martedì 31 gennaio 2012


Itineraries of the Region Emilia-Romagna


This itinerary is entirely dedicated to the green plains of the Piacenza valleys, to discover an area that for an oenological level stands out primarily for a certain production with a designation of controlled origin: the Gutturnio. We start from the provincial capital of Piacenza and then move westwards towards Borgonovo Val Tidone and Ziano, before steering to the east and exploring towns such as Vigolzone, Ponte dell'Olio, Vernasca, Castell'Arquato and Carpaneto Piacentino, where our run stops.

How to reach it: from Milan and Parma A1 Highway exit: Piacenza nord; from Cremona A21 Highway exit: Piacenza Est.
Situated between Parma and Milan, Piacenza is an art city with a first level artistic heritage, because of its long history that characterizes it. It's a city full of noble palaces embellished by beautiful gardens. Therefore should be visited, Mulazzani Palace and Mandelli Palace, Landi Palace and Scotti di Sarnato Palace and, of course the inevitable Farnese Palace and the Town Hall Palace, also known as the Gothic. At this point we are in the Square of the Horses, in the city heart. There are also many churches that deserve a visit, in the first place the twelfth century Dome, but also the Gothic Church of San Francesco and St. Augustine Basilica with its octagonal tower.

In half an hour by car from Piacenza we arrive in Borgonovo Val Tidone, town founded back in 1196. As soon as we arrive we get hit by a massive fortress in a strategic position and, in the old village should be visited The Collegiata, Tedeschi Palace, Villa Calciati and the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Wineries to visit:

Tenuta Pernice Maria Poggi Azzali
Loc. Pernice di Castelnovo - 29010 BORGONOVO VAL TIDONE - Tel: +39 0523 860050 Fax: +39 0523 860050 Web: Email:

It's situated on Val Tidone hills, where lie the vineyards estates of Pernice, Raballa, Gerre, Collinetta, Gabà, Scuole, that act as a splendid frame to the company, which has modern facilities accompanied by attractive wooden barrels. For the tasting sessions is reserved a panoramic terrace room. Winery visits: Monday - Friday 9.00 am – 12.00 pm / 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm; Saturday, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm; first Sunday of each month, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Ziano is a medieval origins town, whose district lies on seven hills in the province of Piacenza. The Tourism related to this site is mainly food and wine tourism, but there are also places of great interest. A hills tour let us admire the several castles that mark the profiles, while in town must be visited the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, which houses the masterpiece of the Ascension by Ulisse Sartini. A full calendar of events enrich this town life: from the event "a walk in the vineyards" on May Sundays to the traditional "grape festival" in early September with a floats parade related to wine and its production and, booths where it's possible to taste local products.

Winery to visit:

F.lli Piacentini
Via Strada Vecchia, 9/B - 29010 ZIANO PIACENTINO - Tel: +39 0523 863259 Fax: +39 0523 847021 Email:

It's in Val Tidone, the westernmost of Piacenza valleys, rich in ancient ruins steeped in history, well-preserved fortresses and castles. Now in its fifth generation, the ancient winemaking tradition of the company is expressed in a typical production of Piacenza area, preferring lively wines. Winery visits: daily, 8.30 am- 12.30 pm / 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm, by reservation

Located at the beginning of high Valnure, Vigolzone is in a countryside rich in vineyards on the hills. The beautiful green landscape acts as a frame to a town where you can visit a very impressive castle, built in the fourteenth century and still in good condition.
Cantine da visitare:

Az. Agr. Uccellaia
Via Uccellaia, 80 29020 VIGOLZONE - Tel: +39 0523 870298 Fax: +39 02 76313975

The Uccellaia farm is located on the hills above Vigolzone and can be reached through chestnut and acacia woods. The sight that welcomes those who come here is wonderful: meadows, woods and vineyards, of course, but perfectly integrated with the surrounding countryside. The town probably takes its name from the fact that it was a hunting reserve in the past. Winery visits: by appointment
Azienda Vitivinicola Villa Peyrano
Loc. Albarola - 29020 VIGOLZONE - Tel: +39 0523 875146 Fax: +39 0523 876155 Email:

The company at the center of a particularly suited wine region, officially produces wine since 1830, but its history trespasses in the previous centuries. Born around 1600 as a Jesuit monastery, the villa at the end of the following century it was bought by the Peyranos, one of the most prominent families of the Genoese nobility. It was the great-grandfather Andrea to take the initiative of viticulture and winemaking, then continued by the grandfather Luigi. In the ancient wineries, you can admire the vast collection of aging barrels, on some of which are engraved with fire nineteenth-century dates. 
Winery visits: daily

