In the Piacenzian Geological Natural Park

The exceptional richness of fossils of these areas, already known by Leonardo da Vinci who mentioned them in the Leicester code, led researchers to use the word Piacenzian Plan, created by the Swiss geologist  Karl Mayer; today, this word identifies the historical period of earth between 3.5 and 2.5 millions of years ago.
The most important contribution to knowledge of Pliocene is due to Giuseppe Coresi who created a huge and important collection of local fossils in the nineteenth century, later attested by scientists. Wildlife associations prove the climate change accompanying the big ice ages, through the study of this collection.
“I went to that  river with very high and unequal sides and I saw the composition with parallel and regular layers, full of very well conserved seashells; and they were alike those we can find in all the hills of this Duchy. Similarly I saw that the lower layers are made of cerulean marl up to a certain height, while the highest are composed of reddish sand…”.

So Giuseppe Coresi said in 1834.

Near Veleia

Veleia is an ancient Roman town with several archaeological finds. The famous “Etruscan liver” stands out: it is a massive bronze reproduction of the cattle organ, on which there is a nice dedication to the Etruscan god of wine, coincidentally!
And, surely, this pleasure-loving god could not appreciate one of the most ancient wines of the area, named Gutturnio and based on Lucio Calpurnio Pisone’s recipe, whose mother came from Piacenza.

Since he was Julius Ceasar’s father-in-law, he has been an exceptional testimonial to give fame to his wine.
The name of this wine is full of history too: the word comes in fact from “Gutturnium”, a Roman silver cup, found in 1878. The Roman habit was, at the end of the meal, to pass each other this cup as a sign of brotherhood and friendship, a sort of ‘nightcap’, for once without a war.

Between the Vigoleno Castle…

The middle age Vigoleno village is one of the most evocative villages of the area and is at the top of the Piacenzian geological park and the Stirone river park. Rich of history, the fortress is still untouched and dominates the surrounding country and vineyards. Since 2002, the village is certified by Italian Association of Cities (ANCI) as “one of the most beautiful villages of Italy” and it received the Orange Flag given by the Italian Touring Club (quality brand). The village lies along the pilgrims path called “Via Francigena”.

…and Castell’Arquato

Lovely middle age village and city of art. It strategically lies on the first heights of the Arda Valley, dominating the landscape from a hill. It is approximately 30 km far away from Piacenza and a little more from Parma. The historical centre grew on the left side of the river Arda. The village was built with the typical structure of the middle age villages and it didn’t have relevant changes over the years.
It is a village where culture, history, landscape and gastronomy are mixed in a perfect harmony. Several events are organised in the village and in the surroundings: they are can’t-miss attractions.

In Giuseppe Verdi’s lands

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian composer, and he is considered one the most important creators of operas which are represented in the theatres of the whole world.
Verdi dominated the opera stage after the great composers of the beginning of the nineteenth century, such as Gioacchino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini. He carried on the Italian musical theatre legacy and assumed a peculiar and personal composition language. He developed the romantic opera in different forms other than his contemporary Richard Wagner.

…and in Luigi Illica’s

Luigi Illica was a playwright and librettist of our area. He abandoned his career of study and lived adventurously, since he was intolerant with the family discipline.

He dedicated himself to theatre writing some comedies and especially libretti since 1892.
He is one of the most important librettists of the post-Verdi period and he worked for Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Catalani, Umberto Giordano and many other musicians.
He died at the age of 65 in Colombarone, a hillock close to Castell’Arquato.

Our Hills

They alternate sweet and steep slope, a few country houses here and there, creeks flowing in small valleys. Everything makes this territory particular and unique…

In a wild and pure environment

Air, ground and water. Pure elements. Vineyards located among wood and fields.
Pureness is complete. No production centres. Nature in pure form, heaven on earth. As it has always been.

From organic agriculture

We just produce wines of selected grapes from our ORGANIC vineyards. They are the result of an ancient experience of Piacenza vignerons.

