The seventies bring the Venetian in Maremma.
The seventies bring the Venetian in Maremma. The construction of the winery where he will be born the famous and renowned wine Poggio Ciliegio.
Originally from the region of Veneto, Paolo Cecconello came to the Maremma area in Tuscany during the second world war with his parents. He then moved to Milan where he became a building entrepreneur after starting up as a mason, but always dedicating himself to his family.
Vinicia Rascioni, who came from the region of Marche, spent her childhood in Maremma and then moved to Milan too, where she met Paolino.
The busy city life then gave them the idea to leave Milan for a more relaxing lifestyle. So Paolo travelled to Tuscany with his architect to buy a piece of land in order to build a house that would eventually become his Kingdom. Vinicia especially recommended him to “look for a hill with oak trees “ and so. when he found it, he closed down his business in Milan.
Then in December1973 they left Brianza with their two young daughters Sabrina and Stefania, and moved down to Maremma which they did discover to be as “harsh” as it is described in the popular folk song “Maremma amara”, when it it was infested by malarious mosquitos.
Paolino and Vinicia are two of the many innovative and creative people coming from outside Tuscany who have given a new spirit and impulse to its wine production.
The beginning immediately proved to be very hard, but the stubborness of this tightly knit family did not let them give up their project. Paolino, faithful to the Venitian tradition, decided to plant the vineyard and open a wine vault for the family only. But he soon discovered that his piece of land had never been used for agriculture before and was full of fossiles and stones: they had to blow up as many as 73 mines before it was possible to build up the vault!
In those days there was no electricity, telephone or even running water: life in the country was very hard and all these facilities were very expensive to install: it took three years to finish building the house and the family could finally leave Albinia, the town that was nearby.
As time went by, the vineyard became very productive: the two main varieties of red grapes, Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo, were excellent but their production was by far exceeding family needs and so they decided to send samples of it to Liguria.
They began to produce small quantities of wine with the help of a dear friend of theirs, another Venitian farmer: their wine was classified as excellent and in a short time they started to equip their establishment and bottle their wines. Then they searched for a better wine expert who believed in them, in their territory, in the authenticity and uniqueness of their produce which has been so successful on the occasion of so many events such as Vinitaly. The goal they pursue is to produce excellent quality wines out of autochthonous varieties such as the nearly unknown “ciliegiolo” and more popular “sangiovese”.
This wine has reached such a high quality that the Americans have defined Paolo a “wine architect”.
In 1988 the family was very lucky to meet Attilio Pagli: with the consultancies of this extraordinary wine expert Rascioni and Cecconello have managed to reach a more modern professional dimension and a level of success they had never thought of before. Nervertheless, the ancient philosophy of wine making is still there at the centre of all their production and the excellent quality of their wines.
In 1989, the Poggio Ciliegio variety was born obtained from pure “ciliegiolo” grapes as well as the Poggio Capitana reserve obtained from pure “sangiovese” grapes.
At present Rascioni and Cecconello are still continuing their research in order to get the best quality out of their wine production, the same production that in the past had not received the appreciation it deserved, and in which the positive way of thinking of a man like Paolino had always believed in, therefore reaching the goal he had in mind.