The first president, Eugenio Guastalla, a forward-looking landowner of Jewish origin, managed the winery until 1938, when he had to resign following the adoption of racial laws. Nevertheless, the work started by those pioneers has remained steadfast and, a century later, the company became the Cantina Formigine Pedemontana, a modern vineyard born of the incorporation of the Cantina Pedemontana of Sassuolo, a partnership of roughly 380 members who grow rare grape varieties on an expanse of over 600 hectares—70% of which dedicated to the Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC.
Opened in 2006, the new factory has been designed following both the latest standards in technology and the Cantina’s time-honored tradition of wine-making. This fusion of past and present has yielded new and refined flavors that clients can discover at the vineyard’s own tasting area and wine-shop.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.