2021 Damiano Ciolli Silene Cesanese di Olevano Romano, Lazio, Italy

2021 Damiano Ciolli Silene Cesanese di Olevano Romano, Lazio, Italy


100% Cesanese d'Affile grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged one year in concrete vats. The property consists of 15 acres located 30 miles south-east of Rome, mostly volcanic soil, the vines are 15 to 35 years old.

The winery is based in Olevano Romano in the south-eastern sector of Rome province. The hilly and montainous country – mostly volcanic – is characterized by micro climatic conditions that have allowed – during the course of the centuries – the developing of remarkable viticultural wisdom and skills. Ciolli began to bottle his wines in 2001, though the family is working his vineyards from at least 4 generations. The limited surface (about 15 acres) allow a very careful managment of each single detail from the winter pruning to the bottling.

All the work is done manually. All the vineyards are owned by the Ciolli family and lie on the gentle slopes of a hill few kilometers south of Olevano, at about 450 meters above sea level. The southern aspect, the deep red coloured volcanic soils the hot but dry summer days and the fresh August nights give Cesanese d’Affile perfect ripening conditions. The basic principle it to craft wines able to express the aromatic character that arise from the interaction between grape and terroir, without loosing the “memory” of tradition and respecting the natural environment