The vines extend luxuriously marking the landscape with ancient geometrical rows, from the attractive slopes of Pieve Santo Stefano to San Gennaro and beyond Montecarlo towards the hills of Porcari and Altopascio. This is the production area for DOC Colline Lucchesi and Montecarlo wines: the terrain is formed from the detritus of the Apennines, and is mainly clay-based with siliceous elements, sometimes mixed with gravel from the Apuan Alps. This type of soil is ideal for growing vines and a natural condition for high quality wine. The mild climate, southern exposure and presence of high peaks protecting from northern cold contribute to a strong and healthy production of wines with high sugar content and intense bouquets. The new vinification and bottling techniques enhance the original qualities of these wines which were enjoyed and consumed in large quantities by Pisans and Florentines long ago, as documented from the 15th century in Lucca’s commercial records.
Colline Lucchesi DOC and Montecarlo DOC wines
These wines are made from the grapes of vines cultivated in the Lucca, Porcari and Capannori areas, in the Montecarlo area and partly in the Altopascio and Porcari areas. For more informations see www.stradavinoeoliolucca.it
I VINI DOVE E QUANDO
The Lucca wine and olive oil road offers four itineraries to discover the landscape of olive trees and vineyards, including the farms but even the monumentatal villas, the small medioeval parrish churches, the villages, the cellars where to buy the products.
Viavinaria at the end of May, in the medioeval village of Montecarlo, the "hiostorical centre" of Luccas` production of olive oil and wines, an appointment for producers and lovers of the good drinking, more and more comlete and various.
Montecarlo in Festa at the beginning of september, instead, people feasts the harvesting of grapes with the traditional "fast foods": anchovies, grilled meat and sausages, fried pasta and more, to accompany of course to the good local wines. In the historical centre of Montecarlo exibitions and fairs, in the Piazza dì`Armi, at the feet of the fortress, music and gastronomy.
Festa del vino novello: again in Montecarlo, in november, introducing the new wines produced in the local farms with tipical gastronomic products of the season: necci (chestnut flour pancakes), bruschetta (toasted bread garnished with tomatoes garlic and olive oil, frugiate (rosted chestnuts fruits).