The fertile and generous land of the Battifarano Estate has been a part of the family for over five hundred years. Originally used for subsistence farming, today the land is used to cultivate orchard fruits and produce wines made exclusively from the diverse grape varieties grown in the estate’s vineyards.
With two generations of agronomists in the family, we have taken a scientific approach to understanding how to best use the land, selecting only the varieties of fruits that are particularly suited to the soil, so allowing the use of fertilisers to be reduced to a minimum. Our vineyards are cultivated using methods that respect the environment, conforming to the Ministry of Agriculture’s SQNPI Sustainable Quality certification.
Covering an area of 70 hectares, Cerrolongo is situated on a plateau 60 metres above sea level. The soil composition is made up of clay (50%), silt (20%) and sand (30%); the terroir is rich in fine gravel (4-5%), and gently sloping with good rainwater drainage.
Downstream from Nova Siri, the Torre Bollita lands cover 12 hectares. The area is named after the 16th century Aragonese tower, which belongs to the farm. The soil is mostly made up of clay (55%) and sand (45%), with non-homogeneous fine gravel (~5%).
Santa Lania has a surface area of 18 hectares extending along the border with Calabria. The soil is mostly made up of clay (50%), silt (30%) and sand (20%), with a significant percentage of fine gravel (10%) and a sloping gradient of 7-8%.
ROM SUBSISTENCE TO BUSINESS
The Battifarano estate was only transformed into an agricultural business in the 1930s. Originally the land was occupied by a farm known as ‘Masseria’, used for subsistence farming and for the exchange of goods and services used by the micro-community comprising the Battifarano family, the day labourers, and other workers.
With the advent of modern agriculture and the emergence of mass production, subsistence farming was no longer viable. As the ancient farm was transformed, a fascinating and extraordinary coexistence began between the ancient manor house and the farmhouses, between modern technology and wicker baskets, 16th century manuscripts and rubber boots. A combination of history and everyday life that makes our farm winery unique.