Palazzo di Varignana's founder's lifelong passion for the olive tree is at the heart of this story. Today 150 hectares of new olive groves draw the profile of the hills surrounding the Resort: more than 100,000 trees give life to an extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality, with intense taste sensations and great aromatic complexity. The ancient origins of this cultivation are reconciled with modern techniques of espalier training and mechanized harvesting, making it productive and sustainable.
Each year new portions of the olive grove come into production, going on to define a path of quality that will lead - year after year - Palazzo di Varignana to be the leading producer in Emilia Romagna as well as a school case in the creation of chains of agronomic quality, restoration of native crops and protection of the landscape.
Love and respect for the lands in which our cultivations grow, led us to select only the most representative cultivars of Emilia Romagna, such as Ghiacciola and Nostrana di Brisighella. These, together with the Frantoio and Leccino varieties, present in a smaller percentage, make up about half of the olive groves with a density of 450/500 trees per hectare. In the other half of the olive groves, there are cultivars from central Italy, such as Maurino and Leccio del Corno, with a density of about 900 trees per hectare.
The care and attention given to each stage, from cultivation to packaging, results in 5 types of excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil, including three Monocultivars for the Ghiacciola, Nostrana and Correggiolo varieties. Of particular value are the two Blends: the Blue Blend in which we find Correggiolo, Leccio del Corno and Pendolino and the Green Blend produced by expertly blending the Maurino Selezione Vittoria, Verzola and Leccino varieties. Each cultivar expresses its own identity, which translates each season into a different oil, like a palette composed of various shades of green and with olfactory tones ranging from medium to intense fruitiness.
Palazzo di Varignana features a new 1,100 square meters winery built according to the principles of semi-subterranean architecture, made from natural materials representative of the local area, such as olive wood and red brick, perfectly incorporated into the surrounding landscape.
The tasting room is characterized by stylish design finishes and colors reminiscent of autumn foliage, where the view extends toward the terrace overlooking the spectacular vineyard currently being converted to organic production. As well as the native grape varieties, such as Sangiovese, Albana, Famoso, Malbo Gentile, and Pignoletto, international varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay, have been planted.
State-of-the-art production technologies are delayed to guarantee the protection of the authenticity and organoleptic properties of our wines. The cellar, under its imposing red brick vaults, houses the French oak barrels in which the young wines rest and refine to reach the right level of aging and become the best expression of the terroir and the vines that produced them.
The winery and vineyards are situated in a wonderful natural amphitheater, an exceptional location that, since July 2021, has hosted various events related to the world of wine tourism, such as concerts and open-air cinema with tastings.
Palazzo di Varignana is a project hinged around the recovery and regeneration of historic buildings, abandoned rural lands, and farmhouses along with crops that have been discontinued.
This project intends to bring forward values such as tradition, local area, excellence, and health.
Founded in 2015, the agricultural estate stretches today over 500 hectares of land.
Thanks to the restoration of the ancient varieties of native olive trees, extending for 200 hectares, Palazzo di Varignana produces one of the most awarded and recognised extra virgin olive oil in the world.
Alongside the olive groves, there are also 50 hectares of vineyards, 3,000 square meters of vegetable gardens, a vast orchard, and an original and rare crop of saffron.
The line of products under the brand "Palazzo di Varignana" includes 5 types of the finest extra virgin olive oil (of which three are monocultivar and two are blends), the Sangiovese Superiore Romagna DOC wine, delicious jams, and fruit juices, precious saffron pistils, salts flavored with medicinal herbs and Goji berries.