In 1953, the Librandi family began bottling in a small winery in Via Tirone, Cirò Marina, using Gaglioppo and Greco Bianco grapes, which originate from small plots in the Cirò Doc region. 2 years later, the family purchased their estate in the Ponta area and is currently called Duca Sanfelice located in Eastern Calabria.
The family began investing in research to improve their wine-making heritage, and in 2014, The Gazzetta Ufficiale (the Official Journal of the Italian Republic) announced the registration of the first recorded clones of Calabrian grape varieties in the Italian Register of Grapevine Varieties (Registro Nazionale delle Varietà di Vite) which was a result of their research activities.
In 1998, Concetta and Enza, wives of Antonio and Nicodemo Librandi, former owners of the company, created a space for local and international individuals to share their passion for wine-making and innovative ideas for the industry.
The project was made possible by renovating a traditional mid-nineteenth-century farmhouse that was part of the winery complex, where they host exhibitions, courses, and presentations. It essentially became a cultural society named “A Casedda”. Today, the family owns 6 estates, 232 hectares of vineyards and 80 hectares of olive groves, all geared towards one goal: quality.
Ponta Duca Sanfelice
Librandi Agricultural Museum
San Biase Estate
The company offers tours of their wineries and estates, including wine and oil tastings that run all year round. During your time at the Librandi estates, you will have the opportunity to visit their Agricultural Museum, experience the beautiful Calabrian landscape and dine in one of their many farmhouses.
Visit and Tasting Session
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.