A vineyard full of experiences

A vineyard full of experiences

The tradition of hospitality, food and wine and culture of Picinisco and the Val di Comino is preserved and shared at the newly renovated I Ciacca. Before it was sustainable, now it is too.

Vineyard I Ciacca

Cesidio Di Ciacca’s father, Johnny, was born in I Ciacca. His grandparents, Cesidio and Marietta moved to Scotland in the early 20th century along with many other families from the area.

History of I Ciacca

The home of the Di Ciacca family for over 500 years, abandoned more than 50 years ago, I Ciacca has recently been restored and is dedicated to maintaining and sharing the tradition of hospitality, food, wine and culture of Picinisco and the Val di Comino. Obviously sustainable before, it is now and will continue to be so in the future.

Achieving more together

Cesidio, who was born and raised in Scotland, is driven by a desire to revitalise the area, as well as nostalgia. Cesidio hopes that the I Ciacca project, as well as other programmes in the neighbourhood, will promote employment and provide opportunities for young people.

The future of I Ciacca excites Cesidio, his wife Selina and their children Sofia and Giovanni. The heart of the operation is Nonna Selina’s Cucina. Giovanni, our star guest, is a boy with Down syndrome who loves the farm.

While not being distracted by the addition of the new baby to the family, Sofia and her husband Luigi have taken over the marketing role. To ensure loyalty to our philosophy, everyone has a say in the winemaking.

  • Marica, the administrator, manages the office and welcomes visitors to Sotto Le Stelle. She likes to meet people.
  • The vineyard and the cellar are both managed by Luca.
  • The olives, beehives and maintenance are now the responsibility of Onorio. ‘Geppetto’ is a familiar face at the I Ciacca house.
  • Dina is a native French speaker who works at the hotel. She is always ready to help, whether you need it or not.
  • Maddalena works at the hotel and speaks English.

Cesidio has a gentle demeanour and was born and raised in Scotland. His regret for the place, combined with his ambition to revitalise it, is what drives the company. Cesidio hopes that the I Ciacca project, as well as other initiatives in the region, will generate employment and opportunities for the city’s youth.

Cesidio, his wife Selina and their children Sofia and Giovanni are enthusiastic about the future of I Ciacca. La Cucina di Nonna Selina is the cornerstone. Giovanni has Down syndrome, loves the farm and is their host star.

Sofia and her husband Luigi have taken over the marketing role. They all have a say in the winemaking, to ensure loyalty to their philosophy.

The Wine Whisperer

Throughout history, the unique indigenous grape, Maturano, has always been cultivated at I Ciacca. Until our Guyot-style replacement, the vines were planted in the Etruscan ‘al olmo’ (around an elm tree) manner to allow the underlying soil to be used for cultivation and grazing – and also to protect the grapes from excess moisture. The Cantina I Ciacca restores a winegrowing tradition here.