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Pigato is a white skinned grape variety that is native to the Italian region of Liguria where it has been steadily grown since the 1600’s. Its name is derived from the local dialect word “pigau” which means stained in reference to the varietal’s skins being covered with rust colored patches when ripe. Pigato thrives mostly in the Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC which is situated along the Mediterranean coast in the western part of Liguria, it is planted in terraced, sun facing vineyards, whose rich in clay and limestone soil helps trap and release much needed moisture in the sometimes very dry Ligurian summers, during which most of the moisture the vines are exposed to is generated by the steady south to north blowing Mediterranean winds.

Pigato is seemingly genetically identical to Vermentino, also a native varietal, however the two varieties differ not only in appearance but also in flavor profiles. Traditionally Pigato was vinified by leaving the must exposed to extended skin contact during fermentation, therefore bringing out the best characteristics of the grape such as its creamy mouthfeel, juicy flavors of ripe peaches, apricots, almonds along with herbal and floral notes balanced by brisk acidity and slightly saline finish.
More recently winemakers had shifted to a skinless fermentation technique that can leave the final product a little too flat and devoid of depth of flavors, thankfully most Pigato producers have recently rediscovered the wisdom of the traditional methods of vinification.
Pigato Grapes

Wines made from Pigato Grapes usually appear a bright brilliant golden straw yellow with orange hues color.
The nose is reflective of the terroir with aromas of fresh peaches, apricots, wild flowers and fresh herbs such as sage, basil, thyme and rosemary.
On the palate the wines tend to have a rich creamy slightly effervescent texture with juicy flavors of ripe peaches, apricots, melon, subtle hints of honey and fresh cooking herbs with brisk acidity, flinty minerality and the grapes signature saline finish which help make them favorites with the local cuisine from seafood salads to trofie al pesto.

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