The winery sits on 8 hectares and the property (called Podere Bella Vista, or good view) truly lives up to its name. From the highest point of the property you can catch glimpses of Bologna. Looking in the other direction however you are met with the beauty and tranquility of the unknown and underappreciated Colli Bolognesi.
Vines are relatively young with the oldest planted in 1988 and most planted in 2000. Fabio and Donatella continue to look to purchase small plots of land that surround the property, continuously planting new vines. I envision their capacity arriving at 40,000 – 50,000 bottles from the 30,000 or so they now produce.
They have about 3,000 to 4,000 plants per hectare planted and they are very selective throughout the year practicing careful pruning and a green harvest. The winery is not organic certified but Fabio and Donatella are really careful to minimize the use of any chemicals and prune and harvest completely by hand.
Manaresi has invested quite a lot in modern winemaking technology for the winery to help minimize the use of additives. The winery is temperature controlled, as are their stainless steel tanks. Manaresi maintained the cellar of the family home, which is a few hundred years old, which building a more modern cellar alongside it. What is even more memorable about the winery is the fact that Fabio and Donatella created a museum of sorts with Fabio Manaresi’s old painting’s lining the cellar alongside winemaking materials used by generations past linking the two worlds very nicely.
In the end it is this link that one really feels when spending time at Manaresi. It can also be seen with their packaging from box to bottle. There is a real sense of pride for Donatella and a sense of determination as well. What is most impressive about this venture is Donatella’s clear understanding of the style of wine she wants to produce. This is something that takes most winemakers time to develop but she has known since the word go.