The next stop is Ponte dell'Olio, a Roman origin small town, which has developed around Vittorio Veneto street, in the area called "Il Borgo". This road connects the two town churches, the St. James and St. Rocco Churches. Here should be visited the Castle of Riva, which is located to the south end of the town and, San Bono Palace
Wineries to visit:

Azienda Agricola I Perinelli
Loc. I Perinelli 29028 PONTE DELL'OLIO - Tel: +39 347 7683152 Web:

Intuition, glance and environmental awareness have allowed the family Sguazzi to immediately understand the great potential of the terroir and the position of "I PERINELLI". As evidence of the high wine vocation, the great wine press of the 500 a.c. perfectly preserved, unique in size and features now symbol of the company. The lucky encounter with Paolo, Stefano and Massimo Perini has combined experience intuition, technical knowledge and capacity for innovation. Winery visits: by appointment

Once in Vernasca you can visit the ruins of the Romanesque Parish Church of St. Colombano  that consist in the apse and the bell tower dating from the twelfth century, and testimony of the original nature of town. At the Museum Centro Visita Provinciale della Via Francigena is also possible to admire the exhibits concerning the piacentine route of the pilgrimage path towards Rome, and several important paintings including the Madonna Crowned one.
Cantine da visitare:
Azienda Agricola Lusignani Alberto
loc. Case Orsi, 9 , Loc. Vigoleno - 29010 VERNASCA - Tel: +39 0523 895178 Fax: +39 0523 895178 Email:

In the 50s it was a hilly small reality of mixed production of cereals, vines and forage. Since the mid-70s has gradually been favored the wine industry, turning each of the cultivations in vineyards and acquiring more land on which new installations have been made. The company, family owned, is run today by the young Marco, grandson of founder Alberto, assisted by his parents and grandfather. The position is particular, along the curves of the road through the hills of Vigoleno, the ancient fortified medieval village. Winery visits: by appointment


Next stop is Castell'Arquato, a pleasant medieval origin village that is characterized by a remarkable artistic heritage located on the foothills of the Val D'Arda. Here the old town, which runs along the left bank of the torrent Arda, respects the typical structures of the medieval villages, and is characterized by the massive Fortress that dominates it. Right here we can start our visit and we don't have to miss the Collegiate's church, dating from the twelfth century, the Podestà Palace, and the Duca one, the Stone Door the Vigolo Marchese Baptistery. The cultural life of the village during the year is marked by many events and manifestations, some concerning food and wine. This is the case of the Feast of the Holy Cross in late September and the Chestnut Festival, held in early October that coincide with the exhibition of vintage tractors.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Cardinali
Loc. Montepascolo - 29014 CASTELL'ARQUATO - Tel: +39 0523 803502 Fax: +39 0523 803502 Email:

Lyrics from the eighteenth century attest the origin of the Cardinali family on the hills between Parma and Piacenza. Eager to find refuge from the chaotic and gray life of the northern Europe metropolis, in 1973 Giulio Cardinali decided to rediscover its origin valleys and returned in Castell'Arquato, he purchased the small vineyard estate near the enchanting medieval town, with the idea of leading a country life. Thus he began to undertake studies on the vine, and gradually he got committed in viticulture. His footsteps will be followed by his children Laura and Alberto who, since 1997, have been dealing with the company. Winery visits: daily, by appointment

Azienda Vitivinicola Pusterla

Fraz.Vigolo Marchese , Loc. Pusterla - 29010 CASTELL'ARQUATO - Tel: +39 0523 896105 Fax: +39 0523 Email:

The company takes its name from the family that, at the time of the Farnese Duchy, had a fortified court, built on the ruins of a Pallavicinan origin castle, built in its turn on the ruins of a late Roman settlement. The wine is now the main estate product. Winery visits: daily, by appointment

The itinerary last stop is Carpaneto Piacentino, a village that dates back to Roman times, from its territory we had many archaeological finds. Distinguished by a beautiful eleventh century castle, the  Carpaneto neighborhood offers many other things to see: the War Memorial, Church of Cimafava and the Rezzano Mill. The first Sunday of September in part is held the exhibition of the Coppa Festival, which promotes the Piacentine Cup, a typical salami DOP of the area. Instead, on the last Sunday of April  there is an important wine event: in fact during the Spring Fair at Douglas Scotti Palace is held the Gutturnio Festival, where you can find all the wines from Piacenza territory.
Wineries to visit:

Azienda Agricola Montesissa Francesco

Via Buffalora, 91 , Loc. Rezzano - 29013 CARPANETO PIACENTINO - Tel: +39 0523 850123 Fax: +39 0523 852096 Email:

