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From Monterosso to Vernazza via sanctuaries

Posted on 21 November 2016, in Blog

This route for moderately experienced hikers, starts from Piazza Garibaldi, located in the heart of the old town of Monterosso, from where we head towards Fegina, along the beautiful waterfront of the village which is the most populated of the Cinque Terre.

From Fegina, trough SVA uphill path, you may reach the headland of Punta Mesco that closes the Gulf of the Cinque Terre and from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of all five villages.
Then take the path n. 591 with various ups and downs that leads to Colle di Gritta which stands at 330 meters above sea level and then along a stretch of paved road indicating Monterosso. On the left of the road you get to take the path n. 509 to the beautiful medieval shrine of Our Lady of Soviore, considered one of the oldest places of worship in Liguria, as stated already in a document dating back to 1244. (more…)

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Harvest 2016: excellent quality!

Posted on 13 October 2016, in Blog

This year the harvest of  "Il Vigneto”  has been excellent in terms of quality, whereas production was lower compared to 2015.

Thanks to the three months of sunny weather with no rain and humidity, since the end of June through September, the grapes reached the perfect ripeness. In fact, this year we were able to pick up and put to dry a good amount of grapes destined to Sciacchetrà.

During the first two days we proceeded to the collection and transportation of the grapes in the family cellar using the "mythical" monorails that allowed us to carry wicker baskets, called "corbe", filled with grapes, from the most distant terraces until the carriage road.
The third and fourth days were dedicated to the processing of the grapes in our family winery called  "Il Torchio",  whose stone walls carved into rocks, have been repeating the wine making process for about a century. (more…)

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The path n. 530 – From Volastra to Telegrafo

Posted on 3 May 2016, in Blog

In the network of paths of Cinque Terre, the stretch of the so-called path of the Sanctuaries has been included by using n. 530. It is mostly dirt road that from Volastra leads to the Telegrafo, passing by the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero.
The road was built in the 50s to connect La Spezia with the then isolated Cinque Terre and in the 70s after the construction of the coastal road, this old road was abandoned giving place to a relaxing location in the Mediterranean bush where the surroundings are mostly flat and access to vehicles is restricted to the owners of the land adjacent to the road.
From Volastra there is a short stretch of paved road up to the local cemetery, then on foot you may follow the dirt road that in two hours leads to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero and then in 40 minutes you may climb till the hill of the Telegraph which stands at 513 m. above sea level, where you may find a bar/restaurant. From here, you can follow onto the High Way of the Cinque Terre, that in approximately 3 hours leads to Portovenere, passing by the village of Campiglia in a stretch of uncontaminated nature with unique views. (more…)


Path n. 507 from San Bernardino to Vernazza

Posted on 11 December 2015, in Blog

From the village of San Bernardino, sanctuary of Corniglia, you may reach Vernazza through the beautiful path n. 507, all with sea view, in about 30-40 minutes.
San Bernardino, located at 385 meters above sea level, consists of a small inhabited that gathers around the sanctuary of Nostra Signora delle Grazie whose celebration is on September 8. San Bernardino is on the route that links all the sanctuaries of the Cinque Terre and it is accessible in about 40 minutes by car from La Spezia to Manarola following the road 370 and then from Manarola taking the road 51. The other possibility is to go by train to Vernazza and then climb to the village using the shuttle buses of the National Park. (more…)

Corbe su Manarola

Harvest 2015: the perfect season!

Posted on 2 October 2015, in Blog

This year the harvest has been the final act of a particularly favorable season for the vines, thanks to the exceptional temperatures reached during the summer associated with lack of rainfall which allowed a perfect ripening of the grapes, even in those areas not well exposed to sunlight.

So finally this year we were able to put to dry out in the sun on our terrace a good amount of grapes destined to the production of Sciacchetrà, given that in the last two years we were not able to produce even a bottle because of excessive rainfall that ruined the precious grapes. If the odds will be respected, in about three years (period necessary for its refinement) the 2015 Sciacchetrà  will be one of the best of the long wine history of the Cinque Terre. (more…)

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The path Volastra-Riomaggiore via Groppo-Costa Corniolo (n. 532C / n. 531)

Posted on 1 September 2015, in Blog

The path in question is the only way to reach directly Riomaggiore starting from Volastra, without going through Manarola, considering the prolonged closure of the stretch of the Blue Trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore, better known worldwide as the "Via dell’Amore".

The path starts right in Volastra, in the lower part of the village, where once stood the stables that gave rest to the horses of the pilgrims who were travelling along via Romea. In fact "Vicus Oleaster" (Volastra in latin language) was considered a staging post for changing horses since Roman times. (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…)


Recovery of agricultural terraces in the Cinque Terre area

Posted on 18 April 2015, in Blog

With the beginning of the touristic season the recovery of the two most intensively cultivated hills in our area have been completed. These two hills are the Costa della Posa e Valle dei Pozzi, where in the early eighties were installed the first two monorails of Cinque Terre.

They are two beautiful hills that form a natural amphitheater characterized by the famous agricultural terraces of the Cinque Terre supported by hundreds of stone walls that have been built to support this steep land that from a height of about 400 meters slops down to the sea.                               

The recovery has been made on part of the 586 trail that from Volastra reaches Case Pianca and continues down to Corniglia on the 587 trail. (more…)


Dry stone walls and new vines

Posted on 17 February 2015, in Blog

Also this year, due to the autumn heavy rains, some of the stone walls that support our vineyards have collapsed. Therefore their reconstruction is now necessary and it will take a big job and a huge effort to carry on the spot the new stones, using the monorails of the Cantina 5 Terre, and then to place them, using the ancient technique coming from past generations.
One of the walls that has collapsed last autumn is particularly high and it caused the fall of a large volume of earth that must be now removed to the upper level by using the legendary “Cavagnola”, (small wicker basket woven by hand) which will be filled with earth or stones of small and medium size (“the recausi”), fundamental elements for the proper drainage of rainwater. (more…)

Torchio e Dalzo

Harvest 2014

Posted on 13 November 2014, in Blog

This year’s harvest took place earlier than in past years, because of the excessive summer rainfall that caused considerable problems in the maturation of the cluster and even the decay of the same.
Due to the above-mentioned causes this year the grapes had a low sugar content and high acidity of the grape, whereas the amount was higher than last year.
As usual the majority of the grapes was given to the Social Cooperative of Groppo, while 1.5 tons were taken to our wine cellar “Il Torchio” where we vinified for the first time after its renewal. (more…)