The Rigolli Family has been cultivating vineyards and producing wine since 1950.
Today, the third generation is carrying on the family’s craft with passion, using traditional methods and modern technologies, and paying attention to the environment and the community surrounding the vineyard.
Situated in a valley at an elevation of 250 metres, surrounded by the Piacentini Hills on the edge of Stirone National Park, Casello-Ortrugo has been a regional attraction long before its iteration a renown vineyard, with historical figures such as Hemingway travelling to the surrounding area. The valley is also prone to cold and wet winters, with hot and dry summers counteracting the drastic weather. This shift in seasonal temperatures has similarly been seen as an instrumental facet in helping Il Casello developing its wines, lending them their distinct aromas and flavoring.
With the vineyards first harvests originating in the 1950s for self-consumption, Il Casello would eventually start selling their wines through the Rigolli Family’s fruit and vegetable store. This would eventually lead way to the family shifting their focus towards the production of traditional Piacentini wines and their eventual success as noted wine producers in the Emilia Romagna region.
While primarily known for its wines, Casello-Ortrugo has easy access to different types of leisure activities. The beautiful Parma or Salsomaggiore Terme, ideal for fine dining and shopping, provides an alternate distraction for those seeking a change from the more viniculture inspired destination. Meanwhile, cosmopolitan Milan or the scenic Cinque Terre coastline can be reached within an hour’s drive.
Nothing is left to chance; everything is designed with the utmost attention to the combinations of colours, fabrics and furniture, to welcome the visitor in a family atmosphere.
Festival Dei Tortelli – Parma
Gola Gola Festival del Gusto – Parma
Regional Park dello Stirone – Parma
Castellarquato Golf Club – Loc. Terme di Bacedasco, 29014
Terme di Salsomaggiore – Salsomaggiore
Po cycling network
The vineyards grow on Terre Rosse Antiche, the oldest soil in all of Emilia Romagna. The rows are arranged north-to-south to expose the grapes to the greatest amount of sunshine; from these grapes are produced the DOC wines of the Piacentini Hills: Gutturnio, Ortrugo, Malvasia, Bonarda.
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.