Set on a hill 25 kilometers south of Perugia – the capital of Italy’s Umbria region – Castello Monte Vibiano is the ancestral home of the Fasola Bologna family, and also headquarters for their business, Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio.
Merchants have long inhabited this area rich in history and culture. The Castle itself is located on the ancient route connecting the Tiber valley to the city of Rome.
This beautiful, fully operational castle (or castello, as we say in Italian) dates back to the 1st century B.C. and overlooks hundreds of hectars of land in the Mercatello valley; a valley dominated by unspoiled landscapes, historic villages, and rural centers.
While the castle has undergone several restorations throughout the course of its history, much of the original structure and architecture remain intact.
Today the castle includes a marble chapel, a 70 year old swimming pool and an abundance of trees that shade it during the hot summer months.
The Fasola Bologna family originally acquired the castle in 1892 and continues to live there today.
Traditional Italian landowners, the Fasola Bolognas are passionate about agriculture and land management.
In 1960, their agricultural farm underwent a major modernization project, led by the family’s patriarch Andrea Fasola Bologna.
In 1989 Andrea’s son, Lorenzo Fasola Bologna – the company’s current CEO – resumed the family’s wine-making tradition because, among other things, large-scale grape production was much more environmentally-friendly than some of the crops and farm products being raised at that time.
Lorenzo’s wish was to create a product that could compete with the top Italian wines in this fiercely competitive market. With the help of skilled wine expert Attilio Pagli, his dream has been realized.
Today the Monte Vibiano farm is as famous around the globe for its excellent wines – made from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes – as it is for its cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil.