Castellazzo is a hamlet of Reggio Emilia, in the middle of the countryside between Reggio Emilia and Modena. Vitivinicola Rota uses 67 acres of land for winemaking and is one of the few farms with a private winery. The family tradition in winemaking dates back to 1907 when Roberto Rota was managing a winery in the nearby village of Arceto. His son Benso took over this job, and then, through his skills, managed to buy land, grow grapes, and build his own winery. This specific farm, Castellazzo, came from the division among the heirs of one of the largest farms in the territory owned by Benso Rota. The land of Castellazzo was the first Benso acquired in the middle of the fifties and remained at the center of activity because of the winery that he remodeled and enlarged in 1960 over an existing winery built at the end of the 1800’s. The farm is now managed by Benso’s son, Dario Rota, who gave up his profession as an architect in order to dedicate his efforts and enthusiasm to the Vitivinicola Rota and fullfill his childhood passion of farming.
The grapes grown are typical of the area: Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Grasparossa and Ancelotta.
Following the best modern crop techniques and thanks to the generous and rich soil, vineyards are never irrigated, even during the summer months. The average production is therefore lower, (around 140 ql. Per hectare). The vines gain an enormous benefit. The company has embraced organic farming methods since 2005. The farm is certified as “organically grown grapes N. 1644/09”.