Testalonga Dolceacqua

Testalonga Dolceacqua


Country: Italy

Region: Liguria

Grapes: Rossese

Vintage: 2017

Winemaker Antonio Perrino has just a few hectares of vines and ancient olive groves which he farms organically on steep terraces planted over clay and limestone high up in the hills above Dolceacqua, a quiet village just a few miles from the seaside holiday towns of the Mediterranean. His oldest vines are over a 100 years of age, the oldest trees over 1000.

Made from the oldest Rossese vines planted over clay and limestone in the famed Arcagna vineyard, the wine making here is old-school: grapes are fermented with whole bunches for a fortnight before being foot stomped and left to spend a year in old casks. The resulting wine is resolutely Mediterranean, pairing bright, sun kissed fruit with a lifted, herbaceous note which calls to mind the garrigue of the Ligurian hills.