For us, Illica, vinification is ART, a passion and a lifestyle. Out methods are traditional: screening of the best grapes and manual harvesting; and then, modern technologies in the cellar in order to have wines reflecting the tradition of our area and, at the same time, following the new trends.

Our organic wines

PIACENZIANO | GUTTURNIO FRIZZANTE

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GENERAL VIEW

Denomination: Gutturnio frizzante (sparkling) 2014 organic wine
Grapes: Barbera 65%, Bonarda 35%. Barbera (historical grape of the territory) has a medium bunch, pyramidal form, quite compact, winged (150-200 gr); the berry is medium sized, elliptic, with thin and consistent skin of uniform dark-blue colour, covered by high bloom. Bonarda (historical grape of the territory too) has a small bunch, conical shape, sometimes winged, loose and irregular (150-250 gr).
Colour: Ruby red color, with purple hues.
Nose: Nose with intense aromas of red fruit, especially black cherry and plum, followed by notes of almond, rhubarb, licorices.
Taste: Medium bodied with good acidity, velvety tannins, good persistence.
Food pairings: Perfect pairings with traditional and local dishes, such as cured meats, pisarei e fasö,fresh filled pasta, roasted or grilled meats or medium-aged cheeses. Pairings with rabbit and chicken chasseur recipes.
Serving at : 14-16° C

DETAILS

Type of soils: Medium mixture. The vineyard is situated at 350 meters above sea level in the geological Piacentian Reserve
Density of plants/hectare : 3300
Vineyards age: 10 years old
Harvest : The grapes are manually picked up at the beginning of September
Yield per hectare : 80 q/ha
Vinification : Fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with native yeast. Three days of maceration with alternate submerged cap.
Aging : Short period of Charmat method. Maturation 11 months in stainless steel tanks. Mild secondary fermentation.
Analysis data : Alcohol 12.50 %Vol – 750ml, Total acidity 5.5 g/l

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FLEUR | SPARKLING ROSé

GENERAL VIEW

Denomination : Sparkling Rosé organic wine
Grapes: Barbera 100%
Colour: Brilliant pink.
Nose: Elegant floral and fruity aromas, hints of wild berries, almond and ginger.
Taste: It expresses good acidity and a pleasant and particular softness like velvet.
Food pairings: The suggested food pairings are with grilled fish, cold meats, soft cheese and “margherita” pizza!
Serving at: 8-10 °C

DETAILS

Type of soils: Medium mixture, The vineyard is situated at 350 meters above sea level near the Ongina creek and in the geological Piacentian Reserve
Density of plants/hectare: 3.300
Vineyards age:11 years old
Harvest: The grapes are manually picked up at the beginning of September
Yield per hectare: 80 q/ha
Vinification: White vinification. The skins are immediately separated from the most fermenting at a controlled temperature between 12° C and 15° C for the primary prise de mousse. The yeasts continue to be moved during 8 months
Aging: Long period of Charmat method and aging 6 monhts in the bottle.
Analysis data: Alcohol 11.50 % Vol – 750ml, Residual sugar content 17 g/l, Total acidity 10.5 g/l

AWARDS

Bellavita_awards2star_RGB  Awards:At 2015 Bellavita Expo London, 213 high-profile food judges  and wine experts, sommeliers, journalists and buyers tasted and voted  the product candidates. Theranking was divided in 3 categories, from  1 to 3 stars: “Simply delicious” (average rank 7 points) – 1 Star  “Outstanding” (average rank 8 points) – 2 Stars “Exquisite” (average  rank 9 points) – 3 Stars

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RIOLO | SPARKLING WHITE

GENERAL VIEW

Denomination : Sparkling white organic wine
Grapes: Ortrugo , Trebbiano romagnolo, Sauvignon blanc
Tasting Notes: With a fine and persistent bubbles, the wine reveals aromas of minerals, white peach, aplle, mint and fresh leaven bread.
Food pairings: Excellent with appetizer, raw or steamed seafood, mozzarella di bufala and burrata, pasta or risotto with delicate vegetable sauce. Traditional Piacenza dishes like “tortelli di magro” with butter and sage, pumpkin “tortelli”, panzerotti.
Serving at: 8-10 °C

