Cantina Colle Picchioni was created in 1976 despite the fact that this property on the outskirts of Rome had been purchased 8 years earlier as a respite from work and city life. The estate is located between Italy's west coast and Lake Albano and offers a superb vista overlooking the magnificent city of Rome.
In appreciation of the generous land, Paola di Mauro decided to abandon her previous vocation in order to dedicate herself to the passionate production of wine or more importantly to improve the quality of the local wine, which despite great potential had yet to produce a high level of quality. The area benefits from a microclimate that is particularly suited to viticulture and boasts rich, volcanic soil.
The winery began with a production of 10,000 bottles and an enthusiastic study of viticultural practices. Since 1985, Paola has been joined by her son who shares her same dedication to the vine. Together they have slowly purchased more land, modernized the winery and grown production to 90,000 bottles.
The property was originally purchased from a French woman who in 1946 had planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well as Merlot vines imported from France. The resulting vineyard is Cru "Vigna del Vassallo".
Since 1996 Colle Picchioni has benefited greatly from collaboration with famed oenologist, Riccardo Cotarella.