In a nutshell: An Italian Vermentino from the Ligurian coast that's of real interest.
The lowdown: Liguria is the strip of land bordering France and running down the North West coast of Italy to Tuscany and it's here that Cantine Lunae have been making wines for over 100 years. Grown at 250m on hillsides overlooking the Mediterranean in vineyards protected from the harsh north winds by the Apuan Alps Lunae use several small plots of vines located in Colli di Luni to make sure they're able to select only the best grapes from the best sites. The result is a truly lovely crisp, clean and fresh Vermentino with body, structure and great minerality.
When to drink: It's a perfect summery wine, but also has the body to go well with poultry and grilled fish dishes.
Nestled on the Ligurian border with Tuscany, near the remains of the ancient Roman city of Luni, Cantine Lunae has been pushing boundaries of Ligurian wines since Paolo Bosoni inherited the winery in 1966. Paolo remains at the helm of what is very much a family enterprise. His wife Antonella Bertolla and children Diego and Debora are integral parts of the business.
Their vineyards, totalling around 45 hectares altogether, lie in the Colli di Luni, the last stretch of Liguria before you arrive in Tuscany, and comprise small parcels, none larger than a couple of hectares spread around the coastal plains and foothills of the Apuan Alps. Vermentino is their mainstay, but they also makes several other successful cuvées from other white and red varieties, and they're keen to experiment with rarely seen local varieties like Albarola. The family's dedication to quality is helping to create incredibly vibrant and intense wines from local grape varieties which are a true exprssion of their soils, Mediterranean climate and their respectful viticulture.