Liguria consists of a narrow strip that extends from the border with France to the northern part of Tuscany. Traversed by mountains (the Alps to the west and the Apennines to the east), the entire territory faces the Ligurian Sea. Although geographically part of northern Italy, it enjoys a temperate climate due to the influence of the sea. Genoa, the main city, is on the dividing line between the Riviera di Ponente and Riviera di Levante. Mountains and steep hills make up 70% of the territory, and there are only two plains: the Albenga plain in the Riviera di Ponente and the Magra plain in the Riviera di Levante. Around 70% of wine production is concentrated in the Magra plain in the province of La Spezia. Notwithstanding the limited volume of production, Ligurian wines, especially the whites, are renowned for their elegance and freshness.
The area of Colli di Luni is the easternmost corner of the region, lying between the Gulf of La Spezia and the Apuan Alps, only 7 miles from the sea as the crow flies. This privileged position provides a unique microclimate where the alternating action of the sea and mountain breezes, depending on whether it is day and night, creates the perfect conditions for cultivating vines and producing excellent wines.
View of the river Magra valley and the Colli di Luni that shows the variety of the features of the land: the sandy/alluvial soil of the valley and the meagre/dry soil of the hills. This allows us to produce wines with completely different characteristics.
The composition of the soil is geologically very varied, rich skeletal soil of medium texture in the hills and foothills and clay silt in the plains. The marble of the Apuans, the olive groves, the Mediterranean scrub and the sea and the distinctive features and aromas of the land surrounding their vineyards.
With a total annual production of approx. 780,000 bottles, Cantine Lunae Bosoni currently represents the largest winery in Liguria, located in the easternmost corner of the region, bordering Tuscany. It was established by Paolo Bosoni in 1966 and today his children Diego and Debora continue to refine his work. The estate controls about 85 hectares on the plain around the ancient city of Luni and in the hills of Castelnuovo Magra and Ortonovo (50ha are family-owned, 15ha are long-term leases and the rest are local growers). The offerings revolve around a range of Vermetinos distinguished by selection of different vines, vineyard sites and vinification, all notable for their contemporary style. The red wines are fresh offerings of local varietals such as Massareta, Pollera Nera blended with Sangiovese, which is very widespread in the area due to the proximity to Tuscany (2 km only to the border).
It was decided to completely eliminate the use of herbicides and to use natural fertilizers. The grapes are harvested by hand in little crates. The time for harvesting depends on exposure and the strains cultivated, as well as on the basis of a series of analyses of the bunches and by tasting the grapes, which are then carefully selected.A hundred and fifty small, local winemakers, working alongside the company’s technical staff every day, contribute their limited production, thereby maintaining the traditions and unique quality of the winemaking of our region. This collaboration has allowed Lvnae to reassess particularly fertile areas for vine cultivation, rediscover ancient, native vines with enormous potential and revitalise and encourage these small country businesses.
Pirramimma vineyards and winery are nestled behind the township of McLaren Vale, running parallel to Tatachilla Road. The mature vineyards are planted to 13 varieties and 40 designated blocks, spread over 300 acres and allow them to produce over 80 different wines, from the iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz, pioneered varieties such as Petit Verdot and Tannat, and an ancient collection of fortifieds.
Founded in 2005, the Barons de Rothschild Champagne House has established strong relationships with partner producers to craft champagnes of a rare elegance from exceptional terroirs and rigorously selected grapes. “Accomplishing through great achievements”, such has been the Rothschild family’s ambition for more than 250 years. Through the strength of its wine-growing experience, the family has joined forces with producers from Champagne to develop excellent champagnes which bring together know-how and tradition.
Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm L’Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the estate, and the beginnings of what was to become a sprawling enterprise with a focus on terroir-specific wines.
Takara has great experience in producing Shochu , Mirin and Sake for more than one-and-a-half centuries. Because Takara’s main business endeavors depend heavily on the mastery of natural processes such as fermentation, the Company feels a strong responsibility toward preserving the natural environment.
Certain names resonate strongly within Australian wine history and Jim Barry is one of them. It was Jim Barry’s drive that helped shape South Australia’s Clare Valley as a benchmark producer of world class Riesling and cemented it as one of Australia’s premier wine regions.