The “Vernaccia” wine, produced in the Cinque Terre area, spread widely with great success in the 13th century and most of the historians claim that to give the name to this wine was the ancient nucleus of Vernazza, stamping a trademark origin to a very famous product that takes the way of the sea. In fact, the toponym appears a century before the same name is found to indicate the wine.
The other hypothesis is that the village of Vernazza would derive its name from the wine, being the only safe harbor in the Cinque Terre where it is possible to embark a substantial quantity of the product coming from the neighboring localities.
The “Vernaccia” was a wine of high alcohol content and valuable that could be likened to strong and liqueur wines from the eastern Mediterranean coast, such as Malvasia or Moscato. Historical documents attest that vine vessels of “Vernaccia” were found in the cellars of Pompei with the words “vinum Corneliae” engraved, that is of Corniglia, one of the villages of the Cinque Terre and the closest to Vernazza.
In 1500 the “Vernaccia” from Liguria is also mentioned by Boccaccio in the Decamerone, as a wine capable of curing the stomach pains of abbot Cluny and Pope Paul III and capable of giving great nourishment in winter, especially for elderly people .
Practically it can be said that the “Vernaccia” was the ancestor of Sciaccchetrà, since it was produced in modest quantities and thanks to its strong alcohol content, it allowed conservation avoiding turning into vinegar and being transported for long distances, reaching the tables of the nobles of the time.
In “Descriptio orae ligusticae” Giacomo Bracelli, Chancellor of the Republic of Genoa in the mid-fifteenth century, describes the coast between Punta Mesco and Portovenere talking about the five villages separated from each other by an equal distance with stony cliffs that do not retain moisture, covered with vines so thirsty and slender to look more like ivy than vine.
The wine produced in this area is so renown that it used to “set the tables of kings”.
The photos are by André Leuba, Eduard Kopp and Anselmo Crovara kept in the Archives of Memory Anselmo Crovara in Via Aldo Rollandi in Manarola.
23 October 2020
The ancient village of Lemmen in Riomaggiore
8 October 2020
Agriculture in Cinque Terre: man and nature.
21 April 2020
Monterosso: poets, lemons and anchovies
27 March 2020
Cinque Terre’s beaches
30 January 2020
Manarola: the vertical village
18 September 2019
1919 – 2019: the harvest of the centenary in Volastra
1 May 2019
The Path n. 531: from Riomaggiore to Manarola through Beccara
12 April 2019
The path SVA between Monterosso and Levanto
2 December 2018
The Vernaccia: the first wine of the Cinque Terre
18 September 2018
Harvest 2018: great harvest in Volastra!!!
8 November 2017
Harvest 2017: quality and quantity for D.O.C. 5 Terre wine
12 August 2017
Path n. 536 to Monesteroli: stairway to heaven
14 March 2017
Path n. 509 : Monterosso–Soviore
19 January 2017
The Cinque Terre’s sweet wine: from Rinforzato to Sciacchetrà
14 January 2017
The Maremonti pedestrian cycle path from Levanto to Framura
19 November 2016
From Monterosso to Vernazza via sanctuaries
23 September 2016
Harvest 2016: excellent quality!
21 May 2016
The path n. 530 – From Volastra to Telegrafo
9 December 2015
Path n. 507 from San Bernardino to Vernazza
1 October 2015
Harvest 2015: the perfect season!