A rarity wine from Palmaria island at Grand Hotel Portovenere

June 2019

Palmaria Island - Grand Hotel Portovenere Liguria Italy

“Parmarea” white wine comes from a tiny vineyard of 6000 square meters on Palmaria island

Grand Hotel Portovenere rediscovers Palmaria island’s wine, the island in the Gulf of La Spezia in front of Portovenere village, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palmaria is a mostly wooded territory with a natural Mediterranean vegetation, but inland it is a real jewel: facing north there is half a hectare of a vineyard at 35-40 meters above sea level.
“Parmaea” white wine origin is here, and it is the only wine of the island, with a production of justo about 1.000 bottles.
The wine is made from Vermentino (60%), Albarola (20%) and Trebbiano (20%) grapes.
“Parmaea has a spontaneous fermentation – explains the producer Samuele Heydi Bonanini – and is neither filtered nor clarified”.

Grand Hotel Portovenere supported Parmarea production’s recovery by purchasing almost all the bottles that are now offered at Palmaria Restaurant, whose name has always been linked to the island that characterizes the landscape of the Gulf of Poets.

This choice is part of Grand Hotel Portovenere’s activities to support and enhance the values of local territory also in the kitchen: “… A choice much appreciated by foreign guests but also by Italians who choose this historic village for their events or their holidays” stressed  Cristina Raso, hotel marketing and communications manager.

(in the cover photo, Palmaria island seen from Grand Hotel Portovenere)

 The venue
Grand Hotel Portovenere is located in the most fascinating spot of the namesake UNESCO world heritage town. Palmaria Restaurant, on a breathtaking terrace overlooking the sea, offers also gluten-free menus. Grand Hotel Portovenere is the only hotel with meeting halls in Portovenere.