21 September 2023

Sciacchetrà: a liquid gem for Italian wine culture and cosmetics


Italy, a Country renowned for its rich cultural heritage, picturesque landscapes and culinary delights, has been enriched by large scale production of exceptional wines. Among these we find “Sciacchetrà”, a wine with a history as vibrant as its flavours.
Originating from the enchanting Cinque Terre, an area of the Liguria region, Sciacchetrà charms wine enthusiasts with its unique production methods, rare grape varieties and extraordinary flavour profile. In this article we delve into the fascinating world of Sciacchetrà, exploring its origins, the winemaking techniques and its unexpected properties in the field of cosmetics to counteract cellular aging.

A tale of tradition and territory

The heart and soul of Sciacchetrà reside in the grapes used for its production. This wine is typically produced from a blend of three native vines: Bosco, Vermentino and Albarola. These grapes, grown in the narrow terraces of the Cinque Terre, are meticulously hand harvested, contributing to the exceptional quality of the wine.
The grapes are left to dry on racks or hung from beams, until they reach such a concentration of sugars that they are transformed into a very sweet nectar. The grapes are delicately pressed and the juice fermented and aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of two years, to ensure that the wine can develop its distinctive character: an attractive amber hue, complex aroma with hints of dired fruit, honey and a harmonious balance of sweetness and acidity.

From Sciacchetrà grapes to anti-aging extract

We discovered that a particular blend of Cinque Terre grapes – Vermentino, Bosco, Albarola – with which Sciacchetrà is also obtained, owns a very high concentration of polyphenols and antioxidant substances. The vines, in fact, are subjected to intense climatic and atmospheric conditions, which stimulate the production of protective substances.
Our laboratory tests have shown that our Cinque Terre grape extract reduces the number of cells subject to oxidative stress by almost 80%. A discovery that allowed us to file a patent for both the extraction method and the composition of the extract, from which the Dionisia cosmetic line was born.

A treasure to be preserved

Due to its limited production and the unique challenges posed by the rugged terrain, Sciacchetrà is a rare gem in the world of wines. Its exclusivity and charm make it highly sought after by both connoisseurs and collectors. Action is therefore underway to protect and promote Sciacchetrà, so that future generations can continue to experience the magic of this precious nectar. In our own small way at Kidaria, we have decided to adopt a production philosophy that aims to protect local heritage, embracing the concept of circular economy. The main ingredient of Dionisia cosmetics is in fact pomace, usually considered a waste material from the wine production chain.