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Elena Pantaleoni

La Stoppa, Italy

La Stoppa is a 58-hectare property located on the slopes of the Trebbiola valley, in the Emilia-Romagna region. This estate was founded in the late 19th century, and is currently run by Elena Pantaleoni, who has drastically changed the wine-making approach there since her arrival in 1991. In 1996, she began using organic agriculture and La Stoppa was certified in 2008. The domain consists of 30 hectares of vines, where the cultivation process is done entirely by hand, and managed according to organic methods, with a minimalist and careful approach. This approach stems from Elena's desire to preserve the environment and have respect for ‘the living’; this results in the production of a very typical wine. 

"With our grapes, they much become wine through spontaneous fermentation, without any use of chemistry, just time and patience." - Elena Pantaleoni


Emilia-Romagna, Italy


IGT Emilia Rosso


30 hectares


Heavy clay soils

Varieties cultivated

Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, Ortugo, Trebianno, la Barbera, Bondarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon

Yields/Annual production

200,000 bottles

Age of vines

Oldest vines are around 100 years old


Most of the work is done by hand. No fertilizing, weed killers or pesticides. The wines ferment off of their native yeasts and nothing is ever added or subtracted from the juice. Sulfur is never added during vinification, only in small doses at bottling


Suolo and Salute (2008)



Ageno 2013

Credit picture: Triple