Our vineyards lie in the Colli di Luni, from the plain to the south of the river Magra to the Apuan Alps in the province of La Spezia. The last corner of eastern Liguria, bordering Tuscany.
Uniqueness and variety.
Our territory is unique: our vineyards, made up of little pieces of land (none larger than 2-3 hectares) are divided among hills, foothills and plains. The Apuan Alps and the mountains give protection from the cold northerly winds, while the sea provides good ventilation and a remarkable temperature range, excellent for the quality and characters of the wines.
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 our vineyards.
Tradition and experimentation.
Our vineyards are located in the municipalities of Ortonovo and Castelnuovo Magra (La Spezia) and cover an area of 45 hectares. Three of these feature experimental vineyards where the properties of traditional vines are studied and developed in collaboration with the Liguria Region and the National Research Centre of Turin.
Nature and Ecology.
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.
An expression of our land.
We believe in the excellence of the Genius Loci and in the exceptional nature of every single plot and its fruit. That’s why our philosophy is to appreciate and rediscover native vines in order to bring out their maximum quality. Vermentino is a vine we have always worked with, in the vineyard and the cellar, and we are well aware of the unique properties bestowed by our terroir. We also decided to preserve and plant native vines like Albarola, Vermentino Nero, Malvasia, Pollera Nera and Massareta, aware of the uniqueness of their fruit.
The quality and biodiversity of the territory.
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.