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The region (Italian Liguria) is located in the northwest Italy and clings kidney-shaped to the Gulf of Genoa. The approximately 350-kilometer coast of the Riviera di Levante and Riviera di Ponente extends from the French border in the west to the northern edge of the Tuscany, The mostly rugged and stony land is difficult to cultivate. The capital Genoa was already in the antiquity a major port and in the Middle Ages Venice the second most important trading center for wine. Even the Greek historian Strabo (63 BC-28 AD) praised the Ligurian wine. The famous naturalist and philosopher Andrea Bacci (1521-1590) wrote exuberantly, "that the wines of Liguria could even make stones bloom" .
The vineyards cover about 1,500 hectares of vineyards. The steep, laboriously carved into the rock terraced Vineyards are mainly in the Arroscia Valley in the west and in the Miagra Valley in the southeast. The climate is Mediterranean and dry, protecting the Ligurian Alps and Apennines, which are more than 2,500 meters high, from cold winds and the sea storing the heat of the sun. Inland, it can be described as semi-continental. The reddish, calcareous soil occurring along the coast is very well suited for white wine varieties. There are more than a hundred for the most part autochthonous Grape varieties cultivated in often tiny quantities. One strives to reactivate them and prevent them from extinction.