Villa & Estate
Villa Era finds its home in the rolling hills of Vigliano, near Biella in northern Italy. The elegant, neo-classical Villa dates back to the late 19th century and was built alongside an older 18th century structure. It lies within a verdant estate which connects to the ancient vineyard that grows on the hillside behind it.
Villa Era was designed and built between 1884 and 1888 by the Turin-based architect Enrico Petitti for the Magnani family, real estate impresarios from the Cervo Valley, and stands adjacent to an original 18th century building that includes a wine cellar and red brick tower. The design for the Villa itself is monumental and symmetrical, consisting of one main structure fronted by an impressive raised portico. The facade displays numerous neo-classical embellishments, such as the portico's architrave, frieze and Doric columns, and the pediments on the windows. Perfectly preserved original decorations, designs and frescos can be found in all the rooms on the ground floor. In 1935, the property was bought by Ermanno Rivetti, a textile magnate from the area, and the Villa has remained with the family ever since.
The vineyard at Villa Era is centuries old, in fact grapes were grown on the hills around Vigliano as early as the Middle Ages. The grapes of Villa Era owe their unique character to the soil of the hill on which they are grown - sandy clay, gravel and marl with marine fossils. The nutritious soil and propitious orientation of the hill itself contribute to the success of the vineyard which previously produced the "Villa Era" Spanna di Vigliano wine, winner of prestigious awards in Italy and abroad (see Catalogo Bolaffi dei Vini del Mondo, ed. Veronelli, 1973). The vineyard was restored in 2006/07 with the addition of 1,500 new cuttings and the implementation of natural and pesticide-free methods of cultivation. The wine is made predominantly with Nebbiolo grapes, enriched with Croatina, Vespolina and Barbera.
For a brief period the wine was named Rondò, after the woods behind the vineyard, where the secular Holm Oak dominates the hill. Since the harvest of 2011, however, the wine won back its DOC and reclaimed its old name of Villa Era.
Ruby red colour with shades of amaranth, intense and delicate nose with hints of berries. Full bodied, balanced, well-rounded and mature, with particularly smooth tannins, elegant and persistent taste. Best served with traditional Piedmontese cuisine. The wine is made using traditional techniques. The grapes are macerated and vinified in steel tanks, then aged in oak barrels for several months to achieve the right balance and then bottled.
The Villa Era Library
Dedicated to Ledanna Duranti Danieli and Franz Rivetti
For almost 30 years, Villa Era was home to Eubiotica and ICARE (International Centre for Advancement in Research and Education), two non-profit organisations that pioneered research on organic agriculture, nutrition, phytotherapy, apiculture, Yoga and Ayurveda, and hosted conferences and workshops taught by international experts, scholars, teachers and practitioners. This forward-thinking project was started by Ledanna Duranti Danieli and then furthered by her nephew Franz Rivetti, who turned this historic home into a centre of learning for visitors from all over the world who travelled there to study and consult the centre’s library.
In 1990, Villa Era and ICARE hosted the 10th Anniversary of the Right Livelihood Award, during which time all 40 winners of the previous 10 editions of the award, know as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, gathered at Villa Era for several days of talks and meetings. We have catalogued more than 3,000 books and publications in English, Italian, French, German and Hindi, as well as a large collection of journals, magazines and books published in-house by EUBIOTICA’s editorial arm, which was active for some decades. These also include university-level courses on all manner of holistic disciplines as well as exclusive content written by a multitude of international contributors, each experts within their respective fields. We aim to digitalise this content so that it can be shared with as many people as possible. The contents of the library can be found here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
AFFILIATIONS• Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane
• Ville e Castelli del Piemonte
• Residenze d'epoca
• Il parco più bello