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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Starfield 2019 Estate Grown Vermentino (El Dorado)Sierra FoothillsThis complex and mineral-laden wine offers tempting scents of chalk, lime and ...See Full Review$28
Bourgeois Family 2018 Elicio Vermentino (Mediterranée)France OtherGrapefruit and white-peach flavors are highlighted by zesty streaks of tangerine and ...Best BuySee Full Review$13
Bella Grace 2020 Vermentino (Amador County)Sierra FoothillsNotes of crisp apple and very light herbs highlight this fresh, tangy ...See Full Review$28
Troon 2019 Amphora Amber Vermentino (Applegate Valley)Southern OregonA slightly muddy yellow-orange hue, this was fermented and aged 10 months ...See Full Review$35
La Folia Winery 2017 Vermentino (Sierra Foothills)Sierra FoothillsDelicious and different flavors like apricot, peach skin and almonds brighten this ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$28
Brick Barn 2019 Vermentino (Santa Ynez Valley)Central CoastClean aromas of orange sorbet, apple and wet stone show on the ...See Full Review$38
Portalupi 2019 Mahoney Vineyard Vermentino (Carneros)Napa-SonomaAged five months in stainless-steel tank, this wine is waxy and pungent, ...See Full Review$32
Vina Robles 2019 Huerhuero Vineyard Vermentino (Paso Robles)Central CoastVery light in the glass, this bottling is incredibly aromatic in all ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$20
Section Wines 2019 Vermentino (Santa Ynez Valley)Central CoastTightly wound on the nose, this bottling of a very promising grape ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$32
Uvaggio 2019 Il Nostro Vermentino (Carneros)Napa-SonomaMade from a variety more commonly found in Sardinia, this wine makes ...See Full Review$25
Seghesio 2019 Keyhole Ranch Vineyard Vermentino (Russian River Valley)SonomaHeady, floral and lemony fresh, this light-bodied wine is fleshy, soft and ...See Full Review$24
Markus Wine Co 2019 Vermentino (Lodi)Central ValleyVeggie-like aromas of chives and snap peas meet up with tangy, fresh ...See Full Review$22
Robert Hall 2019 Cavern Select Vermentino (El Pomar District)Central CoastBroad, ripe aromas of pineapple, yellow pear and apple peel show on ...See Full Review$24
Maris 2018 Made with Organic Grapes Vermentino (Vin de France)France OtherThe perfumed nose is loaded with lychee, pear and peach aromas. The ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$17
Union de Vignerons de l'Île de Beauté 2019 Domaine Vetriccie Vermentino (Corse)FranceThis is a fresh, citrus-driven wine, with crisp acidity and a fine ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$20
Union de Vignerons de l'Île de Beauté 2019 Domaine Petroni Vermentino (Corse)FranceVermentino is the go-to grape in Corsica and this is typical of ...See Full Review$25
Ferraton Père et Fils 2019 La Tournée White (Vin de France)France OtherRipe pear and hay aromas introduce the palate where yellow apple, green ...Best BuySee Full Review$10
Tablas Creek 2019 Vermentino (Adelaida District)Central CoastProprietor Jason Haas continually reveals the magic potential of this grape for ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$27
Joseph Jewell 2019 Raymond Burr Vineyard Vermentino (Dry Creek Valley)SonomaFrom the vineyard grafted to Vermentino in 2017, this wine shows how ...See Full Review$24
Peltier 2019 Estate Grown Vermentino (Lodi)Central ValleyThis lean and tangy wine offers plenty of crisp apple flavors, good ...See Full Review$18
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