The history of the Colline Lucchesi DOC wine is linked to Lucca’s aristocratic families, who in 1500 decided to invest the enormous revenue from the silk business in agriculture, creating sumptuous farm-villas in the countryside around the walled city.
Between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, vine cultivation in the Lucca countryside intensified. In the same period, members of all the city’s major aristocratic families were involved in the production and trade of silk, especially towards the countries of Northern Europe. With their silk fabrics, Lucca’s merchants began to transport their wine and oil northward, too. But in the middle of the sixteenth century, the silk business fell into a crisis, so they decided to invest in agriculture. Lucca aristocratic families as the Guinigi, Arnolfini and Mansi started competing for the most beautiful country-villa and the best wine.
The farm-villas that today dot the countryside of Lucca came out of this history. Many of them still produce wine and offer guided tours, events and tastings to better experience the 8 varieties of DOC Colline Lucchesi available: red, Sangiovese, Merlot, white, Vermentino, Vin Santo and Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice.