You only have one mother but you have one million reasons to celebrate her.

Mother’s Day, that in Italy fells on the second Sunday of May, is celebrated in many countries of the world, on different dates and in different ways.

The source of this festivity is not univocal: the story tells that ‘Mother’s Day’ finds its origin in the United States, strictly linked with those civilian and social movements that, between the second part of 1800 and the beginning of 1900, were striving- on one side – for the abolition of slavery, and – on the other side – for the woman suffrage. In Tenuta Colombara as well, great women, great mothers and great combatants have lived: the rice weederers.  They firstly succeeded to get a 8-hours working time, conquered after prolonged strikes, started in 1900.

Not even the cavalry charge was able to defeat them; it was June 1906 when the women rice weederers in the Vercelli province achieved this trade-union attainment, that was turned into an Italian national act in 1918. Their story is testified in the Tenuta Colombara museum.







Acquerello The Ultimate Rice will be the main guest at the International Food Exhibition that, from May the 5th to May the 8th , will liven up the exhibition complex in Parma. Cibus Food Exhibition has always been recognized as the reference event for experts in the food&beverage sector, professionals that come from Italy and from abroad to get in touch directly with big companies and small handicraft realities.

You’ll find Acquerello in Pavillion 2 in a very nice booth numbered B022 shared with two important names of Excellence in Made in Italy: Pasta Gentile and Olio Carlo.


Cibus – International Food Exhibition

Exhibition Complex in Parma. Viale delle Esposizioni 393A – 43126 Parma

May, 5-8 2014

Admission times to operators: On Monday, May 5th  ADMISSION EXTENDED TIME:  from 9.30am to 9.00pm

On Tuesday May the 6 th, Wednesday May the 7th, and Thursday May the 8th: admission from 9.30am to 6.00pm.

Admission is reserved only to food, retail and Ho.Re.Ca. professional operators from Italy and abroad.




Today, April 30th, is the last day in seeding-time of Acquerello The Ultimate Rice.


Four weeks have passed since the first day of seeding, waiting for the water to irrigate the rice fields in Tenuta Colombara; the rice that was sown in previous weeks has already germinated. The different dates of seeding are necessary to have a gradual ripening and have time enough to gather rice as soon as it gets to a complete maturing. These are the times of Nature, that have to be carefully respected, particularly if you are seeding just one single variety of rice onto the farm fields. This was the choice that the Rondolino family took 15 years ago, with the purpose to produce a rice of an absolutely pure variety, with the purpose to make every rice dish outstanding.


THE SECOND WAR OF INDEPENDENCE (25/04/1859- 11/07/1859)


As the Count of Cavour, Prime Minister of the House of Savoy, skilful strategist, and great rice grower, Camillo Benso decided to use the water that was generally assigned to the irrigation of the rice fields to stop the advance of the Austrian army toward the city of Turin, thus gaining time to help Napoleon the 3rd, the Emperor of France, in joining his army together with the Savoia’s. This stratagem allowed to obtain an unbroken series of military victories that, in not more than 2 months, led to the birth of the Kingdom of Italy.

On April 25th, 1859 the flooding of the plains in the province of Vercelli started with the building of 78 channel barricades. On April 29th, in only 5 days, the flooding of 45,000 hectares of land was completed. The person in charge of the construction was Giuseppe Gianoli, Piero Rondolino’s great-grandfather.

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The day of March, 21st – the date marking the beginning of Spring – is dedicated to Saint Benedict (Norcia, 2 March 480 – Montecassino, 21 March 547) from whom comes the Italian saying ‘San Benedetto, una rondine sotto il tetto’ (freely translated into ‘On Saint Benedict’s day, swallows are on their way’). This is to say that in this period the very first swallows are migrating into our lands, but ‘one swallow does not make a summer’ indeed. In Piedmont, the swallows are coming in large groups only in a later period, according to the weather trend, generally by the end of April, after a long journey from the Central Southern Africa where they usually winter.

Large groups of swallows often nest at Tenuta Colombara – mainly those from the hirundo rustica species – because many premises on the first plan are kept for them, and left with open windows, as it’s done on the attics. Swallows reciprocate the hospitality they received giving their contribution to keep the eco-system in balance, preventing mosquitos to grow. In fact every day  a swallow feeds on a number of mosquitos as equal as its own weight.

The Rondolinos’ affection toward swallows is not completely fortuitous, because it’s from the swallow, pictured also on the family coat of arms, that their surname takes origin, formerly Rondolinus.



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