Pandolfa

Pandolfa is a wine estate rich in history, with roots going back to the day of knights, intrigues and battles.

The name “Pandolfa” is believed to be derived from Pandolfo Malatesta, the Lord of Fano, who headquartered here with his troops before capturing the Castle of Fiumana in 1436. In 1941, the property was taken over by Giuseppe Ricci, an entrepreneur from Forlì who renovated the villa and decided to restore the estate’s land back to farming. He purchased two neighbouring farms and planted new vineyards with Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Albana grapes.

Upon Ricci’s death in 1980, his daughter Noelia, who inspired the Noelia Ricci project, realized the wine-growing potential of these hills and, driven by a strong vision, planted new vineyards and built a new winery. Today, the Pandolfa Estate is still owned by the Ricci family, in particular, by Giuseppe Ricci’s granddaughter, Paola Piscopo, who gathered all her enthusiasm to restore the estate to its original splendour.

Today, Paola’s son, Marco Cirese, the fourth-generation member of the family, carries on the estate’s history and heritage to make it into a place of excellence, constantly engaged in dialogue with the local traditions and native grape varieties.

Currently, the estate contains around 90 hectares of land devoted to farming, mostly vines, olive trees and fruit trees, such as quince, fig, apple, medlar, cherry and pomegranate trees.

Pandolfa is getting ready to experience a second Renaissance, which begins with wine. The estate’s past and present come together in its bottles of wine. The vineyards contain mostly Sangiovese grapes and the family continues to use their classic cultivation model that values the land’s centuries-old wine growing tradition. They are located in the Predappio area, near the Adriatic Sea which provides a unique climate for vinification.

Grapes

Wines

Red

  • Federico Sangiovese Superiore Romagna DOC
  • Pandolfo Sangiovese Superiore Romagna DOC
  • Pandolfo Riserva Romagna DOC Sangiovese Superiore Riserva
  • White

  • Battista Chardonnay Rubicone IGT
  • Rosé

  • Ginevra Rubicone IGT Rosato
  • Villa Pandolfa, also known as Villa degli spiriti (Villa of the Spirits) or Casa dalle 100 finestre (House with One Hundred Windows), was built between 1731 and 1743 by the Marchesi Albicini family. Unlike most of the countryside residences located in the Forlì area, Villa Pandolfa has some atypical features, such as the square structure.

    In the fifties, the Villa underwent complex restoration works by local artisans and artists, who adapted stuccoes, flooring and decorations to the Villa’s original eighteenth-century style.

    The largest vineyard of the Rabbi valley surrounds the Villa and the interiors include magnificent rooms, frescoes, a large staircase and the room where Carducci used to stay.

    Villa Pandolfa is currently open to visitors and its rooms and gardens are available for event planning.

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    Guided winery tour

    Guided tour given in both Italian and English, which includes a walk through the vineyards, tour of the winery and the Villa Pandolfa, and wine tastings paired with their local homemade bread and extra-virgin olive oil.
    Bookings are made upon reservation.

    Taste the Wines

    Pandolfa Est. 1941 Federico Sangiovese Superiore Romagna 2019

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