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The Vernaccia: the first wine of the Cinque Terre

Posted on 3 December 2018, in Blog

The "Vernaccia" wine, produced in the Cinque Terre area, spread widely with great success in the 13th century and most of the historians claim that to give the name to this wine was the ancient nucleus of Vernazza, stamping a trademark origin to a very famous product that takes the way of the sea. In fact, the toponym appears a century before the same name is found to indicate the wine.

The other hypothesis is that the village of Vernazza would derive its name from the wine, being the only safe harbor in the Cinque Terre where it is possible to embark a substantial quantity of the product coming from the neighboring localities.
The "Vernaccia" was a wine of high alcohol content and valuable that could be likened to strong and liqueur wines from the eastern Mediterranean coast, such as Malvasia or Moscato. Historical documents attest that vine vessels of "Vernaccia" were found in the cellars of Pompei with the words "vinum Corneliae" engraved, that is of Corniglia, one of the villages of the Cinque Terre and the closest to Vernazza. (more…)

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Harvesting in the old times in Cinque Terre

Posted on 29 June 2015, in Blog

The harvest in Cinque Terre was an exhausting, but exhilarating phase. It represented the final step of the complex and laborious cultivation of the vine: a massive task due to the harshness of the territory.
People used to work all-year round and lived out of what they produced and using  the small amount of money coming from the sale of the wine. The villages spent  twenty days in feverish activity.                                           

Early in the morning the streets were filled with people of all ages. Men, women, young people and even older people with “corbe” (large wicker basket with four handles) and “paniere” (round wicker basket); they were all over the countryside, talking loudly, in a festive atmosphere. (more…)

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Path n. 6 Manarola – Volastra

Posted on 21 December 2013, in Blog

Manarola and Volastra never had good access by road, until the beginning of 1978, when the carriage road linking Manarola to Groppo and Volastra was inaugurated.
To meet the needs of the inhabitants, the Town Hall Authorities decided to build a new mule track that starting from Fiesse and, partly following the old path Fiesse-Cantrigiàn, reached Volastra.
The construction work began on 21st August 1906 and ended in July 1907, just in time for the road to beopened on 5th August for the occasion of the ceremony of Our Lady of Good Health held in the sanctuary of Volastra.
To build the road it took 1,859 meters of sandstone curbs, miners worked for 186 days and masons for 200 days, for a total cost of 2,300 lire. (more…)


Vicus Oleaster

Posted on 11 October 2013, in Blog

At 350 meters above sea level, on the back of a steep hill surrounded by terraces supported by dry stone walls, is located Volastra, among vineyards and olive trees.
It ‘a small village to adapt to the ground, ordered the houses in two concentric semicircles.
It dates back to 177 BC when the Roman legions turned into peasants after the victorious campaign against the Ligurians, founded the village, which was built on the track of the old Via Romea, prior to the Roman road Via Aurelia.
“Vicus Oleaster”, the land of the olive trees, it was a staging post for changing horses. (more…)


Once upon a time……………

Posted on 21 March 2013, in Blog

Nowadays Cinque Terre have to be grateful to the stubbornness and tenacity of the older generation and to its superhuman efforts that changed the landscape to make a living through agriculture, mainly destined to producing wine for sale.
In order to cultivate the vine, due to the roughness of this area, it was necessary to build an infinite number of dry-stone walls to create the terraces on which to plant the vines.
In consideration with what just said, the harvest assumed epic contours, as the connections between the fields were formed by narrow and inaccessible paths with countless stairways, which denied the possibility to use any kind of mechanical means of transportation. (more…)