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Rossese di Dolceacqua

DOC area (also Dolceacqua) for red wine in the west of the Italian region of Liguria. The zone includes all or part of the municipalities of Apricale, Baiardo, Calandria di Trucco, Camporosso, Castel Vittorio, Dolceacqua, Isolabona, Mortola Superiore, Perinaldo, Pigna, Rocchetta Nervina, San Biagio della Cima, Soldano, San Bartolomeo-Carletti, Ville, Calandri, San Lorenzo, San Bernardo, Sant'Antonio, Sealza, Villatella, Calvo-San Pancrazio, Torri, Vallebona, Vallecrosia Alta and Verrandi in the province of Imperia. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) visited the castle of the Doria family in Dolceacqua in 1805 and was delighted with the wine, which was probably still sweet at the time. He even gave his hosts permission to give the wine its name (which was hardly ever used). The terraced vineyards are situated on steep slopes up to 600 metres above sea level and are close to the French border

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