Welcome to Episode 1518; part of our Italian wine interview series set in Bologna! Today’s interview is between Joy Livingston and Enrico Drei Donà
Stevie Kim and her team travelled to the Bologna Slow Wine Fair in March 2023. There they conducted dozens of interviews with some of Italy’s most inspiring producers. Join the fun every Thursday afternoon!
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More about today’s winery
Tenuta La Palazza stands on the ancient hills of Romagna between the cities of Forlì, Castrocaro and Predappio in a strategic position at the mouth of the valleys of the Rabbi and Montone rivers, around one of the watchtowers that Caterina Sforza placed in 1481 to defend her territories.
The estate has belonged to the Drei Donà counts since the 1920s, and has always been dedicated to the production of Sangiovese grapes. In 1980 Claudio Drei Donà abandoned his legal practice to devote himself full time to the company, later followed by his son Enrico, and began a radical work of change which gave a decisive change to the property.
Of the 23 hectares of vineyards, most of it is naturally dedicated to Sangiovese, whose old plants were the subject of a particular study and selection which then led to their restoration through the replanting of the Palazza mass selection. Alongside these, in the mid-1980s Claudio Drei Donà planted – a true pioneer – the first polyclonal vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in Romagna and a vineyard with Chardonnay and Riesling.
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