At its core, the family business has focused on the value of respect regarding its relationship to the land, people, and the environment they have inhabited for over 300 years. Initially, the family began with olive cultivation and oil production, and still today, the family owns 130 olive yards spread out over 300 hectares. The family also devoted some of its lands to the production of the Calabrian Clementine, a flagship product of regional agriculture.
Starting in 2003, the family wanted to rediscover and reinterpret in a modern way an ancient tradition that has always been present in this area: quality viticulture. 7 hectares of vineyards were planted along the clay and hilly terrain of the area, and a new winery was situated at about 500m above sea level. The family produces a variety of different vines ranging from the native Aglianico and Magliocco to the international Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, for reds, and Chardonnay and Sauvignon, for whites. The system adopted in all the vineyards is the cordon; the density of the vines is 5,200 vines/ha, with productions never above 60q/ha. With new and modern wine-making technologies and machinery, the family was able to adapt the productive practice of biological farming, contributing to their environmental sustainability goal.
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.