PAOLO PETRILLI’S METHOD AND PRODUCTION CHAIN

The connection to the land is strong: we grow using organic farming methods since 1988 in Motta della Regina, an ancient settlement located here, in Lucera.
We have retrieved some native varieties of seed, gave up too much yield per hectare and the use of chemicals, to develop a sustainable production system, in wich exploit the natural fertility of the land and encouriage biodiversity of the environment.
In addition to tomatoes and grapes, we produce organic durum wheat.
We are committed at all stages of production and in the choice of our partners, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and safety.

THE COMPANY

Our history, year after year.

La Motticella, or Motta della Regina, is an ancient settlement that appears on maps dating back to before 1000 A.D.. It is located in the countryside of Lucera, a pre-Roman city in northern Puglia allied with Rome against the Samnites, the seat of the court of Frederick II and the capital of Capitanata until 1806.

In the Middle Ages it was a rest stop along the road between Lucera, in the hinterland, and Lesina, a Venetian outpost on the Adriatic; later it became a fiefdom of the Caropresa, Zunica and Serra di Cassano families.

The whitewashed ‘masseria’, a fortified farmhouse typical of this region, was built, along with a church, dormitories for farm labourers, stables, storage pits for wheat and a primary school, which closed in the 1960s. In the early 1900s the company was acquired by Paolo Petrilli, the grandfather of the present-day owner, using the dowry of his wife, Teresa, and merged with the neighbouring family farm.

Paolo Petrilli appreciated the importance of sustainable farming and believed it was essential to use the land in a different way for the sake of future generations. He decided to convert to organic farming methods that didn’t pollute the soil or air, and that rejected the use of pesticides and weedkillers. This was the start of the Paolo Petrilli farm company.

The company’s first transformation: tomatoes. In the beginning, only native crops retrieved in Lucera by Paolo Petrilli are grown. Over time, less fruitful varieties from Italian seed industries are introduced. The yields are deliberately low to enhance the quality of raw ingredients. All production phases are carried out manually: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, and continuous monitoring of the quality.

The Petrilli family decides to settle permanently on the estate to fully embrace their agricultural revolution. The buildings are renovated using recyclables materials and traditional building techniques. Oaks and Mediterranean scrubs are planted to recreate the ancient natural landscape.

The vineyards are uprooted and re-planted on the poor soil containing limestone located at the top of the estate hill, at an altitude of 300 metres. The 420A, a low-vigor American rootstock, is hand-grafted on local varieties only.

Viticultural zoning and radical changes in the wine-making process. High-tech fermentation methods, steel, temperature control, mechanical pump-over, and micro-oxygenation are dismissed in favour of wooden barrels, spontaneous fermentation, manual pressing: no intervention, no selected yeasts, no chilling, no oxygen, all natural. A return to the winemaking of the 1930s.

After years of variety testing, our wheat has the best possible features to produce pasta of the highest quality: scent, protein content, gluten characteristics. Thus, the first pasta by Azienda Agraria Paolo Petrilli is born.

The first crop of the Senatore Cappelli wheat is completed and blended with the Hathor variety to improve the taste and nutritional values of the pasta.

Now, as then, we produce tomatoes, pasta, and wines artisanally, using only our raw ingredients and organic farming methods.

GREEN ENERGY

We supply the production system and all corporate environments with energy coming from renewable sources.

GREEN ENERGY

We supply the production system and all corporate environments with energy coming from renewable sources.

SUSTAINABILITY

We don’t use any chemicals: we make the most of the natural fertility of the soil and foster the biodiversity of the environment.

SUSTAINABILITY

We don’t use any chemicals: we make the most of the natural fertility of the soil and foster the biodiversity of the environment.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We have designed a corporate policy based on social responsibilityand enclosed its key points in a code of ethics, which outlines ourobligations you have on issues such as respect for individual rights,workplace safety, motivation, dialogue and the involvement ofemployees, good relations with partners and customers and the linkbetween company and territory.

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