IN Val Chero, a few kilometers from the medieval village of Castell'Arquato and from Veleia Romana, in the territory of Travazzano, in the heart of a hilly area that smells of hay and must, by the late 1800 a.c. the Montesissa family were already cultivating vineyards in Buffalora, Case Ronchi and the Costa  areas. The name Montesissa has been related to the world of viticulture for five generations, a century-old tradition that has evolved gaining a deserved role in the sector. The environment respect  and the great sensibility used in manual labor as pruning and harvesting, enhance the quality of produced grapes. Winery visits: daily  9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m., by reservation

Where to eat:
F.lli Piacentini
Via Strada Vecchia, 9/B - 29010 ZIANO PIACENTINO - Tel: +39 0523 863259 Fax: +39 0523 847021 Email:

F.lli Piacentini: 
Via Strada Vecchia, 9/B - 29010 ZIANO PIACENTINO - Tel: +39 0523 863259 Fax: +39 0523 847021 Email:


IN THE REALM OF LAMBRUSCO AND TRADITIONAL BALSAMIC VINEGARIn this journey we travel in the realm of traditional balsamic vinegar. We move therefore in the two production historical provinces, starting from Modena with the towns of Ravarino, Savignano sul Panaro and Serramazzoni to then move towards Reggio Emilia and visit the Scandiano, Quattro Castella, Montecchio and Sant'Ilario d'Enza wineries.

Let's start our journey from here, from a village characterized by a long history where the time was marked by long periods of powers and domination of this plain. Here, the man left traces of his uninterrupted permanence from prehistoric times to the Roman era. Already in the thirteenth century Ravarino, also called Borgo Franco and Old Vegetable Garden, was Municipality. The main feature of Ravarino was the Paviera (marsh grass) working in the tote bags  and mats making up.
The activity, documented since the middle of the fourteenth century, from the nineteenth century until a few decades ago, has been a source of trade with foreign countries, especially with Germany and with England. The rural tradition which its gastronomic culture comes from means that most of the dishes is made from meat processing and poultry or stable animals derived products. The countryside also highly cultivated with vineyards and orchards, gives rise to the local typicalities: Lambrusco (of Sorbara), Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, traditional balsamic vinegar.
Wineries to visit:
Cantina Vini CasolariVini Casolari Cav. Ufficiale Primo Via Vandini , Loc. Frazione Rami 41017 RAVARINO - (MO)
Tel: +39 059 900138 Fax: +39 059 900138 Email: Web:
The Casolari Primo Cav. Official Winery, was founded in 1600 with the production of exceptional wines such as Lambrusco. Now the Casolari family and sons lead the company with passion and love rewarded by great quality results. The family Casolari still gathers the grapes by hand, avoiding the use of harvesting machines, to have an even more quality wine from the grapes, they vinify the grape, provide bottling and bottles labeling following the entire production phases to guarantee superb quality  product. Winery visits by reservation.
SAVIGNANO SUL PANAROA few kilometers from Modena, in a Northern Apennines medieval village with strong agricultural vocation, orchards and vineyards create a beautiful landscape. Here the clay and marly ground creates the strange badlands phenomenon, sharp bare slopes devoid of vegetation. Let's go to see the Castle from the eleventh century and characterized by a stone tower, and the parish church, also from the eleventh century, that houses some frescoes by Pietro Vilo and paintings by Celeste and Angelo Bergamini. Nearby the village there are two important regional parks: the Stones of Roccomalatina one and the Abbey of Monteveglio one. During the year are indicated two interesting wine events: in March “Amor di Vino Nuovo”, in October “Amor di Vino”.
Wineries to visit
I Monticelli 
Via Mombrina, 17 , Loc. Fraz. Mulino 41056 SAVIGNANO SUL PANARO - Tel: +39 059 732031 Fax: +39 059 732031 
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The company is located on the hills of Savignano sul Panaro and enjoys a beautiful view towards the side of Bologna and Modena. The owner passion and professionalism mean that the offered wines are processed with modern methods, but in accordance with tastes and flavors of the past. Thanks to its panoramic position the company is often included in itineraries such as walking up to the hills of Bologna or along the "path of the oaks ', the striking path that leads right to the company. In the farm it's possible to visit a huge old oak tree regional ancient monument. Winery visits: daily, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm / 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm, by reservation
It's time to concentrate in Reggio Emilia province, and as our first stop we choose Scandiano, the most populous territory after the chief town, characterized by an artistic and cultural heritage of the most interesting in the region. We start with a visit to the St. Mary Parish church, built in the fifteenth century, and rich in paintings that adorn the interior walls. Then we move to the Civic or also said the Clock Tower, that once was the gateway to the ancient town. Next step: the beautiful house Spallanzani, which has baroque elements and an inside plant of the sixteenth century. Before moving into the usual winery visits we go to visit the Castle of the fourteenth century (1315), which through the centuries has been the symbol of Scandiano power and in which you can see at the same time, architectural structures of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Cantine da visitare:
Azienda Agricola Ferioli Marco – Tenuta di Aljano - 
Via Figno, 1 , Loc. Jano 42019 SCANDIANO - Tel: +39 059 981193 Fax: +39 059 848847 Web: 
The Estate of Aljano has its roots in the distant Middle Ages, situated on the rolling hills of Reggio Emilia between 150 and 300 meters above sea level, here the vine and wine passion is an ancient art. Walking from the slopes towards the ancient village of Figno we meet the ancient vineyards of Spergola and the young vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vines management according to the biodynamic principles gives the grapes an aromatic complexity, bringing then our terroir features to the wine. Winery visits: by appointment

