Anacleto Bonelli founded the winery in the mid 40s, right after the war. In what could be defined today as a pioneering move, he built an activity that was extremely thoughtful of the surrounding territory by creating a network of vine growers in the Trebbia Valley and producing a new, distinctive wine, which reflected and valorized the peculiarities of the area: the Trebbianino Val Trebbia, produced with autochthonous grapes.
What Anacleto pioneered almost 75 years ago is defined today as sustainability, by supporting the local community, Cantine Bonelli allows the valley to thrive and encourage future generations of growers to remain in their home region. The activity he started has been flourishing for three generations, and the family still follows his example by working with the same passion and dedication.
The Trebbia Valley is a hilly area that constitutes a balanced ecosystem of vineyards alternated to woodlands and crops, making up a perfect model of biodiversity. The gravelly soil is the most ancient of all the surrounding areas and is overlooked by majestic magmatic peaks such as the Pietra Parcellara.
Cantine Bonelli focuses on indigenous varietals such as Ortrugo, Malvasia di Candia, Bonarda (Croatina) and Barbera. The viticultural practices, sustainable to minimize environmental impact, maintain low yields, employ hand harvesting while the sugar, acid and taste are all in optimum balance. This allows the unique terroir to show through in each vintage.