Dolceacqua, Liguria

Antonio Perrino is from Dolceacqua, a quiet, pretty little town in the Ligurian foothills, just a few miles from the seaside holiday towns of the Mediterranean.

Nino has just a few hectares of vines and ancient olive groves on steep terraces high up in the hills. The oldest vines are over a 100 years of age, the oldest trees over 1000. It is a truly magical place, heady with herbs and with views all the way to Corsica on a clear day.

The wines are made in his garage in the town centre, the smallest winemaking setup we have seen. His tools consist of a couple of old barrels and a vertical press. They are produced in the same fashion they were when Nino began making wines here with his father some 50 years ago and fittingly taste as if they were from another age.