The Lumassina grape prefers the area of the province of Savona, in the hinterland of Noli and that of Finale Ligure (particularly in the area of Varigotti fraction), where it is called Mataòssu.
Its name, Lumassina in Ligurian language also means a little snail. In fact, according to local tradition, the wine made from this grape should be drunk accompanied with a plate of snails, regionally known as lumasse.
Towards the end of the 19th century Lumassina was known as a local Genoese variety, although later the grape has spread especially in the province of Savona.
Its berry is white, medium small, spherical and ellipsoid with waxy, thin, green colored skin. The bunch is medium large, pyramidal, medium long, compact with two or three well-developed wings medium-large, wedge-shaped, three-lobed or entire leaf.
The Lumassina vine has a good vigor, a late maturation period and an abundant production.
The wine produced out of this grape variety is pale yellow colored, lightly loaded. The scent is fruity and floral, with hints of dried fruit and honey. It tastes fresh, fruity, and persistent, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.