The grapes of the Piacenza area
The centuries-old history of the Colli Piacentini vineyards.
The Etruscans were not the only ones to live and farm the Piacenza grounds. The Paleoliguri, an ancient population from Liguria, and the Romans grew vineyards there. The Roman soldiers, the Gauls and the Celts did the same. So many different cultures but the Greeks were the ones that really developed the wine production: the local producers always trained their vines using low structures supported by carasse, wooden posts supporting the plant.
Pliny, describing the best 80 wines of his time, talked about a Piacenza wine drunk in Veleja. There, in 1747, the Tabula Alimentaria Traianea was found. It is an important Roman bronze inscription recalling a wine from Placentia, the Latin name of Piacenza. Veleja was the same place where, in 1760, a small bronze statue dating back to the 1st Century A.D. and representing a drunken Hercules was found. It was a common representation of brotherhood among wine enthusiasts. From the 7th Century, the Irish Monk St. Columban and its followers vastly influenced the winegrowing for the following seven centuries. In 833, they reached Vicobarone, where the present day church is consecrated to St. Columban.