In the following years, his sons Luciano and Gianni—now the heads of the company—started helping in their father’s business. Finally, in 1985 the family acquired the neighboring twenty-four-hectares farm of Monticino Rosso that inspired the vineyards’ name.
Bordering the town of Dozza, where the sparkling wines from Emilia give way to the strong and wild Romagna wines, Monticino Rosso was already clearly identified in the cadastral acts of the Napoleonic era under the name of Monticino dei meli granati (the pomegranates’ hill). For a century at least, this estate belonged to the Codronchi Torellis, a noble Imolese family who took great care to preserve the landscape’s natural harmony.
Their signature wine, the Codronchio, a wonderful dry Albana di Romagna, is a testament to Luciano’s and Gianni’s love of the land and its robust wine growing tradition.
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.