Cantina Arceto 
Via 11 Settembre 2001, 3 - 42019 SCANDIANO - Tel: +39 0522 989107 Fax: +39 0522 980637 
In Arceto, small town embellished by it's ancient medieval castle where it's the homonymous winery, which for over 70 years has been continuing to express what the land is able to offer each season, in full respect of tradition. The modern structure is situated along the ring road of the Reggio Emilia territory's town, easily accessible from the main roads of the province. Today the Winery of Arceto has 387 members for a total of 90,000 quintals conferred. The vineyard area conferring to the winery is of 675 hectares, and the territories where they grow are from Scandiano, Casalgrande and Albinea, that is the province of Reggio Emilia hills and piedmont hills. Winery visits: by appointment
Casali Viticultori 
Via delle Scuole, 7 , Loc. Pratissolo - 42019 SCANDIANO - Tel: +39 0522 855441 Fax: +39 0522 984092 Web: Email:
The link between the Casali family and the wine is old. Giuseppe, the grandfather in 1900 enriched the vineyards activity with the winery work, in the splendid Albinea and Scandiano hilly frame. Today, among the primary goals is the enhancement of the Scandiano and Canossa hilly area indigenous grapes. Winery visits: Monday - Friday, 8.00 am – 12.00 pm / 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Next stop is in Quattro Castella, a town that is located on the first Apennines of Reggio Emilia area, in a particular geographical context: here four contiguous hills mark its territory. On their tops once there were as many castles, the Montevecchio,the Montelucio, the Montezane and the Bianello ones. This last has been preserved in all its splendor, being still nowadays a residence castle.

Wineries to visit:
Bertolani Alfredo srl
Via Pedemontana, 10
42019- Scandiano
Tel. +39 0522 857577  Fax +39 0522 984476
 Tel: +39 0522 857577 
Fax: +39 0522 984476  
Azienda Agricola Venturini Baldini 
Via Turati, 42 , Loc. Roncolo - 42020 QUATTRO CASTELLA - Tel: +39 0522 249011 Fax: +39 0522 888141 
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The 150 hectares of land are occupied for a third by vineyards and for the remaining part by a park, where the mild and dry microclimate and, the sun exposure contribute to the exaltation of the products quality. The wine production is accompanied by the traditional balsamic vinegar of Reggio Emilia. The vinegar factory has belonged to the family for four generations. Since 1994 the company has certified the organic agriculture system (Codex).  After the ISO 14001 certification, in 2003 obtained the environmental quality registration EMAS. Winery visits: daily, by appointment

