The roots

It happens in 1946!

Our story

The founder. Anacleto Bonelli, post WWII man, founded the Bonelli winery right after the war. Maybe unknowingly, he established an activity strongly connected to the territory, for the first time linking all the grape growers of the valley in a unified network and creating a distinctive wine to promote its peculiarity – the Trebbianino Val Trebbia. The path he took in the 1950s would be defined today as sustainability.

 

Development and tradition

In the 1970s, Anacleto’s activity passed on to his three sons Luciano, Carlo and Censo. These were the years of continuous development and investment in the newest technologies, and it was then that the three brothers acquired the Due Querce vineyard estate and their winery became the reference point for all the wine makers in the valley.

 

Today With the same dedication as their predecessors, Bonelli’s third generation is committed to maintain and further develop the family business. Always paying respect to their traditions and family example, Franco, Enrico Elena and Andrea focus on innovation and experimentation, constantly improving their ways of working within the supply chain, promoting labour and environmental sustainability as well as launching new products.

From the plain to the sea

The Territory

The Trebbia Valley. The Bonelli winery is situated in the Trebbia River Park, right at the foot of the Trebbia valley, which connects the Po Valley to the sea through the Apennines. Historically, this was the salt route used by caravans to transport goods to Genua and return with oils and spices. This is why the area is home to many castles, mediaeval villages and the majestic S.Colombano abbey in Bobbio.

This hilly valley sees vineyards alternating to woodland and crops, creating a good model of biodiversity and a balanced ecosystem. Its gravelly soil is the most ancient of all the surrounding areas and is overlooked by majestic magmatic peaks such as the Pietra Parcellara, which stands out for its beauty. Ortrugo and Malvasia di Candia are the two most common autochthonous vine varieties.

The breezy and crisp climate, the soil properties and human perseverance produce grapes with unique aromas, then turned into truly authentic wines.

The extended family

The supply chain

The Due Querce estate. It’s the heart of the winery, and symbol of our commitment to the supply chain and to the constant pursuit of quality.

Deep in the hills, in the middle of the Piacenza Apennines, the property is characterised by century-old oaks, which give the name to the estate. Owned by Cantine Bonelli since 1996, the area is 15 Hectares and it’s being converted to organic production. The vine varieties we cultivate here are Malvasia di Candia, Ortrugo, Barbera and Croatina, all autochthonous to the area. Our agronomist follows the production across the whole year to ensure best agricultural practice aimed at respecting the ecosystem and in line with our sustainability project started in 2012.

The historical suppliers. The network of suppliers created by the founder Anacleto is still active and it’s a distinctive feature of our winery. To enhance our collaboration with them, we organise trainings ran by our agronomist and always make the time to sustain and help them.

The trust relationship we have with our suppliers not only guarantees a better product quality, it also has an important effect on the social and environmental assets of the Trebbia Valley.