HISTORY

THREE GENERATIONS, JUST ONE STORY

A gradual development over a period of fifty years, accompanied by the passion of our family; a family tied to the secrets of the grape and the vicissitudes of the land. Our company has grown over three generations, with each of us making our own contribution, but always with the same spirit of sacrifice and expertise. Ours is a story of men and women, fathers and sons, well cultivated vines and great wines which have left an unforgettable mark on our lives.

THE DREAM


In 1962, Paolo Minzolini and Giovanna Mimmi, the founders of the winery, started to work as sharecroppers at the Merlotta estate. On 28th November 1983, after twenty years of hard labour, they fulfilled their dream and purchased Tenuta Merlotta. The story of our brand had begun.

ORIGINS OF THE BRAND


The marine gryphons of the Merlotta brand come from a fresco found in the family home, in the former main hall, a room that is still full of paintings. Art critics trace the marine gryphons and tridents back to the Greek god Dionysius, also called Bacchus by the Romans, who protected grapes and the harvest. We thought it appropriate to align our brand with these mythological creatures.

Nowadays this logo symbolises the absolute guarantee of the Merlotta brand.

THE TURNING POINT


In the early nineties, their sons Raffaele and Nerio, with the family experience and their specialized knowledge took over the farm, added new wine cellars and purchased other estates. Adriana, Raffaele’s wife, the third pillar of the family, also joined their efforts.

MERLOTTA TODAY


At the beginning of the 21st century, Fabio and Marco joined the company, the beginning of the 3rd generation. Today this forward looking winery, with 45 hectares of vineyards and high tech facilities, receives numerous acknowledgements from wine critics.

LOOKING AHEAD


Merlotta looks confidently towards the future and, motivated by the desire to continually improve, pursues another ambitious goal, giving life to a new dream: to become the ambassador of high-quality wines from Romagna all over the world.

THE DREAM


In 1962, Paolo Minzolini and Giovanna Mimmi, the founders of the winery, started to work as sharecroppers at the Merlotta estate. On 28th November 1983, after twenty years of hard labour, they fulfilled their dream and purchased Tenuta Merlotta. The story of our brand had begun.

ORIGINS OF THE BRAND


The marine gryphons of the Merlotta brand come from a fresco found in the family home, in the former main hall, a room that is still full of paintings. Art critics trace the marine gryphons and tridents back to the Greek god Dionysius, also called Bacchus by the Romans, who protected grapes and the harvest. We thought it appropriate to align our brand with these mythological creatures.

Nowadays this logo symbolises the absolute guarantee of the Merlotta brand.

THE TURNING POINT


In the early nineties, their sons Raffaele and Nerio, with the family experience and their specialized knowledge took over the farm, added new wine cellars and purchased other estates. Adriana, Raffaele’s wife, the third pillar of the family, also joined their efforts.

MERLOTTA TODAY


At the beginning of the 21st century, Fabio and Marco joined the company, the beginning of the 3rd generation. Today this forward looking winery, with 45 hectares of vineyards and high tech facilities, receives numerous acknowledgements from wine critics.

LOOKING AHEAD


Merlotta looks confidently towards the future and, motivated by the desire to continually improve, pursues another ambitious goal, giving life to a new dream: to become the ambassador of high-quality wines from Romagna all over the world.