Cinque Terre is the name of a stretch of the Ligurian Riviera to the east of Genoa in which are situated the communes of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Grape varieties that are somewhat particular to the district are cultivated, such as Albarola, Bosco and Vermentino. The first two are of unknown origin, while the third, Vermentino, was introduced into the area fairly recently.
The wine has not gone far: while there is strong and steady demand for the wine, it is generally limited to the immediate area. And the greater part of the production is acquired by numerous private consumers who go to the Cinque Terre in person to buy it.