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Cinqueterre

DOC area (also Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà) for white wine in the Italian region of Liguria. It is named after the approximately 12 kilometres of climatically favoured coastline of the Italian Riviera between Punta Mesco and Punta di Montenero on the Gulf of Genoa and means "Five Countries" or "Five Villages". These are the municipalities of Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore (with the three subzones Costa de Sera, Costa de Campu and Costa da Posa), Vernazza and the Tramonti Piassa and Tramonti di Campiglia in the province of La Spezia, which are part of the capital La Spezia. The region is protected as a National Park and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

In the 1960s, there were still some 1,600 hectares of vineyards here. Due to the extremely costly and laborious manual work involved in cultivation, around 90% of these were abandoned. Today, the vineyards cover only about 100 hectares. They are arranged in steep terraces supported by dry stone walls. The vineyards are among the steepest vineyards in Europe. The vines are partly cultivated in the traditional pergola system. The Bianco is made from the varieties Bosco (zum. 40%), Albarola and/or Vermentino (max. 40%), as well as other approved varieties such as Rollo (max. 20%). From the same varieties, the straw wine Cinqueterre Sciacchetrà (also called Riserva) is produced from raisined grapes. The grapes for this speciality must come from the Costa da Posa, Costa de Campu and Costa de Sera subzones of the municipality of Riomaggiore and may bear the name on the label.

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