Tucked away in the verdant embrace of Italy's northernmost coastal region, Colli di Luni DOC stands as a testament to the country's rich winemaking heritage. Straddling the border between Liguria and Tuscany, this wine region benefits from a unique confluence of climatic conditions, with the gentle caress of the Mediterranean Sea breezes meeting the protective shield of the Apennine Mountains. This pristine environment crafts a microclimate ideally suited to vine cultivation.
At the heart of Colli di Luni's viticultural offerings are its grape varieties, each imparting its distinct character to the wines. Sangiovese, a red grape renowned for its adaptability and resilience, claims the title of the most planted red variety in this DOC. Its wines carry a symphony of flavors ranging from ripe cherries to earthy undertones, capturing the essence of the region in every glass.
Complementing the reds, the white grape varieties of Colli di Luni paint a vibrant palette. Albarola, native to this terrain, brings forth wines that are crisp with a touch of minerality, often characterized by floral and citrus notes. Vermentino, another stalwart of the region, produces wines with a pronounced aromatic profile, revealing hints of pear, green apple, and sometimes even a salinity that whispers tales of the nearby sea.
The allure of Colli di Luni DOC lies not just in its wines, but in the marriage of its unique environment with ancient grape varieties, producing nectar that is both a reflection and celebration of its origins.
The Colli di Luni DOC, located in the Tuscany wine region, covers mostly vineyards in southeastern Liguria, although it includes some vineyards in Fosdinovo, Aulla and Podenzana.
This region has a cool climate, with average temperatures of 13°C. On the other hand, the average annual rainfall is 1230 mm.
The soil of the region in the area of the mountainous reliefs consists mainly of marine sandy-clay sediments. In contrast, the soils of the plains and valleys are composed of silty fluvial sediments.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Sangiovese
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Albarola, Vermentino
In the enchanting embrace of the Colli di Luni DOC, a trio of exceptional wines emerges, each capturing the essence of this coastal Italian terroir.
Bianco, a symphony of flavors, harmonizes a minimum of 35% Vermentino with the elegance of 25-40% Trebbiano. Accented by a maximum of 30% other authorized white grapes, it reveals notes of sun-kissed orchard fruits and a refreshing breeze.
Rosso, a red masterpiece, marries a minimum of 50% Sangiovese with the depth of other authorized red grapes. Its palate paints a canvas of red berries, kissed by hints of spice and Tuscan sunshine, a true embodiment of the land.
Rosso Riserva, the pinnacle of artistry, matures gracefully for a minimum of 2 years. With a core of minimum 50% Sangiovese, it embraces other authorized red grapes, crafting a wine of remarkable complexity. This aged masterpiece weaves layers of dark fruits, earthy undertones, and a touch of elegance.
In every sip of Colli di Luni Bianco, Rosso, or Rosso Riserva, you taste the harmony of coastal breezes, sun-drenched vines, and the meticulous craftsmanship of generations. These wines, rooted in tradition and nurtured by innovation, invite you to explore the captivating soul of the Colli di Luni terroir.