A unique place where history, nature and culture meet.
Established as a hostel for travelers, rice cultivation begins around 1400.1400ca.
The farmstead-world starts to grow, with dorm rooms, a tavern, workshops and all that was necessary for daily life in the country.
Between 1875 and 1898 Tenuta Colombara is extended and partially reconstructed. The two towers at the entrance of the tree lined driveway are built in this period.1875 -1898
In 1920 the rice-weeders dorm room is built. This is the main structure of the Museum of rice culture.
Cesare Rondolino becomes the third owner of Tenuta Colombara.1935
His son, Piero Rondolino starts to work as a rice grower with him.
Piero decides to grow only a rice variety, Carnaroli, known as the rice king of risottos. Acquerello is born.1991
The best technologies for rice processing are installed in the newly built rice mill, together with the processing helix for germ re-integration.
Vercelli’s plains are a historical area for rice cultivation. When rice fields are flooded they become a breathtaking landscape of squared water mirrors, which have inspired artists and poets worldwide. We grow Acquerello in this area respecting the environment. During springtime and summertime we leave some of our rice fields flooded and water levels high to enable the local ecosystem to thrive: frogs, dragonflies and herons have their home here.VIRTUAL TOUR
Yearly production of paddy rice (tons)
April - August
Acquatic birds, swallows, dragonflies, frogs
Grains per rice rob
Our commitment for rice culture was awarded by Slow Food, that in 2004 opened the first Learning Center of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo. Since its opening, the Rondolino family hosts its students every year to show them rice growing and processing techniques.
19 Sep 2016
From September 22nd Torino will become the capital of ‘good, clean and fair’ food