Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato DOC

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Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato DOC is a white wine with unmistakable characteristics, which is produced throughout the western side of Liguria, from Genoa to Imperia. It is produced with the grapes of Pigato, a native vine almost unknown in the rest of the country but which here in Liguria offers extraordinary results. Depending on the winemaking technique, which is at the discretion of the producer, it can also be superior or passito.

Without detracting from the designation “brothers” produced with other vines, it is probably the most representative wine of Riviera Ligure di Ponente DOC. Its name derives from the Ligurian dialect “pigà” or “pigau”, which means “dotted”, an appellation due to the dots present on the berries surface.


In the dry type, the color is more or less intense straw yellow, with golden reflections; the scent is dry, herbaceous, mineral, with notes of almond; the taste is dry, sapid, with a bitterish aftertaste.

In the passito type, the color is intense straw yellow, tending to golden; the scent is dry, herbaceous, mineral, with notes of almond; the taste is sweet, warm, with a bitterish aftertaste.

Food pairing

Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato DOC, in its dry version, goes very well with fish dishes in general, even better if local.


Production zone
  • region: Liguria
  • provinces: Imperia, Savona, Genova
  • Pigato
  • Pigato Superiore
  • Pigato Passito
Grapes varieties
  • Pigato 95-100%
  • other non aromatic grapes 0-15%
Maximum productivity
  • quintals / hectare: 110, 90 (S), 90 (P)
  • hectoliters / quintal: 70%, 50% (P) 
  • hectoliters / hectare: 77, 63 (S), 45 (P) 

(S) = Superiore
(P) = Passito

Minimum alcohol
  • Pigato: 11,0%
  • Pigato Superiore: 13,0%
  • Pigato Passito: 12,5%
  • temperature: 12°C / 54°F
  • glass: medium wine glass
  • longevity: 1-2 years
Passito service
  • temperature: 14°C / 57°F
  • glass: small wine glass
  • longevity: 2-5 years
Happy wine!