Heading towards Parma along the way we meet Montecchio Emilia and its medieval origin defensive walls. There are many things that we can visit here, starting from the eleventh century castle, recently restored that houses the Municipal Library and an Art Gallery. From the top of the tower, 35 meters high, we can enjoy a beautiful panorama over the whole town. Then should be seen the Town Hall of 1577, Vicedomini-Cavezzi Palace and the Carolingian Burial.
Wineries to be seen:
Tenuta La Piccola 
Via Casoni, 3 - 42027 MONTECCHIO EMILIA - Tel: +39 0522 864712 - +39 335 5751353 Fax: +39 0522 864712 
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In a well maintained company framework, at the beginning of each row there is a rose, synonymous with refinement, but also organic phytoindicator. Here is situated the estate that houses tasting rooms in extremely elegant rural environments, with suggestive light games and aging rooms, with French oak barriques. Winery visits: Monday - Saturday, 8.30 am- 12.30 pm / 2.00 pm- 6.30 pm; Sunday reservation.
The last stop of our journey into the world of Lambrusco and traditional balsamic vinegar is Sant'Ilario d'Enza. We are in a town that has its roots in history. There are numerous archaeological finds of Roman origin. We visit the churches of Santa Eulaia and Santa Margherita before moving on to the last winery of the rout.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Moro di Rinaldini Paola 
Via Andrea Rivasi, 27 , Loc. Calerno - 42040 SANT'ILARIO D'ENZA - Tel: +39 0522 679190 Fax: +39 0522 679964 
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Along the private road entrance, between the low regular rows, we arrive at the heart of the company where you will find a small house from 1884, expanded over the years and equipped with underground wine cellars. In the old stable has been installed a small museum and a permanent wine tasting counter. The company, a family business, has started making wine in the late '60s, demonstrating in  few years how to save old vines doomed to extinction and experimenting with the indigenous grapes ancient but innovative winemaking practices. Winery visits: by appointment

Where to eat:

Azienda Agricola Venturini Baldini 
Via Turati, 42 , Loc. Roncolo - 42020 QUATTRO CASTELLA - Tel: +39 0522 249011 Fax: +39 0522 888141 
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Villaboni di Boni Luigi & C. 
Via San Rocco, 1185 , Loc. Pazzano - 41028 SERRAMAZZONI - Tel: +39 0536 952338 Fax: +39 0536 937500 Web: Email:


The Itinerary has as starting point Imola, and passes through Dozza Imolese, Pianoro Casalecchio di Reno, Zola Pedrosa, Monte San Pietro and Castello di Serravalle to arrive far to Monteveglio.
Highway A14 - exit: Imola, home of the circuit dedicated to Enzo and Dino Ferrari, ancient Roman colony Forum Cornelii, founded in the second century BC, contains several monuments that recall the story. The city tour starts from the Sforza Castle of the thirteenth century, one of the finest examples of military architecture, characterized by a square plan with four corner towers, now site of an antique weapons collection and medieval ceramics. Leaving the castle, we enter Via Emilia, the main street lined with beautiful noble palaces such as Palazzo Machirelli and Benvenuto Rambaldi's house. Not far away is the Scartabelli Museum and the Municipal Theatre. Imola is also characterized by the presence of several historic churches: the Cathedral of San Cassiano Martire, the Blessed Virgin of Piratello Sanctuary, the Church of St. Agatha and St. Augustine's Church. A final must is, of course, the Wine Museum, housed in Palazzo Tozzoni cellars and open on Saturday and Sunday.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Giovannini 
Via Punta, 82 Loc. Ponticelli – 40026 Imola - Tel: +39 0542 684122 Fax: +39 0542 684122 Web: Email:
 Giovannini company was born on the gentle slopes of Imola area in the mid 60s. In this land of encounter between Emilia and Romagna, which has always been synonymous with generous conviviality and sincere devotion to the cult of Bacchus, the founder of the family, Garibaldo Giovannini began a passion that still, after fifty years, revived unchanged in his son Giorgio and his grandson Jacopo. New fermentation techniques adoption, the best materials choice for the vinification and, especially, the vines health care demonstrate the attention which the company is aimed at the sector with, strong of his inherited precious experience and the cooperation given by Dr. Francesco Marchi, estimated agronomist and oenologist. From vine growing to aging in bottles, kept in a tunnel built inside the hill, Giovannini wine rises to the result of the achieved balance between the attention for the new and the continuity with the past, in the unchanged passion for a job handed down for generations. Winery visits: always
Fattoria del Monticino Rosso 
Via Montecatone 7 – 40026 Imola - Tel: +39 0542 40577 Fax: +39 0542 40577 Web: Email:
Monticino Rosso Farm is located on the hills of Imola, in the Emilia Romagna area that forms the cultural boundary between the western part sparkling wines, the East part still wines and the beginning of Sangiovese cultivation. The farm consists of two ancient estates, on which there are two typical and ancient manor houses, painted and embellished with parks that preserve magnificent examples of secular plants. Today the family Zeoli is implementing an agrarian transformation, to bring the production to high quality in respect of the soil and climate. Wine tours: by appointment

