Pileum winery is helping to elevate the status of the once noble Cesanese grape. In the shadow of Rome grows one of the most complex and historic grapes in Italian viticulture
A classic Italian story born out of a passion for local history and tradition. In 2002, four families decided to unite their land and vision to make the best wines from the Lazio region just south of Rome. What makes the Pileum project special is the dedication to explore and experiment, in the vineyards and in the winery. Today there are three key members from the families, running the estate and farming organically small parcels that amount to almost 15 hectares. Alessandra Borgia, Flavio Carella, and Gian Marco Cioffi are pursuing a noble goal to not only make great wine but to better understand their historic region and the grapes that have existed here for thousands of years.
AT A GLANCE
REGION: Piglio DOCG and the Frusinate IGT (from the area of Frosinone)
WINEMAKER: Gian Marco Cioffi with enologist Gabriele Graia
ESTATE OWNER: Owned and operated by a few local families, with Alessandra Borgia and Flavio Carella managing the winery and the vineyards.
FARMING: Practicing organic with preparations for certification, 15 hectares.
KEY GRAPE VARIETIES: Cesanese di Affile, Passerina