Learn about Vermentino — taste profile, popular regions and more …
A fantastic, aromatic white grape whose best wines come from a northeastern corner of Sardinia in a region called Gallura. Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, despite its light body, can be decidedly complex. Vermentino also enjoys success in Tuscany and in smaller proportion on the island of Corsica.
Tasting Notes for Vermentino
Vermentino is a dry, white wine with a medium to light body. Common flavors associated with this wine include exotic and tropical fruits, apple, grapefruit, lime blossom, jasmine, nutmeg and crushed rocks. It is dry but fruity with a bright finish. Sardinian producers like to pick early to retain lively acidity but a fuller style has also become popular.
Perfect Food Pairings for Vermentino
Vermentino does well paired with fresh seafood dishes, pesto, grilled fennel, crab cakes and young pecorino.
Sommelier Secrets for Vermentino
A few synonyms exist for Vermentino. It is thought to be genetically identical to Ligurian’s Pigato grape and Piedmont's Favorita. It comprises a large proportion of the whites in southern France, namely those in Provence, where it is called Rolle. If you're a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño or Grüner Veltliner, a Vermentino in any of its guises, would be a great pick for you.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate1