Ours is a five hectares wine farm extending through the two neighbouring municipalities of Bellegra and Olevano Romano. We started it in 2010 out of the desire to keep the land in Bellegra that had belonged to Piero’s parents and to his grandparents before them, and preserve its extraordinary plant and animal biodiversity. And it was born out of a dream — that of producing, in the Olevano Romano’s countryside, the Cesanese wine: the native red wine that best represents the Lazio region.
We practice biodynamic agriculture, enriching it with our original ideas drawn from researches and exchanges with others in the field. This means we do not use synthetic chemicals and strive to preserve and enhance our soil’s fertility through green manuring and biodynamic substances, so as to let plants express their specific qualities and obtain wines which, in our opinion, are not only well-rooted in the local land they originate from but are also extremely pleasant, digestible and fine to taste.
In Olevano Romano — and more precisely in the Colle Pazzo area, 300 mt. above sea level — we started two vineyards growing the grape variety called Cesanese di Affile or Cesanese piccolo. Each vineyard is planted on two different types of soil, one of a reddish volcanic nature and the other made of sandstone emerged from the Cretaceous period. We separately harvest the grapes per soil type and, once the refining process is over, we end up with three different Cesanese wines: two resulting from the grapes grown on each soil type, and the third being a blend of the two.
In the part of the land closest to a stream of the Aniene river, we have a vineyard of an experimental nature of white grapes, some of which have had a particular history in Lazio such as the Semillon and Malvasia Puntinata, others that constitute our novelty, such as Riesling renano and Chenin Blanc which give life to our white wines. Finally, in Bellegra, at an altitude of 700 meters, right where we live and we have a part of our cellar, we have recovered an ancient variety of grapes from the area called Rosciola, in a heroic vineyard on terraces with a few specimens of vines. The company is certified by the Organic Soil and Health Authority of Lazio. And we belong to the VinNatur Association of Veneto, the first to have created a production specification for so-called natural wines to which we adhere.
Two white wines: Emotiq Malvasia and Emotiq Riesling. A rosé wine: Tucuca. A sparkling wine: Divago. Four RED WINES DOC OLEVANO ROMANO CESANESE: Collepazzo, Collepazzo Riserva, Collepazzo Neccio and Collepazzo Càlitro.
As much as out in the vineyard, with our biodynamic practices, we wish to enhance the essential role of soil in yielding different grape varieties that reflect the different soil types at best, in the cellar we strive to express the full potential of an extremely simple equation: vineyard-plot-wine. This is why we believe that rather than selected yeasts one should only use native ones, brought into the cellar with the grapes: this means we make and refine our wine without additives of any kind, with the sole exception of a small quantity of sulphites. After softly pressing the grapes, we let them ferment and mature in concrete vats for two to three weeks, at no fixed temperature and carrying out daily pump-overs. Later, on the basis of the year’s assessment, we refine our wine in either concrete or steel vats or in big and small oak or chestnut barrels. That’s how our Cesanese wines come to life.
In 2013 we harvested for the first time the fruit of all our efforts to design and plant our Cesanese vineyards in Olevano Romano. A mixture of red and black volcanic soil and sandstone; 5000 stems per hectare, pruned à la Guyot. We had a rainy summer in 2013. This meant our grapes had to cope with a mildew attack, but they responded well — confirming how biodynamic soil management can improve the plants resistance capacity. And so we even ended up using less copper sprays than the minimum threshold set by organic winegrowing manuals. We manually harvested the grapes in several rounds, gradually bringing into the cellar only those grapes that had reached the right ripening. Two different wines, Collepazzo and Càlitro, resulted out of the process.
Once again, a rainy year. And a completely new threat to deal with: a polyphagous fly called Drosophila Suzuki. We harvested less grapes, but all very tasty. With 2014, our project enters into full gear: dividing our harvest by soil type. So for the first time, in 2014, we did not only select our grapes through gradual harvest rounds but we also separated the grapes grown on red soil from those grown on sandstone. Three different types of Cesanese will be our final result.
It was a good year, even though global climate change is a clear and obvious reality, we continue fighting to keep our soils alive and preserving the natural humus, a priceless component for us, for our wines and for the environment. We have a been a Biodynamic winery for five years now and our grapes are healthy and strong. We produced our first rosé wine, Tucuca, which has fermented two times inside used tonneaux and three other wines with Cesanese grapes, Collepazzo, Càlitro and Neccio and lastly a reserve wine the Collepazzo Riserve. We can’t wait until they are ready and sometimes when we are in the canteen we silently repeat to ourselves: “The soil, the soil, the soil, the soil and again the soil”, like Veronelli used to say.
