Reference: Magnificent villa and winery · near Parma
- Condition: Completely restored/Habitable
- Habitable surface: 600 m²
- Energy efficiency class: NA
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Rooms: 12
- Garden: 5000 m²
- Land: 3500 m²
Parma PMF: 26 Km
Verona VBS: 49 Km
Verona VRN: 75 Km
Milano BGY: 79 Km
- 1 Km Nearest town facilities:
An operating family vineyard and winery on soil having characteristics very similar to that of Bordeaux. A majestic 16th century villa, built by the noble Pallavicino family on the foundation of an earlier Roman structure on the banks of the Po river. An idyllic setting in the heart of an area whose gastronomic traditions, from real Parmigiano cheese to Prosciutto di Parma, are recognized across the world. Then there's a price that won't break the bank.
● The Winery
The winery, established in 2004, uses grapes grown on site (lambrusco, barbera, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and soon pinot noir) and acquired from nearby growers. The current focus is on high-quality, natural, hand cultivated dry red wines. A production capacity of 15,000 bottles could currently be achieved.
A tavern / cantina area in the villa provides an evocative setting for wine tasting and sampling of local gastronomic fare.
Current sales are to local high end restaurants and private individuals. Wines are shipped worldwide, often to “foodies” who have visited the winery. The winery has earned top ratings on Trip Adviser and Google.
● The Villa
The Pallavicino family, the most prominent local noblemen with a dynasty which stretched from Vienna to Genoa, constructed the villa in the 1500s as a lookout after the largest naval battle ever fought on the Po between the Venetian and the Milanese in June 1431. The villa, lovingly restored by its current owners, is distributed over 4 levels for a total of approximately 600 m². It sits on an half-hectare lot (~5000m²) which also includes the current winery and a multi-car garage. An additional 3500 m² lot across the street, partially planted with a new vineyard, is included.
● The Opportunities
▸ Starter vineyard & winery
As a family vineyard and winery, the property is perfect for someone looking to get started in the wine business without having to face bureaucratic hassles (permits are in place) or taking on more than they can handle. Production can be scaled up or down by adjusting the use of grapes from nearby farmers. The owner plans on staying in the area and would be amenable to a consulting arrangement should the new owner so desire.
Many original wine making implements found on the property would lend themselves to the establishment of a museum focusing on wine history and production.
▸ Majestic private home
With Milan just about an hour away, the home is a great get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city, even if just as a weekend country house. Should grape production be of less interest to the new owner, the areas planted with grapes could return to their prior state as formal gardens.
▸ Bed and Breakfast / Agriturismo
The villa could be reconfigured to host paying guests: from 3 luxury apartments to 8 rooms or so, depending on the market position the owner desires to achieve. Meals can also be organized nearby, for example at a 100 year old osteria or at a three star restaurant.
Photos & video by Luca Pezzani