La Stoppa

La Stoppa is located in North-West Emilia-Romagna, and was founded at the end of the 19th century by a lawyer from Genova named Gian-Carlo Ageno. He was the first to give value to this land by planting vineyards. In the the 1920's, he had to replant because of phylloxera, so the oldest vineyards we have are from this period. In the aftermath, Mr. Ageno planted many varieties as an experiment to see what was suited for the area.

In 1973, Elena Pantaleoni's father who worked his entire life as a printer purchased the estate. During the war, he was based in the country side and would pass by the vineyards on his bicycle daily. It was his dream to buy La Stoppa, and when he was finally able to afford it, he made it come true. Elena Pantaleoni started working there in 1991.

During their first 20 years of ownership, they vinified every vineyard and grape variety separately. But in 1996, they decided to eliminate most of the early ripening grapes-Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Tokay, Pinot Gris, Grechetto... as they are not exactly suited for the hot climate. Instead, they focused on replanting Barbera, Bonarda and Malvasia, all local grapes.

They are about 250 m from the sea, working mainly on clay soils. The majority of the production consists of red wines produced with Barbera and Bonarda. They make one dry white wine, Ageno and also make a few sweet whites.

They have been certified organic since 2008, but have been working this way since the early 90's. Most of the work is done by hand.

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