Moretta Cherry

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Emilia Romagna

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Moretta Cherry

Grown in the area around Modena since the 19th century, this cherry variety began to be widely sold in the early years of the 1900s. Though known as the Moretta di Vignola, in different places it can also be called ciliegia mora, Mora di Vignola, ciliegia nera or simply “ciliegia” to distinguish it from the firm-fleshed variety also found in the area, generically known as “duroni.” The fruits are of average size, the skin is thin, shiny and, when the fruits are completely ripe, almost black in color. The dark blackish-red flesh is tender and very juicy, with a sweet, slightly tart and very aromatic flavor. Excellent eaten fresh, they are also well suited to making jams and compotes.
Along the flat valley floors, the cherries ripen between the end of May and the first 10 days of June, while in hilly, mountain land the harvest can continue for all of June. In the 1940s and ‘50s the Vignola Moretta represented over 25% of cherry production in the province of Modena, concentrated mostly in the area around Vignola. These days, however, production has fallen to just a few dozen quintals.
The old Vignola Moretta plantings were characterized by large distances between the trees (e.g. 10 meters by 10 meters), which were intercropped with other species, like grapevines. When the spaces between the rows of trees were not grassed over, they would be planted with vegetables, grains or fodder crops. In the 1980s it was replaced by more specialized plantations. Tall trees and the typical long wooden ladders used for the harvest almost completely disappeared, giving way to smaller trees, trained into espaliers or low bush shapes so that the fruit could be harvested from the ground or with the help of short ladders. The Moretta has also been replaced by cultivars that start producing more quickly and whose fruits are better suited to storage and commercialization.

Season

Along the flat valley floors, the cherries ripen between the end of May and the first 10 days of June, while in hilly, mountain land the harvest can continue for all of June. All year long is available processed in compote

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The Presidium wants to raise the profile of the Vignola Moretta cherry, both for its unique sensory characteristics and for the social and environmental value linked to the cultivation of tall trees and their harvesting techniques.
In collaboration with the Department of Agri-food Sciences and Technologies of the University of Bologna and the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Slow Food began to identify the most suitable lands for cherry cultivation with the aim of plant 5,000 new trees in the next 10 years.

Production area
Municipalities in the foothills area of Panaro river and Samoggia and Guerro streams of Modena province

Special thanks
Dott. Stefano Lugli
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna 

Prof. Maria Plessi
Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Producers

Maria Bernardoni
Via Consuma, 3
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 339 2984416 (Mirca)380 7963353
torellimirca60@gmail.com
bern.maria52@gmail.com

La Bifolca
di Maria Miani
Via dei Gelsi, 150-5
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 333 9639611
labifolca@live.com

Elettroshock
di Alan Cassanelli
Via Carlo Contardo Baroni, 2 A5
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 349 5614587
alancass@tiscali.it

Mauro Fantuzzi
Via Confine, 14 A
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 338 6785003
fantuzzi.marco@libero.it

La Fogliana
di Ramona Cadegnani
Via Fogliana Boschi, 3
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 348 3925945
lafogliana@gmail.com

Fondo Monteccuccoli
di Massimo Bonetti
Via Frignanese Impresa Mancini, 12
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 349 1442850
fondomontecuccoli@gmail.com

Luisa Garavini
Via Castelnuovo Rangone, 4869
Spilamberto (Mo)
Tel. +39 335 6832812
luisa.garavini@gmail.com

Daniela Gozzoli
Via Maremagna, 3-1
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 338 2438579
d.gozzoli64@gmail.com

Moreno Grandi
Via Frignanese, 18
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 338 1158586
morenograndi2015@gmail.com

Massimo Miani
Via Cassino, 555
Savignano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel. +39 335 8028877

Stefano Pelloni
Via Macchioni, 1 A
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 320 2925817
spellonis@gmail.com

Fabio Piani
Via Claudia, 6710 B
Savignano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel. +39 377 1503946
info.fabio66@gmail.com

Il Pozzo
di Lorenzo Tollari
Via Castiglione, 1518 D
Guiglia (Mo)
Tel. +39 346 3594318
lorenzo@ilpozzomodena.it

Punto Verde
di Emanuele Castiglioni
Via Falloppie, 1095
Savignano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel. +39 349 3998993
info@puntoverdeonline.com
www.puntoverde.bio

Ripa di Sotto
di Monica Grandi
Via Macchioni, 1-1
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 340 2987892
ripadisotto@gmail.com

Maria Luisa Rosi
Via Camillo Prampolini, 57
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 340 3602535
aziendaagricolarosiml@gmail.com

Roteglia 1848
di Andrea Silvestri
Via Mazzini, 22
Sassuolo (Mo)
Tel. +39 342 5654413
info@roteglia1848.it
www.roteglia1848.it

Società Agricola Bigone
Via Brodano, 16
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 333 5409824
bobobigone@gmail.com

Società Agricola Parenti Saverio Eredi
Via Macchioni, 3
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 333 9937763
societagricolaparenti@gmail.com

