The history of the Fattoria di Fiorano starts with Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, who inherited lands along with Appian Way in 1946, at the footsteps of Rome. He decided to plant four grapes: Merlot, Cabernet, Semillon and Malvasia di Candia, and to cultivate them according to principles that govern modern organic agriculture, anticipating the future of farming. He became a pioneer of organic winemaking at a time in which more and more estates were turning to chemical means and ignoring natural, traditional methods.
As time went by, the Prince of Venosa started to produce one red wine and two white wines, unique and striking and reserved for the few coinnosseurs who were able to taste the fruits of his labor and his production techniques as an avantgarde, forward-thinking winemaker.
The story of Fiorano became a legend, one of a man who sold few bottles, to a select group of experts and aficionados. He was stubborn and decided to protect the relationship he had with his grapes, so much so that he uprooted most of his vines when he retired from winemaking.
From the royal legend of the Prince of Venosa, eight vines of the historical vineyard on the land of Fiorano have remained, four of Cabernet and four of Merlot.
From the precious remnants of their grandfather’s vineyard, the three granddaughters Allegra, Albiera and Alessia decided to revive the Fattoria. A continuity with the intent to uphold the values of the family, and with a way to breathe life into the Fattoria di Fiorano.
It’s not just the wine, though, that represents the uninteruppted flow across the generations: to make bread, the three sisters have maintained a mother yeast that was inherited from their grandfather Alberico, who considered wheat to be the simbol of man’s link to the earth.
The land of Fiorano is volcanic, rich in minerals and basalt, and confers a sweetness and complexity to not just the grapes and wheat, but also to the fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices grown in the organic chef’s garden and orchard. An innovation of Alessia, the garden guarantees freshness and seasonality to the products prepared in the open kitchen, as well as the picnics in beautiful wicker baskets. The open-kitchen “L’Orto di Alberico” is open to those who wish to spend a beautiful day in the bucolic Roman countryside just a few steps away from the Eternal City.
The cheeses are made from sheep’s milk and cow’s milk and the meat from Friesian cows, the millefiore honey and extra-virgin olive oil, barley and produce, are just of the delights that can be tasted at the Fattoria di Fiorano, and continue the rich tradition started by the Prince.
To render the universal and particular without losing a fiercely independent identity – this is the objective of the Fattoria di Fiorano.
That it should be unique and alive, for everyone to enjoy.