Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente
Pigato is a white wine produced in Liguria, mainly in Savona Province, in the Albenga plain. The homonymous grape variety has ancient origins, it probably arrived to Liguria from Greece during the Middle Age, from one of the Genoese colonies in the Aegean. The name Pigato might originate from the dialectal term "pigau", which means stained, for the typical dark stain that appears on the grape when ripe, or even from the term "picatum", flavoured wine used back in Roman times.
This area of Liguria called Riviera Ligure di Ponente, spans from Genova to the French border, alternating wonderful sandy beaches to steep cliffs, among beautiful villages with a strong touristic tradition as Sanremo, famous for the Italian Song Festival. As for gastronomy, the Riviera boasts several excellent products as the most famous Basilico DOP, basic ingredient for Pesto alla Genovese and the olive oil Riviera Ligure DOP, one of the most delicate and fine in the Country, excellent to season grilled or boiled fishes. In fact, the sea is the king of the region and vineyards, that are almost all located on the hills but near the sea, benefit from its air both for the ripening of grapes and for the richness of scents that can be found in the wine.
Pigato has a nice straw yellow colour, intense flavours of flowers and fruits and of aromatic herbs. In the mouth it is a dry wine, fresh and young but always well-structured, with good aromatic persistence and a pleasant almond in the end. It is perfect with all fish dishes, from appetizers to main courses. Excellent with the typical pasta with Pesto alla Genovese.