Vermentino [ver-men-ti-no] is a white wine grape variety believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region, particularly in Italy. Its exact birthplace is uncertain, with regions such as Sardinia, Corsica, and Liguria claiming its inception. Vermentino has found success not only in its native Italy but has also gained popularity in other wine-producing regions such as southern France and Spain, showcasing its adaptability and appeal to various climates. The name “Vermentino” is derived from the Latin word “vermis,” meaning worm, possibly referring to the grape’s curved shape or the presence of a grayish bloom on its skin.
Vermentino wines offer a refreshing and lively flavor profile characterized by bright citrus notes, crisp green apple, and a distinctive minerality that evokes the sun-soaked coastal terroir where it thrives.
Vermentino wines pair exceptionally well with seafood dishes such as grilled shrimp, oysters, or seafood pasta, enhancing the flavors with its zesty character.