It all began in 1938, when five men founded Cantina Puianello in the homonymous village. To the starting project and its pioneering spirit will join new families, inspiring values that later will be shared by next generations.
Indeed, to best showcase the flavours of this unique region that spans from Scandiano to Canossa, the wines produced there only use grapes from the members of Cantina Puianello. This is but one of the many ways in which the vineyard combines profound respect for nature with new technologies, in order to ensure the quality and uniqueness of its wines.
Sheltered by the Apennine Reggiano Hills, this rolling, humid region—with its sudden fogs and distinctive temperature excursions—offers an ideal growing environment for such celebrated wines as the Lambrusco, Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Spergola and Marzemino, which thrive in the area’s typical calcareous clay soils. In addition to its vertical trellis system, vegetation containment and traditional Guyot pruning method, the vines of Cantina Puianello benefit from the extensive expertise of the company’s wine-growers, all natives of the area between Scandiano and Canossa, a land that once belonged to the “Queen of Italy” Matilde di Canossa in the 11th and 12th centuries.
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.