Left Imola, after few kilometers, we run into Dozza, a small medieval village full of charm and history stretched on hillside almost entirely covered with vineyards. Here in the fortress underground, is situated the Regional Wine Shop, which exposes, ready for tasting and purchase, more than 800 labels of producers in the region.
Wineries to visit:Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna 
Rocca Sforzesca , Loc. Dozza - 40050 Dozza Imolese - Tel: +39 0542 678089 Fax:+39 0542 678073 Web: Email:
 The Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna was born in 1970 on the initiative of the Municipality of Dozza, the Pro Loco and some local producers, with the participation of public organizations of the Province of Bologna interested in wine. The same location choice was not accidental. Dozza, in fact, binds its own historical roots in the wine and enjoys an excellent location because it marks almost the border between Emilia and Romagna. The Rocca, a beautiful example of fortress of the thirteenth century, is today a popular destination for tourism thanks to the Wine Shop, which completely occupies the old cellars and the ground floor. Winery visits: Tuesday - Friday, 9.30 am - 1.00 pm / 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm / 3.00 pm – 7.00 pm
In the Apennines, in the south-east of Bologna, along the Futa road towards Florence is Pianoro. Here the land is divided along two distinct valleys located on the Zena and Savena torrents. On the highest point of the town, 638 meters high, stands the Monte delle Formiche “Mount of Ants” with the typical sanctuary of Santa Maria di Zena. In the town Pianoro Vecchia is interesting to visit the Church of S. Giacomo Maggiore, a building renovated in the eighteenth century, together with a pilgrims "hosptal" of which we have news since the twelfth century.
Wineries to visit:
Podere Riosto 
Via di Riosto 12 – 40065 Pianoro - Tel: +39 051 777109 Fax: +39 051 6527450 Web:
 The company is a piece of ancient history at Bologna gates, where wooded hills with oaks and cypress trees border the vineyards and Riosto ruins. On these hills the viticulture origin is very old and the wines were very well known already during the Pope. Winery visits: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm / 2.00 pm- 5.30 pm. Saturdays, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Casalecchio is located in a geographically happy position, with its territory partly flat, partly composed of several hills with different slopes not exceeding 400 meters, and divided in two parts by the River Reno. In the heart of the medieval town worth a visit Church of San Martino, that has on its side a small road that leads up to the Parco della Chiusa, consisting of the estate of the Marquis Sampieri Talon remains, these, starting from the seventeenth century, built villas and park in their land. Since 1975, the park is public property and opened to the public, and even though time and history have had a profound impact, you can still imagine the splendor of the ancient nobility.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Tizzano 
Via Marescalchi 13 – 40033 Casalecchio di Reno - Tel: +39 051 571208 Fax: +39 051 577665 Email: 
In the center of a large park is located Villa Marescalchi, for centuries residence of the noble family in Bologna. It was thanks to the close relationship that bounded the Marescalchis to France that, in the last century in Tizzano were tested French vines and set up wineries for storage and aging. Winery visits: Monday - Friday, 8.00 am - 12.00 pm/ 1.30 pm- 4.30 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