DETAILS

Type of soils: Medium consistency. Vineyards are located at 350 meters above the sea level beside the Ongina river.
Density of plants/hectare: 3.300
Vineyards age: 5 years old
Harvest: The grapes are manually picked up at the 3rd decade of August
Yield per hectare: 80 q/ha
Vinification: Vinification in white. The skins are immediately separated from the juice that ferments in stainless steel at controlled temperature, between 12°C and 15°C, for a “primary tirage”. The wine is aged on the lees for 8 months with btonnage. The yeasts continue to be moved during 8 months.
Aging: Long period of Charmat method and aging 6 monhts in the bottle.
Analysis data: Alcohol 11.50 % Vol – 750ml, Residual sugar content 7.9 g/l, Total acidity 7.6 g/l

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TRAIANO | STILL WHITE WINE

GENERAL VIEW

Denomination : Oganic still white wine.
Grapes: Malvasia di candia, Trebbiano Romagnolo, Ortrugo, Chardonnay.
Apparence: Brilliant straw yellow color.
Nose: Open with fine fruit flavor and aromatic herbs, with strong mineral notes.
Taste: Fresh, sapid. Persistent finish with hints of pear and sage.
Food pairings:  Excellent with appetizers. The wine can be paired with starters of fresh chees (goat’s cheese, burrata) and raw ham; wiht pasta or risotto with delicate vegetable or fish sauces; dishes of fish like salt-crusted sea bass. Simple but really elegant.
Serving at: 10 °C

DETAILS

Type of soils: Medium consistency. Vineyards are located at 700 meters above the sea level near the ruins of ancient roman town Veleia.
Density of plants/hectare: 3.300
Vineyards age:10 years old
Harvest: The grapes are manually picked up at the 1st decade of September
Yield per hectare: 80 q/ha
Vinification: Vinification in white. Skins are immediately separated from the juice that ferments in stainless steel at controlled temperature, between 12°C and 15°C.
Aging: 4 months in bottle before release.
Analysis data: Alcohol 12.00 % Vol – 750ml, Residual sugar content

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L'ONGINO | GUTTURNIO SUPERIORE

gutturnio superiore, vini biodinamici, vini biologici, vini spumante, vino piacentino

GENERAL VIEW

Denomination: Gutturnio Superiore (still) 2013 organic wine
Grapes: Barbera 65%, Bonarda 35%. Barbera (historical grape of the territory) has a medium bunch, pyramidal form, quite compact, winged (150-200 gr); the berry is medium sized, elliptic, with thin and consistent skin of uniform dark-blue colour, covered by high bloom. Bonarda (historical grape of the territory too) has a small bunch, conical shape, sometimes winged, loose and irregular (150-250 gr).
Colour: Ruby red color, with purple hues.
Nose: Nose with intense aromas of red fruit, especially black cherry and plum, followed by notes of almond, rhubarb, licorices.
Taste: Medium bodied with good acidity, velvety tannins, good persistence.
Food pairings: Perfect pairings with fresh filled pasta, roasted or grilled meats or medium-aged cheeses.
Serving at: 16 -18 °C


DETAILS

Type of soils : Medium mixture. The vineyard is situated at 350 meters above sea level, near the Ongina creek.
Density of plants/hectare: 3600
Vineyards age : 10 years old
Harvest: The grapes are manually picked up at the end of September
Yield per hectare: 80 q/ha
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with native yeast. Seven days of maceration with alternate submerged cap.
Aging : 6 months in stainless steel tanks, brief oak aging and 6 months in bottle.
Analysis data : Alcohol 12.60 % Vol – 750ml , Total acidity 5.6 g/l


