Nestled amidst the rugged Apuan Alps of Tuscany, the Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) is a beacon of Italian winemaking. This region, famed for its breathtaking marble quarries and dramatic landscapes, is equally celebrated for its distinct wines that seem to capture the essence of the territory. Ensuring the highest standards of quality for these exceptional wines is the dedicated Consorzio di Tutela del Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC, a body committed to preserving the authenticity and excellence of this unique denomination.
The environment plays a pivotal role in shaping the character of these wines. The combination of the Mediterranean climate with the cooling maritime breezes, juxtaposed against the protective embrace of the mountains, creates a unique microclimate. This balances sun exposure with just the right amount of chill, allowing the grapes to mature perfectly. The resulting wines are aromatic, with an enticing minerality influenced by the calcareous soils.
In terms of grape varieties, the vineyards of Candia dei Colli Apuani are dominated by a select few that have acclimated beautifully to the region's conditions. The most prominent red varieties include the native Barsaglina, known for its dark fruit notes and velvety texture; Sangiovese, Italy’s flagship red, adding structure and depth; and Vermentino Nero, a lesser-known gem, contributing hints of spice and earthiness. On the white spectrum, Vermentino reigns supreme. It gives the region's white wines their refreshing acidity, aromatic profile, and unmistakable notes of green apple, peach, and almond.
Together, these factors give Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC wines their distinctive character - a true testament to the synergy between nature and human endeavor.
The Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC is part of the Tuscany wine region, and covers wines produced in the municipalities of Massa, Carrara and Montignoso.
Due to its location among the Apuan Alps, these greatly influence the climate of the region. For this reason, the best location for the vineyards is on low slopes, as they are protected from strong winds and enjoy a sunny climate moderated by the Ligurian Sea.
Siltstones, clays and quartz-feldspathic rocks dominate this region's soils.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Barsaglina, Sangiovese, Vermentino Nero
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Vermentino
In the embrace of Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC, a symphony of wines unfolds, each a testament to the land's essence. The Bianco whispers of Vermentino, its soulful core composed of a minimum of 70%, interwoven with other authorized white grapes. It enchants with bright notes of citrus and a touch of floral elegance, a liquid tribute to the sun-kissed terroir.
The Rosso, a harmonious blend, paints a canvas of Sangiovese, the heart and soul at 60–80%. A touch of Merlot and other red grapes dance in the backdrop, yielding a wine that's both rustic and refined. In parallel, the Rosato mirrors this composition, capturing the same spirit in a delicate pink hue, a rosé kissed by Tuscan breezes.
And then there's Vin Santo, a treasure born of Vermentino and other white grapes, maturing patiently in the embrace of time. This nectar of the gods beckons with a minimum of 70% Vermentino, its richness cultivated by the sun-soaked hills. With a minimum alcohol level of 14.0%, it offers a sumptuous sweetness, a companion to desserts or moments of contemplation.
Within these bottles, Candia dei Colli Apuani DOC unfolds its story—of vineyards caressed by the Apuan Alps, of Sangiovese and Vermentino intertwining with the whispers of Merlot and other varietals. Each sip, a journey through the soul of this land, where tradition meets innovation, and every vintage captures the essence of its time.