In few kilometers we arrive in Zola Pedrosa, whose territory extends along Via Bazzanese, the ancient Roman Via Claudia. In these places the human settlement is attested by many important archaeological finds already from the Bronze Age. In Zola Pedrosa there are many visits to do: from Villas and Palaces (Villa Quattro Torri, Villa Balzani, Palazzo Bentivoglio Pepoli, Palazzo Stella, Torre delle Tombe), to the Church of S. Nicolò and Agata up to the Cultural Center and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Ca 'La Ghironda.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Gaggioli Maria Letizia 
Via Raibolini 55 – 40069 Zola Pedrosa - Tel: +39 051 753489 - +39 051 750534 Fax: +39 051 753489 Web: Email:
The farm is situated on the rolling hills of Zola Predosa located to the south of Via Emilia and to the west of Bologna. Since 1960, the company has owned by the family Gaggioli, that in 1979, renewed the vineyards and in 1993 opened a new and modern winery. The wine is made in the vineyard and in compliance with this philosophy, the company takes grapes from its owned vineyards exclusively. The grassing and the integrated pest management by the use of harmless protections and, the use of modern machines are further guarantees for a quality production. Winery visits: by appointment.
Cantina Lodi Corazza 
Via Risorgimento 223 , Loc. Ponte Ronca – 40069 Zola Pedrosa - Tel: +39 051 756805 Fax: +39 051 756805 Web: Email:
 The family with years of work has decided to create an atmosphere for " wine travelers", where culture, tradition, innovation and respect for the environment are adequately mixed. Thus were born the wines, result of the time knowledge, the daily care and love for the land. Winery visits: Tuesday to Sunday, by reservation
Santa Caterina 
Via Risorgimento 209 – 40069 Zola Pedrosa - Tel: +39 051 756888 Fax: +39 051 756888 Web: Email:
 The company is owned by Lodi family from the mid of nineteenth century, it's now managed by Laura Lodi and Giancarlo Bernardi who, with passion, produce grapes and Colli Bolognesi DOC wines, with the best of production techniques in respect of the traditions. The company is located on a land suited to viticulture, at the foot of the hill with an excellent exposure. The grapes are processed in the company winery, using the latest equipment. The company's most distinctive grape variety is Sauvignon planted in 1948. Winery visits: daily, by reservation. 
Vigneto delle Terre Rosse Enrico Vallania 
Via Predosa 83 – 40069 Zola Pedrosa - Tel: +39 051 755845 - 759649 Fax: +39 051 6187210 Web: Email:
 In summer looking at this iron-rich land, with alternating clay veins and limestone patches, the hill is painted with red tones. This is where Terre Rosse vineyard is located, ownership of Vallanas since 1961, when, inherited the estate, the family has chosen to dedicate themselves to vine cultivation. Winery visits: by appointment.
Via Bertoloni, 14- 16
40069- Zola Pedrosa
Tel. +39 051 751491- +39 335 7442080
Fax +39 051751491 
Days and hours: daily, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, preferably with prior notice. Directions: asse attrezzato Nuova Bazzanese ( exit A1 Bologna Casalecchio and Tangenziale, 6 minutes). 15 minutes from downtown Bologna, in a dominant position over the vineyards (arranged radially from the center of the farm), in the Colli Bolognesi. It discovers Bologna, the Po Valley way to the Alps on clear days. Winery equipped with the latest technologies, which respect grapes and wine. The rooms of the original part, perfectly preserved, with exposed brick walls and floors, have been destined for wine aging.
Established by the Lombards around the Lavino river basin, Monte San Pietro has a valuable complex of Romanesque buildings, called The Abbey, during the Middle Ages home to the Abbey of Saints Fabiano and Sebastiano. The complex is located next to an ancient accommodation point for pilgrims heading for Rome and is an obligatory stop in a Benedictine Abbeys of Bologna path. This is a group of buildings, some civilian target like the tower, and others of clearly religious origin, such as the church, the monastery and the cloister, with a predominantly Romanesque architecture imprint. Be noted that every year around the end of August the town hosts the Festival of the Colli Bolognesi's wine.
Wineries to visit:

Azienda Agricola Isola 
Via Bernardi 3 – 40050 Monte San Pietro - Tel: +39 051 6768428 Fax: +39 051 6768309
  The company is located on the hills of Mongiorgio, in Colli Bolognesi heart. Marco Franceschini has involved in his passion the entire family, working especially with his son Gian Luca. Love for quality oenology has raised the selection line, particularly cared in vineyard wines with winter pruning, designed to obtain low yields per plant and thinning after the veraison period. Winery tours: Saturday and Sunday, 8.00 am – 12.00 pm
Tenuta Bonzara 
Via San Chierlo 37/A – 40050 Monte San Pietro - Tel: +39 051 6768324 Fax: +39 051 225772 Web: Email:
Example of wine-tourism culture, Tenuta Bonzara is the emblem of the passion and commitment that Angelo Lambertini, founder of the company in 1963, transferred to his son Francesco. Inspired by the same enthusiasm, this has invested in quality over the past decade by operating on vineyards and winery, which offers a splendid view. Winery visits: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm / 1.30 pm – 5.30 pm; other hours and Sundays by appointment
Located on the border with Modena province, it's a small village that stands on top of a hill from where you can enjoy a beautiful view. The town takes its name from the castle, which now houses the Town Hall, dating from the late eleventh century and which is a national monument. The territory of Castello di Serravalle is still full of tower-houses and small villages that make the hilly landscape particularly attractive. Be noted that Castello di Serravalle houses the Hill and the Wine Ecomuseum, set up in the old Captain's House of the Mountain in Serravalle, a thirteenth century building, specially restored.
Wineries to visit:
Azienda Agricola Beghelli Giuseppe 
Via Castello 2257 – 40050 Castello di Serravalle - Tel: +39 051 6704786 Fax: +39 051 6704786 Web: Email:
 The company is located in an isolated purely agricultural and panoramic area, surrounded by vineyards, orchards, woods and pastures and, it extends for 13 hectares. Winery visits: by appointment

