The Pradarolo


The Pradarolo Farm is located in Serravalle, the town of  Varano dè Melegari, in the lower valley of Ceno, in the Parma province.

Purchased by the Carretti family in 1971, staring from 1989 the farm is gradually converted to the production of wines recuperating a calling which has been long lost and extensively documented in the past. This type of procedure is strongly enforced by Alberto Carretti.

His choices are precise and courageous: production of biological grapes with the use of only copper and sulphur, ancient winemaking with the recovery of extensively long macerations for both white and red wines, native yeasts in order to obtain a wine which is healthy, long-lasting, natural, with an ancient flavour, original, and related to the territory.



Besides actually in Serravalle historical memories that date beck to the 600s are found which are connected to high quality wine and also historical evidence that is related to the famous Vianino ham which was sumptuously laid on Austrian Marie Louise’s table, duchess of Parma e Piacenza.

This area is characterized by a constant sea breeze which keeps the temperature moderate

The fields are faced to the south, at an altitude between 250 and 500 meters above sea level. The main hall is located on the west side of the farm, accessible from the provincial road 32 through a driveway between two rows of cypress trees.  The refined building - in its primary structure - as per the 15th century, is made of a rectangular 2 floor structure, large rooms placed on the side of two large hallways and with double exposure. It has undergone important renovations starting from the early 2000s, which have led to the discovery of various interesting details, while still respecting the historical building which has been carefully preserved, as not to alter the general atmosphere that the building has acquired over the past 6 centuries.

Near this building there are some service quarters: a barn with an overlaying hayloft, dating from the 50s in the last century and now used as a cellar, thanks to a structure characterized by ventilated walls, and a small building now used as a warehouse.

In the middle of the rows a barn has been rebuilt (open barn).