Damiano Ciolli

Olevano Romano, Province of Rome

There are two distinct types of Cesanese in Lazio. Cesanese Comune is the more widely grown work horse variety that supplies much of Rome’s vino della casa. The more superior Cesanese d’Affile, also known as Cesanese del Piglio, is a distinct sub-variety regarded by many as the Pinot Noir of central Italy.

  • Established

  • Owned by

    Ciolli family
  • Winemaker(s)

    Damiano Ciolli & Letizia Rocchi
  • Viticulture


The Ciolli family have been growing Cesanese d’Affile for five generations on their estate, located 45 kilometres southeast of Rome. The young Damiano took over from his father at the age of 23, somewhat dismayed at the poor reputation of his region’s wines, yet encouraged by their precious old vines.

The vineyards, some more than 60 years old, are planted at 600 metres on mostly volcanic soil and are sheltered on three sides by the surrounding hills. The warm climate, characterised by rainy winters and sunny summers, with daily breezes from the Tyrrhenian sea create near perfect growing conditions.

Together with partner Letizia Rocchi, they follow every step of production. Biodynamic principles are followed in the vineyard and in the cantina there are no additions apart from a little sulfur. These are beautiful, original wines that balance complexity and drinkability.


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