Ligurian wines are not well known outside the Riviera because its production is rather small, second only to the tiny Aosta Valley. It has no DOCG, but eight DOCs and four IGPs. Liguria mainly produces white wine. The main grape varieties of the region are Vermentino, Pigato (a biotype of Vermentino) and Rossese.
The vineyards of the Ligurian Riviera are majestic terraced slopes that plunge into the Mediterranean Sea in the Cinque Terre, occupying a truly maritime environment. While spectacular, the terrain is extremely difficult to work efficiently and safely. The harvest is carried out by hand, with the aid of monorail systems to move the grapes up the hills.