Villa Gianna

Villa Gianna


Villa Gianna was established by the pioneer of Pontine viticulture, Giovanni Giannini, on July 24, 1994, and named after his wife. It is located in Sabaudia, 75 km south of Rome, among the natural beauty of the Circeo National Park. Driven by his passion for the Agro Pontino territory and native grape varieties such as Malvasia, Bellone, Merlot, and Sangiovese, Giovanni obtained the Circeo DOC and Moscato di Terracina denominations, as well as other IGT wines like Gocce di Ninfa. 

For four generations, the Giannini family has poured its passion and expertise into creating outstanding wines from the region’s grapes, with vineyards near the Tyrrhenian Sea and the gentle hills of Ninfa. This favourable microclimate gives life to unique and surprising wines that tell the story of their origin.

The winery was renovated in 2020, creating a new tasting room and events space, from which it offers wine tourism activities with guided tours and experiential packages. A new vineyard was also established near the villa, growing Bellone, Trebbiano, Malvasia del Lazio, Moscato, and Chardonnay grapes for the premium Innato DOC Circeo Bianco wine. 

Villa Gianna is perhaps best known for its Gocce di Ninfa wines, inspired by the enchanting Ninfa Gardens, just 18 km away from the vineyard. In ancient Greek tales, nymphs (‘ninfa’) were revered as nature’s divine spirits, a character mirrored in the gardens’ stunning woodland, mountains, waters, and trees. Bordering the quaint municipalities of Cisterna di Latina, Norma, and Sermoneta, this horticultural gem, reminiscent of an English paradise, was lovingly crafted by Gelasio Caetani in 1921. Today, the garden’s evocative ruins whisper tales of a bygone medieval era.

As Ferdinand Gregorovius so eloquently penned in his Roman Walks: “Behold Ninfa, behold the marvelous ruins of a city that, with its walls, towers, churches, convents, and dwellings, lies half submerged in the marsh, buried beneath the thick ivy. Indeed, this locale is more enchanting than even Pompeii itself.”

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