Cinque Terre is covered in vineyards, however, there is only one official winery that you can visit. We hiked high above Manarola to get to the winery on our way through to another town. Cinque Terre produces almost exclusively white wine grapes as this is what the climate best permits.
Our tasting was of 3 white wines, one of which was sparkling. All were made with a similar blend of grapes, however, one was made with grapes closer to the water, one was made with grapes high up the cliffsides and the last was made with a combination of both. We got to try one last wine that the region is known for, it's used only for special occasions and is called Sciacchetra. It is very very sweet but still flavorful. It's also really expensive because they dry out the grapes before pressing them so they need a lot of grapes to produce the wine. And I almost forgot...those snacks on the table were delicious!
Katherine & Bradley
Two engineers with a passion for food and travel! Join us as we eat our way through the world!