Founded in 82 B.C., when it was known as Forum Cornelii, Imola is now a town in the Metropolitan City of Bologna located on the Salerno River, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.

As an important economic and agricultural center, this city has grown a very strong and rooted spirit of identity through the centuries, to become today a center tied to Bologna only by purely administrative constraints.

One of the most decisive factors in the development of strong cultural personality of this city is undoubtedly its border location, so that someone claims that Imola indeed is the hyphen that separates/links Emilia and Romagna in the name of the region.

A hinge connecting two cultures, a land where history left its marks…

..and speaking of history and geography, there is something else that makes Imola deeply unique: a map.

This map was drawn by during his stay in Imola in 1502. Leonardo was convened by Cesare Borgia as a military engineer and commissioned to draw the map in order to inspect the defenses of the Sforza castle.

It was thus realized the first zenithal map, as well as the oldest example of city plan preserved today.

This drawing shows the streets, the neighborhoods, the buildings of the city, all presented with an impressive accuracy in the proportions, almost revolutionary for that time, and something that certainly affects the viewer's attention is the relative ease with which today he can recognize parts of the city and the surrounding territory that still make up contemporary Imola’s landscape.

Leonardo’s map was for this reason the starting point of our researches for the name of our brand new line of wines, all produced on the territory of Imola in full accordance with the wine-making traditions of this area: we were looking for a name able to evoke the strong link between the territory and its history, something that had been maintained unchanged through the centuries just like the vines, a symbol that could embody our tribute to this city and its territory.

And there it is, quietly laying through the plain, the Canale dei Molini (The Mills Channel), a 42 kilometers long majestic work of hydraulic engineering build in the Middle Ages that cuts through the landscape bringing life to the many cultivations placed on its shores. The channel owes its name to the more than twenty mills that were powered by the flow of its waters until the beginning of the last century: in addition to the irrigation function, in the past the channel played in fact an important role in supporting the industrial development of the territory, primarily by providing energy to the first pottery factories, a manufacturing sector that still makes Imola worldwide renowned.

Canale dei Molini” is therefore proposed to the market as a brand strongly linked to tradition but at the same time projected to an international taste, a good interpreter of that dual identity that makes the territory in which it is born so unique.

To inaugurate the new line we now present you Barbera Rubicone I.G.P. 2015 “La Chiusa, an elegant, full-bodied wine conveying the real essence of a terroire in which past and future magically interweave upon a timeless landscape.

An intense ruby-red wine, this Barbera takes its name from the construction (called Chiusa) which let the water flow from the river Santerno into the channel system

It offers to the taster a refreshing bouquet of fruits and spices, characterized by ripe berries complemented by tertiary tobacco, vanilla and subtle oak aromas; velvety to the palate, with round, perfectly balanced notes produced by subtle light aging in wood, “La Chiusa” elevates mature cheeses, cold cuts and pasta with red meat sauces.

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