From the Importer: The Villa Venti story began in 2002 when Mauro and Davide decided to leave their jobs and devote themselves and their families to a lifestyle closer to nature. For Mauro, the choice had deep roots: as a boy he’d attended professional wine tasting classes:
“I’m nostalgic about our trips through neighbouring hills riding our Vespas to taste that raw Sangiovese that local producers sold on tap. A wine that, nevertheless, showed potential, a canvas that we could paint on.”
The turning point that kick-started their project was meeting with agronomist Remigio Bordini, an extraordinary expert who has devoted his entire life to the knowledge of Sangiovese and its most significant areas of cultivation, between Romagna and Tuscany.
The Place: Villa Venti is in the town of Roncofreddo, near Longiano in the province of Forlì Cesena. The Adriatic Sea is about 5 miles as the crow flies with Cesenatico just up the coast and Rimini a little further south.
The Longiano subzone goes from the left bank of the Rubicone river to the west border of the province of Rimini. Longiano and Roncofreddo are the most representative areas, with ochre soils and sandy and calcareous clay mixtures.
The region’s wine-producing roots are lost in the mists of time, and Mauro is fond of quoting GP Ghislieri who wrote to the Pope in the 15th century “fertile et massime di vini et olei […] ne mandano fuori assai et massime a Venetia, dove per la loro bontà hanno molto spaccio.” (This land is rich in wines and oils which they export to Venice in great quantity where they are celebrated for their quality)
Philosophies: From their first meeting with Remigio Bordini, Mauro and Davide wanted to make a pure Sangiovese with a strong territorial identity, elegance and drinkability. This concept is the cornerstone of their production and has guided their choices at key moments.
From the beginning they chose to farm organically, using only products of vegetable or mineral origin, not chemical synthesis. They have recently set out on a new path to embrace biodynamic farming that will allow them to reduce the use of copper in the vineyards.
“Our main concern is always our vineyards, our fields. The vines in our vineyards have the shape of candelabra, because our agronomist strongly believes that this shape is best for the ripening of Sangiovese and it is also able to establish a good balance between soil, climate and plant.”
Throughout the growing season the vines are monitored one by one. They want to deeply understand each of their vines and know its potential problems. “If we monitor each little issue might arise, we are able to intervene before the problem will become one.” By doing this, the grapes arrive at the cellar healthy, ripe and with excellent phenolic characteristics.
From the very beginning Mauro and Davide chose to plant autochthonous grape varieties: Sangiovese, Centesimino and Famoso di Cesena, as they are better adapted and more representative of their area.