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Nespoli

The story of Poderi dal Nespoli began four generations ago in 1929 in the Bidente Valley of Romagna in the north of Italy with Attilio Ravaioli. He was a renowned restaurateur whose reputation gained the custom of fishing enthusiasts from Bologna who would eat at his Trattoria and fill up the boots of their sports cars with his Sangiovese house wine. This encouraged him to expand his cellar and wine business which his sons Antonio and Amleto continued to grow. They gave up the Trattoria to concentrate solely on wine production and acquired the Podere Prugneto, making their own wine which they sold in bulk. They went on to purchase the Riviera Romagnola, now bottling their own wine under the F.IIi Ravaioli label. Immediate success inspired the brothers to experiment and develop new wines. During the 1960's Amleto's son Valerio breathed new life into the business. He strongly believed in Sangiovese di Romagna and the potential for it to create high profile wines. And so he began to innovate by reducing yields and introducing French barriques - a revolutionary move at the time. But he was looking for a way to distinguish his wines on the market and this came about by chance in the boutique of Brigitte Bardot in St. Tropez. He noticed paper envelopes which conveyed details of the philosophy and history about the articles for sale and, using the same type of paper, created what was literally a wine identity card. In this way “Prugneto, a single variety Sangiovese Superiore” made its debut on the market. Since then this wine’s motto has never changed: “Everyone else makes Sangiovese, we make Prugneto”. During the 1980's the entire property was renovated with additional land bought in Nespoli and the estate was renamed Azienda Agricola Podere dal Nespoli, under the management of Antonio's son Fabio. The Bidente valley in the southern part of Emilia-Romagna is unique geographically, being naturally funnel-shaped, allowing hot and cold air currents to circulate, and this along with considerable diurnal temperature fluctuations, makes it an ideal microclimate for the cultivation of premium grapes. Valerio's daughter Celita made her first wine in 2004. Her passion and determination paid off two years later when she won the esteemed Tre Bicchieri “Three Glasses” in Gambero Rosso (Italy's highest wine honour), a feat which she repeated the following year. In 2010 the Ravaioli family entered into partnership with the Mondodelvino Group: a family-owned company founded in 1991 by Alfeo Martini which represents both small artisanal producers and larger estates. A new state-of-the-art winery has been constructed under the supervision of Alfeo and Marco Martini, where Celita and Fabio continue to craft their impressive wines seamlessly blending classic Italian grapes with international varieties into innovative expressions of their region.