Villa Papiano is first and foremost an enchanted place: an ancient Villa, located at 500mt elevation amidst the valleys and the forests of the Appennino that runs between Romagna and Tuscany.
The estate is owned and managed by Francesco Bordini and his Siblings: Maria Rosa and Giampaolo. Francesco is a true expert in the native grapes of Romagna, and his winemaking style is minimalistic and low-key: his wines are crisp, savory, and balanced with ripe, juicy fruit and amazing lift.
Villa Papiano and the village of Modigliana have always been synonymous with quality viticulture in the Apennine hills: high altitudes, less fertile soil and vineyards planted adjacent to forested areas - these are the severe but yet ideal conditions to grow grapes that will deliver long-lived wines, and that best describe Villa Papiano’s environment.
The history of Villa Papiano began in the15th century when under Papiano, a Lieutenant of the Medici family, this territory became a strategic location, from which the whole area could be controlled and agriculture could be diffused.
Francesco and his Siblings took over Villa Papiano 2001, and rebuilt the terraces of the old vines planted in the 1960’s to ensure the continuing evolution of their concept of wine as a true expression of this environment: wines that speak of flowers and undergrowth, subtle, vertical, with a slight salinity. Wines of surprising longevity.
The vineyards are located on the edge of the south-facing slope of Mount Chioda between 450 and 539 mt above sea level, facing the Ibola stream which marks the beginning of the less developed and closed valley of Modigliana. The Bordinis dry-farm their land, and all their grapes are organically grown. Sangiovese is their most important grape, followed by Albana, and by the ancient native varieties Centesimino, Negretto, and Balsamina. The vines are grown using the “alberello” system, as well as the low espalier method to take maximum advantage of the heat from the ground.
The winery is located in an unspoilt natural landscape, close to the beautiful Casentinese Forest National Park, where no hunting is permitted. The strong commitment to organic and sustainable agriculture allows the Bordinis to work together with Mother Nature: feeding plants with just light, love, compost and green manure allows them to craft wines with unique personalities, that are true expressions of the grape’s varietal character and of the Modigliana environment.