Cesanese - Olevano Romano

Damiano Ciolli

Olevano Romano

a beautiful medieval village perched at about 600 meters above sea level on Monte Celeste…

The winery Damiano Ciolli

Our estate vineyards and winery are situated in Central Italy, south-east of Rome, in the small medieval town Olevano Romano, known from the times of the Roman Empire. Traditionally, this area was well-known for its remarkable viticultural potential. The estate vineyards are located between 985′ and 1476’ (300-450 MSL), sheltered on three sides by the hilly landscape. The soil is deep red volcanic. The warm climate, characterized by rainy winters and sunny summers, with a fresh breeze blowing every day inland from the south-western Tyrrhenian sea drying the soil, create the perfect growing conditions for high-quality Cesanese D’Affile grapes.
The estate vineyards consist of 7 hectares, about 17 acres. Long before Damiano, these vineyards were owned and tended by Ciolli family, since at least three generations.
His grandfather Guido and father Costantino, like many other wine producers in Olevano Romano at that time, used to sell the ensuing wine in bulk to the Capital.

When Damiano took charge of the winery in 2001, he straightaway focused on quality, convinced that Cesanese grape could yield very fine wines. In his quest for high-quality Ceasanese wine, he was strongly supported by his family and longtime significant other Letizia Rocchi, who earned her PhD in grapevine physiology & winemaking. Together they handcraft wines that showcase the interaction between Cesanese D’Affile native grape and the unique terroir of their vineyards.

Damiano and Letizia focus on preserving the natural fertility of their soil by using green manure, biodynamic and organic products. Wine fermentations are indigenous without any additives.

Their vision and concept of Cesanese are to obtain wines whose hallmarks are freshness, fines and drinkability.

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Vinitaly 2022

14 –  17 April 2024



As in the past years, our wines will be represented at Vinitaly 2024