Cantine Federici owns one of the main wineries in the Gulf of Poets. It is located in the historic Luni area near Liguria’s border with Tuscany. This territory, dotted with fortified villages, features a varied and rich landscape. Its hills are covered with olive groves and vineyards, halfway between the sea and the Apuan Hills.
The winery is owned and managed by locals: the Federici’s are originally from Ortonovo in the heart of the DOC Colli di Luni area. The family has a long farming tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. In 1985, they decided to focus definitively on growing the Vermentino grape and producing quality wines.
In 2015, Cantine Federici inaugurated the new winery near Portovenere in a building called “Baia del Sole”, which complements the other three existing historic buildings. It covers 1600 square meters and was designed according to the principles of bio-architecture. Solar panels, natural cooling systems, use of wood, stone and brick are just some of the tricks used to make the structure environmentally friendly and well integrated in an area of great environmental and archaeological sensitivity.
In order to allow a more accurate selection of the grapes, the grape harvest is carried out by hand.
The owners carefully follow all the processes: from when the grapes are brought into the cellar during the vinification, to bottling and the subsequent aging where the bottles are buried underground and protected by thick stone walls.
Some of the wines produced at the Federici Winery near Portovenere are the:
- VERMENTINI: Sarticola, Oro d’ Isée, Solaris
- WHITES: Gladius, Muri Grandi, Raggio di Sole
- ROSE’: Prima Brezza
- REDS: Terre d’oriente, Eutichiano, Forlino, Vigeo
- SPARKLING: Gran Cuvée, Moscato, Simpatia
Interested in visiting Cantine Federici and tasting the products of this winery? Guided tours and tastings are offered on request. Visit the website for more information.
Another important, beautiful winery near Portovenere is Cantine Lvnae. You can read more about its philosophy and wines here: Ca’ Lvnae: wine, culture & tradition in Liguria.
Foodie Break in Liguria
Would you like to enjoy a wine & gourmet break in the enchanted Gulf of Poets in Liguria? The boutique Grand Hotel Portovenere proposes the Wine of Cinque Terre package including 3 nights with buffet breakfast, a guided winery tour with tastings of wine & local products, and a 3-course dinner served with selected wines at the hotel’s Palmaria Restaurant. More information
PHOTO CREDITS: Cantine Federici La Baia del Sole