Fattorie Vallona 
Sant’Andrea n.203 angolo via cantagallo , Loc. Fagnano – 40050 Castello di Serravalle - Tel: +39 051 6703058 Fax: +39 051 6703333 Email:
  The company is currently composed of four separate estates, Lamezzi in the town of Monte San Pietro area, Cà'di Roda, Ca'Novina and Casetta in Castello di Serravalle, the main building where is the winery. The aspect of the estates has considerably changed since the beginning of the activity, when it grew mainly fruit, forage crops and eating grapes. The wine origins of Vallona family (with grandfather Silverio) date back to 1935, but the modern winery designed for commercial purposes was born in 1985, thanks to Maurizio, passionate winemaker, that makes a company created just for fun turn into one of the most beautiful realities of the valley. Winery visits: by appointment

Monteveglio, one of the towns of the province of Bologna, situated on the western hills, on Modena province threshold, was Etruscan and Roman, then Byzantine fortress. The location is composed of two distinct residential areas: the oldest, which includes all the monuments, is placed on top of a hill, while on the feet of it is the most recent settlement. The antique Monteveglio consists of a few houses, a famous abbey and a castle, which remained the portal, surmounted by a battlement with dovetail (so-called Ghibellines) merlons, in addition to the great embattled tower which defended the portal. From here you can enjoy a panorama that sweeps over the hills of the Apennines, on the valley of Samoggia and the Po Valley. Monteveglio In the seat of the Consorzio Vini Colli Bolognesi, protection and control institution of the rich DOC wine production zone.
Wineries to visit:

Azienda Agricola La Mancina 
Via Motta 8 , Loc. Montebudello – 40050 Monteveglio - Tel: +39 051 832691 Fax: +39 051 835441 Web: Email:
 Franco Zanetti today supported by his niece Francesca, is the founder of the company that extends over the hills on the border between Bologna and Modena. In the fields vineyards planted, that in recent years, has reached 36 hectares, mostly triumphs the native vine Pignoletto growing. Winery visits: daily, by reservation.

La Corte d’Aibo 
Via Marzatore 15 – 40050 Monteveglio - Tel: +39 051 832583 Fax: +39 051 832583 Web: Email: Corte d' Aibo is situated about 20 Km from Bologna in the heart of the "Parco regionale dell'Abbazia" (Abbey Regional Park) in Monteveglio. The lands called the Aibo is already mentioned in ancient writings of the early sixteenth century reporting how the Monastery of Monteveglio canons acquired several plots in the area called "alle vigne di d'Aibo" (at the vineyards of the Aibo) documenting such a remote vitivinicultural vocation of our estates. At the end of 80's, the lands were bought by young winemakers and began the long process of restructuring of already existing vineyards, the construction of new high density installations of vines, the construction of a modern vinification cellar, thus implementing a deep enhancement of this wonderful area. winery visits: by appointment
Cantina BonfigliVia Cassola, 21
40050- Monteveglio
Tel. +39 051830758  Fax +39 051830758 
Days and Hours: Monday - Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm / 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm; Saturday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Directions: A1 exit Modena, turn left towards Spilamberto and continue until you reach a T junction where you turn to 'Bonfiglio' is a historical winery in the Colli Bolognesi, with more than half a century of producing DOC wines made from grapes of hilly vineyards that emerged on lands that since the nineteenth century, the Counts Ranuzzi de Bianchi, noble family of Bologna, sensing the strong vocation of the company hilly red land rich in calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, as well as their pedoclimatic characteristics favorable for producing high quality wine, converted to wine production. Right for Bazzano, towards Bologna. Once in Muffa town turn towards Monteveglio. The annual production of Bonfiglio company is now stabilized at around sixty thousand bottles and in addition to the classic wines of the Colli Bolognesi are also produced wider bottles as the "Fresco & Rosso", a table wine that highlights the specific characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon, of Barbera and Merlot that make up the blend, and the "Barbarot" an IGT wine with predominant base Barbera grapes and the Merlot gives the proper completion. Among the recently achieved awards we include certificates of great value, especially for the Pignoletto Superiore and the Passito, both won several awards in past editions of the wines competition of Monteveglio Abbey and in the last editions of the Asti National Wine Competition Award "Douja D'Or".

Azienda Agricola Gaggioli Maria Letizia 
Via Raibolini 55 – 40069 Zola Pedrosa - Tel: +39 051 753489 - 051 750534 Fax: +39 051 753489 Web: Email:

Fattorie Vallona 
Sant’Andrea n.203 angolo via cantagallo , Loc. Fagnano – 40050 Castello di Serravalle - Tel: +39 051 6703058 Fax: +39 051 6703333 Email:

Tenuta Bonzara 
Via San Chierlo 37/A – 40050 Monte San Pietro - Tel: +39 051 6768324 Fax: +39 051 225772 Web:


Azienda Agricola Gaggioli Maria Letizia 
Via Raibolini 55 – 40069 Zola Pedrosa - Tel: +39 05

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