A wonderfull vintage. Hot year but with the right rain. Lots of light in Colle Pazzo. The vines were strong and generose. Beautiful bunches in volcanic soil for the Cesanese Neccio.
A really difficult year. Atrocius heat and fires throughout Italy. We didn’t produce Càlitroo but fotunately we had our first white wine Emotiq (Malvasia Puntinata del Lazio and Riesling Renan). An orange wine. The vineyards are strong and healty and reveal their character in adversity. Thin and sharp wines like warriors after a battle.
Tropical vintage. Littlegrapes harvested. We have produced 4 wines: Collepazzo, Emotiq, Tucuca and a sparkling of Cesanese, called “Divago”. The novelty, an ancestral method to toast those who have the courage to live and change!
Excellent vintage of great balance in the vineyard, in Colle Pazzo. Similar to our 2015 vintage; in fact, as in that one, we have produced all our wines as well as the Riserva, with traditional method in italian chestnut barrels. In addition, we have produced our first pure Renano Riesling.
Very good vintage in Italy but with an unusual phenomenon that sees the absence of production of bunches in some areas of the Italian vineyards but – interestingly – this phenomenon did not concern Colle Pazzo, our hill. We had a great harvest with healthy rains in September. Grapes of particular beauty, which in fermentation had delicate aromas of rose. In this way we have produced all our types of wine now in aging.
Lorella directs the company administration and takes care of the commercial relations with Italy and Abroad. She is a journalist and sommelier F.I.S. She studied cooking at Gambero Rosso and graduated in Philosophy and Applied Ethics in Rome. She is a member of the Italian Society of Literatics and is the author of books and articles on cinema, literature and wine. Suo is the cult documentary History of the feminist movement in Italy, produced by Rai Educational and Aleph film. After filming with Piero Riccardi the investigations for the broadcast Report on the state of Italian agriculture, entitled Buon appetito, Il piatto è serve e Carne, together with him he decided to create a biodynamic viticulture company. Today the Cantine Riccardi Reale are a point of reference in the planetary, artistic- ethical-agricultural revolution of natural wines. Among his last books: (Aa Vv) Terra e Parole, Ebook@Women; Il talento del naso. Tre racconti, SensoInverso Edizioni; Sorsi Letterari. Vino naturale come utopia, Altravista Edizioni.
Piero is responsible for the cultivation of biodynamic vineyards and is the winemaker of the company's wines. An expert in agriculture, he made his first vegetable garden at the age of six. Author and television director, for RAI (Mixer, La storia siamo noi, Report) he decided to follow his passion for wine, in the Roman countryside family property, where before he produced only a few thousand bottles. He thus planted, with Lorella, the vineyards of Cesanese, and with the help of the agronomist Ruggero Mazzilli of the Experimental Station for sustainable viticulture of Chianti, he has created in the field innovative and high quality criteria unknown in the area. Piero takes particular care of the maintenance of biodiversity in the soils and the pruning of the vines, on which he updates at the Pruning School of Simonit&Sirch. Recent research by the Vitenova Institute has established that the vineyards of Colle Pazzo have an extraordinary presence of pollinators and conservation of species of herbs dating back to the ancient Romans. Piero is the author of articles and books on the environment, including: Riprendiamoci il cibo. Proposte per un’alimentazione responsabile; Il mondo alla rovescia. Due giornalisti di Report in viaggio tra i paradossi di un mondo globalizzato e il recente Nel cuore del vino. Diario di un vignaiolo in tempi confusi.
Curzio is the farmer-artist of the house. He loves story tales and climbing. He is already dying to drive the tractor and he may have spoken his first words as soon as he was born — if we remember correctly.
Cassia loves travelling and tempera painting. She adores singing and has a passion for both pasta and cookies dough.
They designed the wine labels, graphically made by Tiziana Piccone, grafica di Roma firstname.lastname@example.org
Tullia is Piero’s daughter. She graduated in Ecobiology, she likes beers, passiti wines and making sweets.
Via Vitellia SNC
Contrada Maniella - 00030 BELLEGRA (ROMA)
41° 52’ 57.06’’ NORD | 13° 01’ 22.66’’ EST
Via del Corso Snc
Località Colle Pazzo - 00035 OLEVANO ROMANO (ROMA)
41° 49’ 52.27’’ NORD | 13° 03’ 24.17’’ EST
Autostrada A24 Roma – L’Aquila, exit Castel Madama, in direction Pisoniano – San Vito – Bellegra
Autostrada A1 Firenze – Napoli, exit Valmontone, in direction Genazzano – Olevano Romano- Bellegra
From Fiumicino Aeroporto
Autostrada A91/E80, then A90/E80, and A1 Firenze – Napoli, exit Valmontone, in direction Genazzano – Olevano Romano – Bellegra