The “Sciacchetrà”, the wine of Cinque Terre!

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September is the month of grape-harvest, and for this reason we decided to propose you a post about the “Sciacchetrà”, one of the most famous wine of Cinque Terre, true excellence of this territory in Italy and in the world.

The article has been written by Anna Merulla, from Beautiful Liguria: for us it’s a very interesting post, well written, and we propose you some parts of it. To read the full original article, please go to the Beautiful Liguria website (link at the bottom).

“Some of Beautiful Liguria’s posts spoke about the famous Cinque Terre and its characteristic landscape, but I haven’t told you that the Cinque Terre are famous also for the DOC wines produced. In fact, the terraced vineyards overlooking the sea offer a rare precious raisin wine, the Sciacchetrà wine.

The Sciacchetrà wine takes its name from the Ligurian dialect which means: (sciac) = press grape and (tra) = removing grape dregs during its fermentation.

It is produced only with selected grapes, after drying in airy attics away dampness and direct sunlight.

The wine growers use newer “conveniences” for the grape harvest, that is a motorized monorail system to carry the grapes from the terraced vineyards on the steep mountains down to the roadway, for transport to the winery. The ingenious monorail is big enough to carry the driver and the precious grape.

In the past, Cinque terre’s people used to anchor small fishing boats, immediately below the terraced vineyards. Then, baskets laden with grapes were lowered from above the hills into these small boats which then sailed round to the other inaccessible villages.”

Full article on:http://www.beautiful-liguria.org/2010/09/cinque-terre-sciacchetra-wine.html

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