Vermentino is a white wine grape best known in Italy—and, to a lesser extent, France. Significant plantings of Vermentino can be found in Sardinia, the northwest of Italy, and the south of France. Outside of these primary regions, Vermentino is also grown in several diverse regions internationally.
The Vermentino grape has a thin, light-colored skin, producing wines that are usually very aromatic, light-bodied and refreshing. Its aromatic profile can include floral notes, citrus fruits, white fruits and sometimes a nutty quality. On the palate, its flavors range from citrus fruits to mineral notes and even salinity. Vermentino is known for its distinctive bitter finish, reminiscent of almonds. Vermentino is sometimes harvested early to preserve its acidity and are generally enjoyed young.
Though most Vermentino is light in body, some producers opt for a richer and fuller style. This is usually achieved through the process of malolactic fermentation: a secondary fermentation that transfers tart malic acid into creamier lactic acid. This is typically done in oak barrels, and the wines may also be aged in oak for a time.
The Sardinian Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) appellation, Vermentino di Gallura, produces some of the best known Vermentino. Wines produced from Vermentino can also be found across numerous other Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) areas. Such designated areas, or appellations, enforce strict controls on participating producers—from vineyard management and winemaking practices, to aging and beyond.
These wines should theoretically be of a higher quality than wines without such designations, though there are exceptions. The individual rules will vary from appellation to appellation, but Vermentino is either required or permitted in the blend for a wide variety of these wines.
In Italy, Vermentino forms part of or the entire blend for Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Vermentino di Sardinia DOC, Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vermentino DOC and Colli di Luni Vermentino DOC, among others. French Vermentino is popular in Patrimonio, Bellet (where the grape is known as Rolle) and numerous Languedoc-Roussillon appellations; notably Côtes du Roussillon.
Elsewhere, Vermentino is grown in the USA, Australia, Lebanon and Malta. American plantings of Vermentino span many states including California, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina.
Though best known as Vermentino, the grape has numerous synonyms. In Piedmont, the grape is known as Favorita—also sometimes called Favorita Bianca or Favorita d’Alba. In the Liguria region of northwest Italy, it’s called Pigato. In Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, it’s better known as Rolle. Other synonyms include Vermentini, Vermentino Pigato and Vermentino Bianco.
Vermentino should not be confused with Vermentino Nero, an unrelated Tuscan grape that is nearing extinction.
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Antonella Corda 2020 Ziru Vermentino (Sardinia)Sicily & SardiniaA reduced nose on this wine gives way to flinty slate before ...See Full ReviewN/A
Rocca delle Macìe 2021 Famiglia Zingarelli Campo Maccione Vermentino (Maremma Toscana)TuscanyFresh grass, stone, citrus and the peppery herbaceousness of new olive oil ...Best BuySee Full Review$16
Fattoria Fibbiano 2021 Vermentino (Toscana)TuscanyA classic, delicate nose on this wine offers almond and almond flowers, ...Best BuySee Full Review$18
Antonella Corda 2021 Vermentino (Sardinia)Sicily & SardiniaWet rock and a lovely combination of citrus and stone fruit mingle ...See Full ReviewN/A
Carpineto 2021 Valcolomba Vermentino (Maremma Toscana)TuscanyThe nose of this wine explodes with lemons in all forms, from ...See Full ReviewN/A
Sella & Mosca 2020 Monteoro (Vermentino di Gallura)Sicily & SardiniaThe nose on this Vermentino is fresh and delicate, offering lemon, grapefruit, ...See Full Review$23
Domaine Casanova 2021 Vermentino (Ile de Beauté)FranceThis perfumed Vermentinu (as it is spelt in Corsica) is brightly fruity, ...See Full ReviewN/A
Cougar 2020 Vermentino (Temecula Valley)South CoastAromas of chalk, singed lime and white melon show on the nose ...See Full Review$26
Domaine Santa Giulietta 2019 Vermentino (Corse)FranceThis deliciously perfumed wine has gentle acidity and a balance between citrus ...See Full ReviewN/A
Castello di Amorosa 2021 Vermentino (Temecula Valley)South CoastVery floral aromas of honeysuckle and lily meet with a hint of ...See Full Review$32
Domaine Casanova 2020 Vermentino (Vin de France)France OtherThis is an orange wine bottled without sulfur. It has a typically ...See Full ReviewN/A
Fleur de California 2021 Carneros Select Vermentino (Carneros)Napa-SonomaRather lean, light and crisp, this bracing wine offers attractive parsley and ...See Full Review$22
St. Avalo 2021 Vermentino (Los Olivos District)Central CoastCrisp apple, lemon blossom and lime peel aromas make for a zesty ...See Full Review$35
Robert Hall 2021 Cavern Select Vermentino (Paso Robles)Central CoastQuite steely on the nose, this bottling offers aromas of yellow apple ...See Full Review$35
Section Wines 2021 Vermentino (Santa Ynez Valley)Central CoastLively, blossoming aromas of lychee and ripe pear are quite fruity on ...See Full Review$36
Avivo 2019 Ledbetter Family Vineyards Vermentino (Lodi)Central ValleyThis light-bodied, mineral-driven wine made from biodynamically farmed grapes offers white pepper ...See Full Review$20
Vigneti Zanatta 2020 Renadoro (Vermentino di Gallura)Sicily & SardiniaThis simple white has a shy nose that eventually reveals suggestions of ...See Full ReviewN/A
Joseph Jewell 2021 Raymond Burr Vineyard Vermentino (Dry Creek Valley)SonomaFruity, textured and well integrated, this vineyard-designate shows a good grasp of ...See Full Review$27
Amador Cellars 2019 Oleta Vineyard Vermentino (Amador County)Sierra FoothillsVery broad, rich and buttery, this full-bodied wine coats the palate with ...See Full Review$30
Château Grand Boise 2019 Cuvée 1610 Vermentino (Côtes de Provence)ProvenceAged in a mix of wood and amphorae, the wine is beautifully ...See Full Review$43
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