COLLI DI LUNI DOC, denomination for red and white wines in the border area of the two wine-growing regions of Liguria and Tuscany (‘Toscana’) in Italy.

Production zone | The zone includes 14 townships (‘commune’) in the province of La Spezia in Liguria, namely Ortonovo, Castelnuovo Magra, Sarzana, Santo Stefano di Magra, Bolano, Calice al Cornoviglio, Beverino, Riccò del Golfo, Follo, La Spezia, Vezzano Ligure, Arcola, Lerici, and Ameglia; and in the east the communes of Aulla, Fosdinovo and Podenzana in the province of Massa Carrara in Tuscany.

Wine grapes | Barsaglina (red). 

Viticulture | Pruning is mostly to single guyot with some cordon. Most vines were replanted individually historically, on terraces and to individual poles. Rootstocks are usually 1103 Paulsen (usefully deep rooting), a bit of 420A, with new vineyards on 3309C (which may be too vigorous for this zone). At replanting 90% of the replants are bought already grafted.

WHITE WINES

Colli di Luni Bianco DOC | Colli di Luni Bianco is blended from Vermentino (35-75%), Trebbiano (25-40%) and other white varieties (up to 30%) like Albarola which gives fruit and texture. The varietal white Vermentino must consist of at least 90% of this variety.

RED WINES

Colli di Luni Rosso DOC | Colli di Luni Rosso is a blend made from Sangiovese (60-70%), Canaiolo Nero and/or Ciliegiolo Nero and/or Pòllera Nera (15-40%), as well as from Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon and/or other red varieties (up to 25%). These include Vermentino Nero which ripens first, then Monfrà which may be an old clone of Dolcetto, plus Marinello, Morone, and Merlarola.

WINERIES

No certification | Ca’ Lunae (Bosoni)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p157-8.