Our heritage and our history
The Rosolen family, from the Friuli region, has cultivated a passion for wine since the Mario Rosolen’s childhood days. Mario is the father of the current president of Hic et Nunc, Massimo.
Mario and Massimo worked in businesses different from wine (logistics and HR), but they continued to dream of becoming wine producers. They got the opportunity to achieve this dream in 2012 when Mario and Massimo met Giovanni Ratibondi, a very experienced winemaker who owned a large part of the vineyards on the Mongetto hill in Vignale Monferrato.
The Rosolens bought all the vineyards from Ratibondi with the agreement that Giovanni would remain and work in the company, continuing to take care of the vineyards with his mastery and his decades of experience.
The decision to switch from simply cultivating and supplying grapes to producing wines under their own brand is to be attributed to Massimo who, in 2015, decided to "get serious" and diversify his activities in the world of wine: this is how Hic et Nunc was established.
Il Monferrato: Our wines come from the sea...
Hic et Nunc is located in Vignale Monferrato (Alessandria), in the heart of Monferrato which extends from the North to the South of Piedmont. The famous area includes various sub-zones and different micro-climates, which are all ideal for the cultivation of wine.
Hic et Nunc is located in the Monferrato «Casalese», near Casale Monferrato which is only 15 minutes from Vignale.
The Monferrato region was a sea during the Jurassic era, which later dried up. The beautiful, gentle rolling hills, which are also Unesco World Heritage sites since 2014, were therefore a seabed. The result of this origin are the organoleptic properties, which make it so suitable for the cultivation of vineyards: the soil is made of either clay or tuff that lay on a substrate of limestone rocks.
The vineyards of Hic et Nunc are all located at between 210 and 260 metres above sea level and all have excellent exposure to the sun.
THE WINERY: our flagship
One of the fundamental pillars of the Hic et Nunc project is the creation of a innovative and different winery:
- Low landscape impact: the building looks like it has been «inserted» into the Mongetto hill as if it had always been an integral part of the environment;
- Low environmental impact: all the most modern systems and architectural solutions have been adopted in order to reduce energy consumption;
- Transparent: instead of "hiding" the wine production area, Hic et Nunc decided to bring it to light and to show it to the customer who can observe the barrel room and the wine production department from inside the shop;
- Advanced: the machinery and equipment for making the wine are of the latest generation allowing our operators to use the most modern technologies;
The winery will be operating from the 2019’s harvest (August), the opening of the wine shop to the public is scheduled for DEC 2019.
Next to the winery, the Cà Dell'Ebbro B&B is already open: 7 rooms and an outdoor pool created from the renovation of a 19th century Piedmontese farmyard.
The wine making project of Hic et Nunc
- A great wine always comes from a well cared vineyard and all our grapes come from our own properties (20 hectares) that we cultivate with staff directly selected, hired and training by Hic et Nunc.
- We grow only local Monferrato grapes: Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Cortese and Grignolino.
We chose a qualified, flexible and innovative oenologist, with a lot of experience combined with good qualifications and open-mindedness. Massimo Gigola was trained in Franciacorta - hence the immediate choice to make two Brut Rosé sparkling wines - and then worked with various wineries throughout Italy, where he faced different vines and micro-climates and always obtained the highest quality wines that were good expressions of their territory.