One of the distinguishing characteristics of the wines of Versilia is the skilful mixing of local vines with varieties of French origin. To help the process along, we must also consider the mild climate, the southern exposure and the presence of high peaks that protect the grapes from the cold northern temperatures and that help to create wines with a high sugar content and intense aromas.
As part of the Lucca, Montecarlo and Versilia Wine and Oil Trail you can visit:
- Cantina Venturini
- Azienda Agricola Giardini Ripa di Versilia
- Azienda Agricola Tenuta Mariani
- Azienda Agricola L’Altra Donna
- Cantine Basile – Terre del Capitanato
This is the official site of the Lucca, Montecarlo and Versilia Wine and Oil Trail: https://www.stradavinoeoliolucca.it/
In Versilia there is also the Association of Versilia Winemakers founded with the aim of promoting the knowledge of wines and grape varieties typical of this land, with affiliated producers ranging from the inland areas to near Viareggio up to Montignoso, through Vallecchia, Seravezza and Strettoia.
The Association of Versilia Winemakers includes:
- La Palatina – Montignoso: This is the first part of the Versilia hills, with red earth and limestone outcrops, Mediterranean vegetation and oak forests. Palatine borders on the Candia production area of the Apuan Hills in the municipality of Montignoso.
- Strettoia and Monte Ripa – Seravezza: There are steep hills that descend from Mount Folgorito and lead down to the river Versilia. It is the historical heart of the Versilia vineyards, with dark acidic soils, Mediterranean vegetation and pine forests. Here the grapes reach their peak maturity on slopes that are fully exposed southeast – southwest and in this area the typical aspects of Strinato and Monte di Ripa come out.
- I Vigneti del Mare: In the Borbone Estate, which once belonged to a noble family and today is within the protected area of the Natural Park of San Rossore, Migliarino and Massaciuccoli, the vines ripen on sandy soils separated from the Tyrrhenian Sea only by the Levante pine forest.
- Vallecchia – Pietrasanta La Colombetta: Historically known as the Pietrasanta port captaincy wine area, the ancient vineyard of Colombetta in recent years has been restored with new plants selected from local and international varieties. It is characterised by pine forest vegetation and fertile soils facing south.
- Castiglione: The hilly area near the Apuan Alps has the typical terraces of the traditional Tuscan hills, where the handpicked grapes grow close to the ancient olive trees of the IGP protected “Olivo Quercetano” species.