Vermentino Colli di Luni "Boboli"
Wine name:Vermentino Colli di Luni "Boboli"
Appellation:COLLI DI LUNI VERMENTINO DOC
Zone:Castelnuovo Magra (Province of La Spezia)
Vineyard extension (hectares):1.6
Blend:90% Vermentino 10% Malvasia di Candia
Vineyard age (year of planting):Malvasia di Candia 1914,2003 Vermentino 1914,2003
Soil Type:Sandstone that crumbles in the sun
Altitude:168 meters above sea level
Colour:Intense straw yellow
Nose:notes of honey, citrus fruit, grapefruit and flint
Flavour:sapid, mineral and persistent
Serving temperature (°C):11
Match with:John Dory fish in the oven with potatoes, grilled fish and fish cooked in the oven with a salt crust, shellfish, pasta and rice dishes with seafood
Average no. bottles/year:7,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:8
The vines of the higher part (about 3,000 square meters) are 100 years old and are prephylloxera (they are ungrafted).
Vinification and ageing
The clusters are destemmed and crushed. White vinification in steel with temperature control. Cold maceration with the skins at 6 degrees Celsius for 6 hours in order to extract aroma (Vermentino is a non aromatic grape variety). Soft pressing. The must is decanted by flotation. After approximately 6 hours the must is racked off. The alcoholic fermentation lasts for 15 days. The wine is racked off at the end of the fermentation. No malolactic fermentation. The wine matures on the lees in steel and bâtonnages are carried out till February. During the maturation period the whole mass of the wine gradually rotates for a month in 10 hectolitre Slavonian oak casks and is then racked back into steel. The wine is then racked and it is filtered only before being bottled.
Address:via Palvotrisia 134 19033 Castelnuovo Magra (SP)
Year of establishment:1993
Total annual production:70000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):11
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):11ha Vermentino, Trebbiano, Malvasia, Merlot, Sangiovese, Canaiolo
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:every second row is tilled
Type of viticulture:Integrated/sustainable
Oenologist:Davide Baccigalupi and Luca Caramellino
The province of La Spezia, in the southern part of Liguria and right on the border with Tuscany, is where the Vermentino grape finds particularly favourable conditions.
Azienda Giacomelli is in the commune of Castelnuovo Magra between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrenian sea. This location has a special microclimate due to the cool winds from the mountains and the influence of the sea. In fact it is cool at night and warm during the day. The composition of the soil varies a lot: sandstone, sand, clay, skeletal soils, red soils rich in iron. This makes the wines particularly mineral, sapid and with hydrocarbon notes also because, when it is windy, the salt from the sea is carried to the vineyards.
The grandfather of Roberto Petacchi, the present owner, established the estate in 1915 where wine, oil and vegetables were produced, it was a typical farm of Liguria. In 1993 Roberto, who has had a passion for agriculture since he was a little boy, took the helm and concentrated on viticulture and wine making. He gradually selected, purchased and replanted 8 hectares of vineyards, mainly with Vermentino, in the best and historical locations of Castelnuovo and of Ortonovo which were added to the existing 3 hectares (planted with Vermentino, Malvasia, Sangiovese and Canaiolo).
The vineyards are tended like a garden and respect for the environment is imperative. They are not close together, but they are scattered over the areas of Castelnuovo and Ortonovo. This is typical of Liguria where properties are quite fragmented. Each vineyard has a very distinctive character and the grapes are vinified separately.
Roberto makes two single vineyard Colli di Luni Vermentino DOC, a Colli di Luni Rosso DOC, and three Liguria di Levante IGT (red, white and rosato) for a total production of 70,000-80,000 bottles/year.