a pleasant stay even in the dead of winter.


The soils in Liguria are high in limestone — with an emphasis on the “stone.” With so little flat land, growers must raise grapes on terraces…

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