The property has been in the hands of the Drei Donà family since the last century. Although it has always been dedicated to producing Sangiovese grapes, it has undergone a radical transformation under the present owner, Count Claudio Drei Donà.
After acquiring a law degree and working in the insurance industry, Count Drei Donà, together with his son Enrico, has dedicated his efforts solely to the property, decisively guiding its activities towards increasingly high objectives.
Most of the 23 hectares of vineyards are planted with Sangiovese grapes, which were indigenous to the property. These old vines have been studied, selected and propagated to maintain La Palazza’s original clones.
The ‘La Palazza’ farmhouse was built around a watchtower constructed by Caterina Sforza in 1481 in a strategic position on the gentle slopes of Massa di Vecchiazzano to defend her lands.
Visit and discover the Drei Donà philosophy. Immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery offered by the hills of Predappio: the fields, vineyards, maritime pines, and olive trees.
Walk through thevineyards, among the bunches of grapes that ripen slowly in the sun and visit the winery, where the wines patiently refine.
Guided tours are available, by appointment only, in Italian and English. The tour includes a visit to the vineyards and historic cellars, followed by a guided tasting of three wines, 2 of which are reserves, accompanied by some specialties of the Vineria.
Upon request, it is possible to organize private visits and tastings of historic vintages and/or large formats that are jealously guarded in the historical archives of the winery. Periodically, or upon reservation, mini tasting and in-depth tasting courses are held.
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.