Villa Venti is the inspiring story of an Italian winegrowing family that believes in a future built with their own hands. In Romagna’s gently-rolling hills, just beyond the Rubicon river, between Roncofreddo, a modest yet magical medieval village, and Longiano, a small town upon which the European Union bestowed its title of “ideal village,” lives a family of three generations that with their smiles and passionate commitment bring forth every day from their corner of earth unique, terroir-driven wines. Their everyday customs, too, spring from that same growing area: the ritual of making sfoglia pastry, the olive and cherry harvests, growing ancient grains that go into the hot ciambelle to greet the day and make their bread, the fruit in each season to make their totally natural sweet-sour savor and marmalades. Style, traditions, culture, rhythms: all exercised within the context of artisanship, of sharing, and of growth, and a way of life that is mindful, sustainable, and respectful of the environment, trees and plants, the grapevine, and man. We believe in a philosophy of life that learns from nature, without stress, stands against waste and pollution, and in which organic principles are central and uncompromising.
Living together in the country is colour-ful, light-spirited, and infused with energy, where our children run, carefree, through the fields, grandmother tends the vegetable garden and teaches us in her kitchen, and the adults get their hands dirty in the vineyards and winecellar, while the women extend an enthusiastic welcome to “the traveller” in the agriturism. Even just sipping a glass of Villa Venti wine, by oneself, meditatively, is absorbing the energy of our family and sharing our desire to set challenges for ourselves, with sacrifices and determination, in order to live better lives and grow.
These areas between the sinuously-contoured hills and the Rubicon river have always hosted a flourishing viticulture. The Romans were the first to teach us this art: when they settled here they brought the vine with them. Later, in the 15th century the Venetians did the same as G. P. Ghislieri confirmed in a letter to the Pope:
The Venetians thus began purchasing red wine and olive oil, the “product pair” par excellence from this blessed corner of Romagna. Hence our desire to pay tribute to our history and to continue to offer to the world the most eloquent expression of our land.