In 1986, the Agostini Manaresi family (Maria Teresa Manaresi, her husband Egidio Agostoni and her children, Daniele and Donatella) found a rural house on the Bella Vista hill in Zola Predosa and fell in love with it. They decided to purchase it and moved from Bologna to start a new life. They renovated the farm from 1988 to 1992, planting several new vineyards and implementing a new agronomic approach. In 2006, Maria Teresa Manaresi and her daughter Donatella Agostoni managed to buy and control 100% of the estate. Since then, the vineyards have been carefully looked after thanks to this new management.
The farm is now run by Donatella, a qualified architect who has followed and completed many new projects on the winery and her husband Fabio Bottonelli, a professional journalist with a degree in agricultural sciences. In 2008-2009 Donatella and Fabio planted two fields with new vines, 0,7 hectares of Pignoletto and Sauvignon, after a preliminary analysis of the soil, clones, rootstocks, and technical material for new plants. The winery is now operating with brand-new state-of-the-art machinery and casks. It can now work around 500 hectoliters of wine, which is close to the vineyards’ potential (11 hectares): a small winery, using its careful techniques to produce high-quality wines.
The Manaresi winery has adapted their wine labels to Paolo Manaresi’s engraving masterpiece that in 1954 was awarded first prize at Venice “Biennale d’Arte”. The whole design concept, by young visual designer Mirit Wissotzky from Israel, was created around the world of art, and the labels emphasize the wine as a piece of art.
Around the winery, you will find a nice, green countryside, an old park with century old trees, fruit orchards, beautifully kept lawns, panoramic view points with chairs … You are simply welcome to enjoy the astonishing view, or bring your own book where you can sit and read in peace, nobody will say – “hey, time’s up!”
The Manaresi wine estate is not only a “winery”, though. The wine estate is not only the place where wine is produced, but the place where the winegrowers like to share their lifestyle with you. Consider this estate an open house where you can meet, taste wines, chat, and learn.
The winery can host events and art performances, both outside and inside the ancient or modern winery, they love the strong connections art-wine-landscape.
They have set up a tasting and retail area, where you can taste and purchase the wines, after visiting. Tours are personally led by Fabio and Donatella, the winegrowers, in English.
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.