DISCOVER THE WINES OF EMILIA ROMAGNA
An estate full of history, who’s origin is lost in the tales of knights, intrigue and countless battles and wars. It’s an estate which has seen a lot over the years, named after a bold military leader, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta from the mid-1400’s. The property was then taken over by Commander Giuseppe Ricci in 1941, an entrepreneur from Forli, Emilia Romagna.
In the years to follow, the estate was home to many tragic events throughout WW2. It was occupied by the Germans and the attacked by Polish troops, whilst many displaced locals found shelter in its underground cellars.
The recent history of the estate however, owes much to the daughter of the commander, Noelia Ricci, who in 1980 first thought of Pandolfa as a wine business and built their beautiful winery.
The estate itself covers 140 hectares, of which 40 are planted mainly to Sangiovese as well as Trebbiano, Chardonnay and a few other experimental varieties.
Their aim here is to make a pure expression of Sangiovese as it is known in Emilia Romagna. Through extensive research conducted in the Chianti Classico research project in 2000, results surprisingly showed that two of the finest clones, R24 and T19 actually originated from Emilia Romagna. The clones showed sumptuous mulberry and bright cherry flavours along with a fresh and juicy mid palate structure. These wines really test what we know about the variety and how versatile it can be.
From the inception of the Pandolfa label, their aim has always been to showcase Sangiovese in the best possible light with minimal wine making intervention and care of the land. The wines of Noelia Ricci come from the best performing vineyards in the Pandolfa estate, managed by Noelia’s grandson, Marco.
The Noelia Ricci wine labels are just as interesting as the Pandolfa range, they depict insects and animals such as wasps, monkeys and whales, but all with an intended purpose. The entry level Sangivoese showcases a wasp indicating that it has a fiery personality that needs to be drunk young and fresh whilst the single cru Godenza depicts a monkey displaying a return to the basics and a slower ageing requirement.