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CANTINE ARIOLA

I still clearly recollect the first time.

From this gentle hill, across the whole horizon, an immense sky lay over the slopes that descend towards the Parma valley.
Just a few steps away, a small stream called the Ariola, still flows.

Every now and then a light breeze blew, caressing the silence of the hills that to this day, at sunset, glow with a warm and comforting light. This was the place for the story of Cantine Ariola to begin.

On these hills I pursued my dream: to create a wine that represented my life, my aptitudes, my character. A wine that proudly hails from Parma: with a character that is strong, yet soft and refined

It is from these hills, at an altitude between 200 and 300 metres, that we have reached the top of the world with a wine named after me: Marcello.

Today, Cantine Ariola cover an area of approximately 70 hectares. Processing still follows the seasons, as do resting and ageing.

We respect our land and nature because it pays us back with the fruits of our work. We use irrigation control systems to provide the vines with the right amount of water.
Our vineyards produce traditional white and red wines of Parma and the Emilia region: Lambrusco, Malvasia and Sparkling Bollicine, but also still and classical red wines, in addition to distillates, craft beer and elixirs.

THE HISTORY OF ARIOLA

Taking the time to wait turns an instant into a century.

Ariola was founded

2003

Marcello Ceci founded Cantine Ariola and continued the winemaking calling of this land that began with the Forte Rigoni family in 1956.

Starting from the soil

2004

We prepared the land and the plants. First we checked the best exposures and the ideal conditions for planting the rows, then, with our oenologists, we devoted ourselves to working the land and studying the production cycles

The first steps towards the future

2005

We invested in product quality: we laid down a processing method that was strongly tied to tradition in synergy with new optimisation technologies.

Vine and life

2006

We continuously improved the quality and sustainability of the vines and processes. We chose spurred cordon pruning methods to maintain a perfect yet delicate balance between the leaves and the future fruit.

You never forget your first

2007

The first harvest strengthened our love for this land and our passion for our work. But that was not enough. We started working with the raw material: the grapes. We selected the most promising varieties that were also in harmony with the area.

Love for grapes

2008

We continued to focus our efforts and knowledge on the grapes. This was a long journey as the entire harvest was made into wine and aged to obtain the right balance. To achieve a wine that fulfilled our expectations we had to wait for the next season.

The Best Red in the World

2011

On top of the World. Lambrusco Marcello 2010 was awarded the gold medal at the International Wine Challenge of London. Just a few months prior it had won the Great Gold Medal at Vinitaly. That same year, Luca Maroni’s Yearbook of the Best Italian Wines awarded Lambrusco Marcello Ariola a score of 98/100. We produced the best sparkling red wine in the world.

A passion that never fades

TODAY

ambrusco Marcello Ariola and Lambrusco Marcello Gran Cru obtained increasing accolades, including the Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge of 2016, the Silver Medal in 2017 and 2018, the Silver Medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the Gold Medal for Best Lambrusco IGT in 2018. We win medals and mentions not only with our Lambrusco but also with other typical wines.

“We respect our land and nature because it pays us back with the fruits of our work”

AWARDS

We put our heart into our work. We reap emotions.

INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2018
Marcello Gran Cru
SILVER
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2017
Marcello Gran Cru
SILVER
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2016
Marcello Gran Cru
GOLD
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2018
Marcello Oro
SILVER
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CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES
2017
Marcello Oro
SILVER
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2016
Marcello Oro
SILVER
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The WineHunter Award
2018
Malvasia Gran Cru
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2018
Malvasia Gran Cru
BRONZE
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2017
Malvasia Gran Cru
BRONZE
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2016
Malvasia Gran Cru
BRONZE
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5 STAR WINES VINITALY
2018
Marcello Millesimato
88/100
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CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES
2018
Marcello Millesimato
Silver
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INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
2018
Sinestesi
COMMENDED
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LAMBRUSCO AWARDS
2018
Marcello Millesimato
gold
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The WineHunter Award
2018
Marcello Millesimato
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