Vermentino is one of the most important white grape varietals in Italy, and is widespread in wine growing regions on the Tyrrhenian coast, especially in Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia. Vermentino has the unique characteristics of wines that are born near the sea; pronounced minerality, notes of aromatic herbs and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate it’s characterized by marked salinity, fresh citrus fruits like lime and grapefruit, green apple, and almond.
With its minerality and freshness, Vermentino is excellent paired with appetizers made with summer vegetables like aubergines, and zucchini, seafood courses and fish, and even dishes with elaborate preparations. In Sardinia it is typically served with "porceddu,” Sardinian roasted suckling pig. It also enhances risottos, omelettes, and fresh cheeses.