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Manaresi Wines — The Process of Rebuilding for the Future

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Manaresi dominates its 24 hectares with views over the whole plain, from Bologna to San Luca in the Alps, on a clear day, as it sits at the center of the farm on the hill of Bella Vista, above Zola Predosa, in the heart of the Colli Bolognesi.


The cellar, equipped for cold and reductive winemaking, which particularly respects grapes and wine, is partially undercut below the rural house, now restored to its original space. Part of the building, dating back to the early 12th century, has been left unaltered inside with exposed bricks and terracotta floor.
Childhood home to Donatella Agostoni from the mid 1980s, the long-established winery took on a new lease of life in 2006 when Donatella and her mother, Maria Teresa Manaresi, bought out their former partners. The new winery is now in the hands of Donatella, an architect by profession, and her husband, Fabio Bottonelli, who drew on a degree in agricultural science and his family farm experience.

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Since taking control, Donatella has refurbished the winery and old house, analysis of the soil, clones and rootstocks, and technical needs for a modern winery.
'We are visible in the company,' she says, 'knowing that we each have something to learn every day. It would have been too easy to rely solely on consultants, or to hire a full-time winemaker. We have to be on the ground, stay in the vineyard and in the cellar, in the countryside, but also in the office and in the commercial area. As with any business, there are constant stream of questions to be answered, equipment to study and optimise, technical processes to take over, a thousand bureaucratic tasks to follow, markets to face, teamwork with staff and collaborators to work with.'


After pausing, she continues, 'being agricultural entrepreneurs means all this, being available to make decisions at any moment, taking into account the climate, land, and nature. Because wine is born from agriculture and is alive — it is, by definition, natural.'
In farming, the key words are balance and reasoning, and that comes from respecting the natural balance of the vineyards, and in the attention given to the plants. In line with this philosophy, steps have been taken to gradually improve operations.
For example, in the oldest vineyard, the original 'double upswing' system was maintained with guyot pruning, and it is from this vineyard that the Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto DOCG Classico Superiore is harvested.


Donatella and Fabio are honoured to have enjoyed an 8-vintage partnership with one of the most appreciated and modest Italian wine consultants, Tuscan Emiliano Falsini. Currently offering five wines, from a DOCG sparking, with whites and reds, they await the new line of a Barbera 2015.
With Fabio in the field and Donatella in the cellar, management is driven by technical, sustainable and scientific rigor, using cold technologies and long refinements to support the natural elegance of the wine.


We invite you to visit and see for yourself.

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