From vine to wine
To date, the vineyards belong to three distinct properties called Colombaia Guffanti, Casa Mascandola and La Casella, all located in the town of Ziano, Italy.
The 86 acres of vines are maintained using environmental practices. For example, we cover the soil with turf, which controls the weeds in a natural, non-toxic way.
Every vineyard process from pruning to harvesting is carried out by our own skilled workers. We prefer not to outsource any labor, but to use the professionalism and experience that our employees, Lucia, Giorgio and Valentino have acquired with us for almost 20 years.
We produce 13 different wine qualities, from autocthonal vineyards (like Ortrugo and Malvasia), to local varieties (Bonarda and Gutturnio), to international vines (Cabernet Sauvignon), and wines resulting from the creativity of Gianfranco in winemaking (Settimo Cielo and Noblesse).
Years of experience in winemaking and a careful selection of the grapes inspired the winery’s preference for limited production, focusing on high quality wines coupled with environmental respect.
Since October 2010, we are using a Zero-Visual- Impact solar powered system that produces clean and renewable energy for the winery, now carbon-neutral, without draining the environment or impoverishing the soil.
Since the 90’s, we follow the cultivation guidelines of the European Union (EU) Integrated Farming (IF) program in cultivating our vines. IF is a production system for sustainable agriculture, that protects and preserves natural resources minimizing the use of chemicals and soil treatments, in order to improve quality.
Our winery has collaborated with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Piacenza on a zoning project of our estates, through which every different vine is planted and cultivated on the parcel that better fits its characteristics.
Ziano Piacentino, land of wine
Lying atop seven hills on the western border of Val Tidone, Ziano has always been a wine region, as the municipality containing the most vineyards in the whole of Italy.
Winemaking in this town dates back over 3000 years, and it is the result of relations with Greek settlers colonizing the Mediterranean. Local wine culture has benefited from centuries of exchange, growing the indigenous species along with vineyards from far away, like Malvasia di Candia Aromatica originated from the island of Crete and imported here in the 15th century.
Resting between 200 and 380 meters above sea level, this rolling landscape is made of gradual slopes crossed by the 45th parallel north, or “the parallel of wine”.
Ziano’s high concentration of clay (>40%) and limestone within the soil is very rare in nature (0.5% of European soil), allowing for the perfect amount of water and mineral retention required for achieving vine cultivation at such high quality standards.