Maurizio Vezzali
Via Ca’ Barozzi, 26
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 347 3642500
az.vezzali@live.it

Una Tira l’Altra
di Valeria Sabbatini
Via Zenzano, 310
Marano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel.+39 331 150 7284
unatiralaltra2016@gmail.com

La Vittoria
di Patrizia Mislej
Via del Confine, 8 Bis
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 338 4385845
patrizia@acetaiadeibago.com
www.acetaiadeibago.com

Marco e Claudio Zanasi
Via Guardate, 4
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 331 3383866
azienda.agricola.zanasi@live.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Daniela Gozzoli
Tel.+39 338 243 8579
d.gozzoli64@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator

Marinelli Riccardo
tel. +39 3356616523
marinelli.riccardo@gmail.com

The Presidium wants to raise the profile of the Vignola Moretta cherry, both for its unique sensory characteristics and for the social and environmental value linked to the cultivation of tall trees and their harvesting techniques.
In collaboration with the Department of Agri-food Sciences and Technologies of the University of Bologna and the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Slow Food began to identify the most suitable lands for cherry cultivation with the aim of plant 5,000 new trees in the next 10 years.

Production area
Municipalities in the foothills area of Panaro river and Samoggia and Guerro streams of Modena province

Special thanks
Dott. Stefano Lugli
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna 

Prof. Maria Plessi
Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Producers

Maria Bernardoni
Via Consuma, 3
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 339 2984416 (Mirca)380 7963353
torellimirca60@gmail.com
bern.maria52@gmail.com

La Bifolca
di Maria Miani
Via dei Gelsi, 150-5
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 333 9639611
labifolca@live.com

Elettroshock
di Alan Cassanelli
Via Carlo Contardo Baroni, 2 A5
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 349 5614587
alancass@tiscali.it

Mauro Fantuzzi
Via Confine, 14 A
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 338 6785003
fantuzzi.marco@libero.it

La Fogliana
di Ramona Cadegnani
Via Fogliana Boschi, 3
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 348 3925945
lafogliana@gmail.com

Fondo Monteccuccoli
di Massimo Bonetti
Via Frignanese Impresa Mancini, 12
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 349 1442850
fondomontecuccoli@gmail.com

Luisa Garavini
Via Castelnuovo Rangone, 4869
Spilamberto (Mo)
Tel. +39 335 6832812
luisa.garavini@gmail.com

Daniela Gozzoli
Via Maremagna, 3-1
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 338 2438579
d.gozzoli64@gmail.com

Moreno Grandi
Via Frignanese, 18
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 338 1158586
morenograndi2015@gmail.com

Massimo Miani
Via Cassino, 555
Savignano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel. +39 335 8028877

Stefano Pelloni
Via Macchioni, 1 A
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 320 2925817
spellonis@gmail.com

Fabio Piani
Via Claudia, 6710 B
Savignano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel. +39 377 1503946
info.fabio66@gmail.com

Il Pozzo
di Lorenzo Tollari
Via Castiglione, 1518 D
Guiglia (Mo)
Tel. +39 346 3594318
lorenzo@ilpozzomodena.it

Punto Verde
di Emanuele Castiglioni
Via Falloppie, 1095
Savignano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel. +39 349 3998993
info@puntoverdeonline.com
www.puntoverde.bio

Ripa di Sotto
di Monica Grandi
Via Macchioni, 1-1
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 340 2987892
ripadisotto@gmail.com

Maria Luisa Rosi
Via Camillo Prampolini, 57
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 340 3602535
aziendaagricolarosiml@gmail.com

Roteglia 1848
di Andrea Silvestri
Via Mazzini, 22
Sassuolo (Mo)
Tel. +39 342 5654413
info@roteglia1848.it
www.roteglia1848.it

Società Agricola Bigone
Via Brodano, 16
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 333 5409824
bobobigone@gmail.com

Società Agricola Parenti Saverio Eredi
Via Macchioni, 3
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 333 9937763
societagricolaparenti@gmail.com

Maurizio Vezzali
Via Ca’ Barozzi, 26
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 347 3642500
az.vezzali@live.it

Una Tira l’Altra
di Valeria Sabbatini
Via Zenzano, 310
Marano sul Panaro (Mo)
Tel.+39 331 150 7284
unatiralaltra2016@gmail.com

La Vittoria
di Patrizia Mislej
Via del Confine, 8 Bis
Vignola (Mo)
Tel.+39 338 4385845
patrizia@acetaiadeibago.com
www.acetaiadeibago.com

Marco e Claudio Zanasi
Via Guardate, 4
Vignola (Mo)
Tel. +39 331 3383866
azienda.agricola.zanasi@live.it

Presidium producers’ coordinator
Daniela Gozzoli
Tel.+39 338 243 8579
d.gozzoli64@gmail.com

Slow Food Presidium coordinator

Marinelli Riccardo
tel. +39 3356616523
marinelli.riccardo@gmail.com

Territory

StateItaly
RegionEmilia Romagna