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The Sciacchetrà and the Spongata: 2 precious gems as a dessert

Not all jewels are made to be worn. Not all gems are nestled in metal or used to make dresses more precious.

There’s a place in Italy along the coast of the Mar Ligure, where wine is cut like topaz and maybe more valuable than the precious stone itself.

This wine is “Sciacchetrà” and it is produced only in the “Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre”

Patience is another keyword: Sciacchetrà in fact can only be served after a certain period of aging.

The golden grapes of Cinque Terre

From this little Ligurian corner, the Sciacchetrà wine has become worldwide renown and exported.

Nothing though is like drinking Sciacchetrà while in Cinque Terre: only tasting the wine where it has been produced will make you truly understand its breadth, its persistence, its meaning delivered through the party of flavors concentrated in one single sip.

Sciacchetrà is an ancient wine, sweet, slightly fruity and recognizable by its topaz color.

According to a legend, during the 8th century b.C. the greeks started this “passito wine” tradition around the area of Riomaggiore.

Sciacchetrà can today be rarely found in common tables due to its old and time-consuming production tecniques. This wine is made only with selected grapes coming from terrace wineyards, let dry fof 2 months before the final winemaking process.

Patience is another keyword: Sciacchetrà in fact can only be served after a certain period of aging.

Not only wine..

Traditionally, Sciacchetrà is served at the end of a meal, so that it can be fully appreciated.

It is considered a “meditation wine”, perfect if not mixed with the flavours of a main meal because of its complex character.

Being Sciacchetrà a “passito wine”, there’s only one sweet allowed to be tasted with it to boost its fragrance: the Spongata.

This cake, tied to the Emilia Romagna tradition, is the perfect companion to Sciacchetrà, with a common ground on ingredients: honey, raisins and a slight touch of citrus as a final note.

Spongata, traditionally served with a glass of Sciacchetrà, is a delicate and at the same time refined dessert, and stands as a symbol of Cinque Terre.

Not all jewels are meant to be worn.

Cinque Terre is a coffer full of gems, all scattered through the territory and tables.

Let Ligurian treasures enchant you while discovering the Riviera: a glass of wine and a piece of cake will be enough to make your holiday precious.

Here are some daily tours for you to discover Cinque Terre

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