Versilia is a beautiful region of Tuscany, which runs from the heights of the Apuan Alps, through steep hills, diving into the Tyrrhenian sea. Famous for its long beaches and pine woods, it is just as well known for its vineyards and cellars. Here is a guide for discovering the wines and grapes which are typical of this region and uncovering the flavours of Versilia.
La Palatina - Montignoso
The first line of Versiliese hills, with red earth and limestone, Mediterranean brush and holm oaks, the Palatina represents the border of the zone of productoin for Candia dei Colli Apuani in the city of Montignoso.
Strettoia e Monte Ripa - Seravezza
The steep hills that descend from Mount Folgorito to the banks of the Versilia River are the historic heart of the Versiliese vineyards, with dark, acid soil, Mediterranean scrub and pine woods. Given the nutrient-poor soil, the areas which are best for maturing the grapes are on the hillsides with a full south-east / south-west exposure. Strinato and Monte di Ripa grapes grow in this area.
I Vigneti del Mare
The Borbone Estate, once the property of a noble family, still maintains the traditions of wine making and cultivation. Located in the protected area of the Natural Park of San Rossore, Migliarrino and Massaciuccoli, here the vines mature in sandy soil separated from the Tyrrhenian Sea by the Eastern Pine Wood.
Vallecchia - Pietrasanta La Colombetta
Historically known as the wine country of the rulers of Pietrasanta, this historic Colombetta vines have been recuperated in recent years with new cuttings selected from international and national vines. This area is characterized by pine trees and rich soil with southern exposure.
This hilly zone at the foot of the Apuan Alps is cultivated in the terrace method typical of Tuscan hillside locations, with vines carefully selected to grow near the century-old IGP classified “Olivo Quercetano” olive trees.