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ARCHEUS | COLLI PIACENTINI PASSITO DI MALVASIA

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GENERAL VIEW

Denomination: Colli Piacentini passito Aromatic Malvasia di Candia dop 2013 Organic Wine
Grapes: Aromatic Malvasia of Candia Historical grape from 35 years old vineyards, located at 350 meters above the sea level on the Ongina river, that provides the misty air on autumn mornings and the conditions at the end of the growing season for noble mildew to be created.
Colour: Late harvest botrytized wine shows intense yellow gold hue, with shades of amber.
Nose: Nose with intense flavors of yellow dried fruits, apricot in particular, followed by notes of saffron, dried fig, toasted almond, marzipan. Taste: Long with good acidity, sweetness and good persistence. This wine finishes with hints of smoke.
Food pairings: The suggested food pairings are with cookies and pastry, with soft cheeses and gorgonzola.
Serving at: 16-18°C


DETAILS


Type of soils: Medium mixture. The vineyard is situated at 350 meters above sea level in the geological Piacentian Reserve 

Density of plants/hectare : 3500

Vineyards age : 35 years old

Harvest : The grapes are manually picked up between the end of November and the beginning of December.

Yield per hectare : 7 hl/ha

Vinification : Over-ripened grapes and soft pressing.

Aging : 12 months in French oak barriques.

Analysis Data : Alcohol 13.50 % vol. – 500 ml Total acidity 5.9 g/l

Serving at: 16-18° C


AWARDS


Awards: At 2015 Bellavita Expo London and 2015 Bellavita Expo Amsterdam, 213 high-profile food judges and wine experts, sommeliers, journalists and buyers tasted and voted the product candidates. The ranking was divided in 3 categories, from 1 to 3 stars: “Simply delicious” (average rank 7 points) – 1 Star “Outstanding” (average rank 8 points) – 2 Stars “Exquisite” (average rank 9 points) – 3 Stars


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WHO WE ARE

Yes, we Illica are lucky to live in an extraordinary valley, enchanting and discreet that we have a duty to preserve and enhance.

We breathe pure air, we walk on a clair and bright land born from ancient tropical seas, we listen to the sweet lamento of the fossil shells breaking beneath our feet, we climb on steep scope to raise our vineyards and we enjoy healthy evening breeze blowing from the sea and the mountains. High above, where our most ancient grapevines dwell, a shining landscape is waiting for us, in which the eyes run among woods, badlands, vineyards, castles, ancient villages, horses and some isolate house.

Cold Winter and not too warm Summer, clear sky and fresh breeze, strong temperature ranges between daytime and nighttime; all this is a benediction creating an unique microclimate able to respect the nature balance. For a long time, in our valley, we do not have real reasons to use chemical products, and for we Illica the organic farming is a normal family tradition, not a trendy fashion.

The organic history of my wines began with my grandfather, mythical keeper of the art of cured meats, it continued with my dad, faithful defender of the security and enraptured by love for grapes and it has arrived to me, conquered by passion for wines me too, especially when they can be authentic expressions of a territory free from contaminations and pollution.

The green certification of my grapes is born twenty years ago when the word ‘organic’ was new but, sincerely, in Illica family organic is the normal rule, history, tradition.

It is just all we have always done!

Ethics, respect for environment, culture, trend, commercial needs are good reasons to make the effort of producing organic wines but not for Us: Val d’Ongina, our valley, does not need. Simply!

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WHERE WE ARE

ILLICA winery is located in Piacenza province, in the village named Vernasca, hamlet of CASE BARANI.

Arriving from Milan

Exit in Fiorenzuola toll of the highway A1, follow direction to Parma; beyond Alseno, turn on the right at the roundabouts and go towards Castelnuovo Fogliani. Keep direction to Vernasca for 10 kms.

Arriving from Bologna

Exit in Fidenza toll of the highway A1, follow direction to Fidenza and Fiorenzuola; after 5 kms, turn on the left at the roundabouts and go towards Castelnuovo Fogliani. Keep direction to Vernasca for 10 kms.

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