The Wine Road of Lunigiana

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Iwriting about wine at least every other day during this month.
If you have already been to Tuscany you might have realized that every now and then, especially when you go off the beaten road, you may encounter a scenic road that has taken the name of the wine denomination of that area. In Tuscany there are many wine roads. Of course the most famous are those regarding wines such as Chianti, Sassicaia, Brunello, and others, but there are many other roads that are noteworthy and may let you come to discover your most favorite wine ever. The Lunigiana offers the “Candia and Lunigiana Hills Wine Road“.
The cultivation of vines on the hills of Candia originates in a the distant past. The ancient terraces and wine trade documents lead us back to the year 200 BC.
Apuan hills rise under the shadow of the high and rugged Apuan Alps, whose gray contrasts with the lush green plains planted with vines. Following the green vines, your eye will accompany the steep slopes of the hills down to the sea. On these steep terraced hills for over 2000 years vines have been cultivated with great effort and sacrifice. The yield of grapes for farmers has always been very low, due to the natural limitations of arable land.
The wine road begins south of the town of Montignoso, follows the Apennines, through the municipalities of Massa Carrara and Fosdinovo to drop in the Lunigiana hinterland and reach Pontremoli.
The hills overlooking the coastline and covered with vineyards are followed by the Lunigiana hinterland. Here forested mountain areas, give way to less harsh relieves and more or less flat areas where cultivated with vineyards and other crops of various kinds.
The route includes two certified designations of origin wines: the “Candia dei Colli Apuani” which is produced in the hills of Massa Carrara and Montignoso, and “Colli di Luni” born in the hills of Fosdinovo, Podenzana, and Caprigliola.
Following this wine road you can discover the still intact landscape of the Apuan and Lunigiana coast, appreciate the rugged peaks of the Apuan Alps, the steep hills of the Apennines that offer stunning open views of the inland.
This is a zone bordering with three regions. Here the Tuscan culinary traditions spouses those of Liguria and Emilia with as many nuances as are the towns of Lunigiana and the coast, elaborating on the traditional humble Tuscan cuisine, always keeping the oil and wine as the unvaried quality ingredients.