La Stoppa

The unstoppable La Stoppa is located in North-West Emilia Romagna and covers over 50ha, 32ha of which are vines. The founder of La Stoppa, a wealthy urban lawyer had made the decision in the early 19th century to replant the existing varieties with more International and Globally popular culprits such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio amongst others.


In the shadow of Mount Denavolo, on the footsteps of the Apennins, lie the vineyards of Denavolo. Vigneron Guilio Armani has also worked for La Stoppa for many years and is able to handle both operations due to the altitudes of the parcels at Denavolo, which allow him to harvest and vinify later than the operation at La Stoppa. He even uses the cellars at La Stoppa to vinify his Denavolo. His first cuvée in 2005 was a skin-macerated malvasia made from 32-year old vines in his 2 ha vineyard 'Debe' which sits at 350-450m on clay-limestone.