History

MIDDLEAGE

Originally the Casale Denari was called “Casal Donelasco”, a “palace”, as it is reported in several archive documents, where the local lord lived.

Mappa storica Oltrepò Pavese - Voghera

3th SEPTEMBER 1412

As the crusades stopped and the Signorie established, Filippo Maria Visconti, last duke of Milan, divided Donelasco from the feudal land of Valle Versa and sold it to Rainaldo Beccaria for 32 lire (ancient money value).

1629

When Claudio Beccaria died, ’Il Casale Denari’ was donated and some years later it became “autonomous land” , that is “Comune” (township).

14th DECEMBER 1656

Lord Gerolamo del Pozzo became the new owner of Casal Donelasco, following the orders of Philippe IV, King of Spain and Duke of Milan from 1621 to 1665.

Casale Denari Flower Farm - Pavia

5th DECEMBER 1691

Giovanni Gaetano del Pozzo, Gerolamo’s son, sold the property to Gerolamo Gambarana descendant of feudal lords from Montesegale.

16th JANUARY 1921

‘Il Casale Denari’, with its 97 hectares of land, passed to Denari family, an ancient dynasty from Voghera, who played an important role in the whole Oltrepò region trading silk, wine and grain.

1946

According to the line of succession, the new owner of ‘Il Casale Denari’ was the Duke Antonio Denari who, in the 1947-1948, launched intense activities of modernization to satisfy the new living needs. The architect in charge was Emilio Aschieri di Pavia.

1960s

The Duke focused his energy on “Il Casale” brand wine production. Among the most famous wines, we remember the “Rosso del Roccolo” produced from its own vineyards. In those years, the restaurant “Hosteria del Casale” was opened inside the Casale, which gave credit to the Duke for creating the first local “agriturismo” (farm) although it didn’t exist legally yet.

Sandro Pertini e il duca Denari - Il Casale Denari Flower Farm

1970s - 1980s

In a few years, Casal Donelasco became the capital of sparkling wine: the Duke Denari was president for two decades of the “La Versa” Cooperative Winery and he inspired the Oltrepò Pavese DOC Wine Consortium.

Mike Bongiorno e il Duca Denari - Il Casale Denari Flower farm

1982

The Duke took part in the foundation of the Italian Institute of Classic Sparkling Wine that included the major Italian companies specialized in that sector. For all his life the Duke strongly believed in the superiority of the hillside wines compared to those produced in the lowland. He fought for the protection of his wines and he pursued the challenge of the Oltrepò Pavese Classic Sparkling Wine with the French Champagne.

Casale Denari Flower Farm - Pavia

1990s

The Duke resigned voluntary from the institutions he chaired and then he decided to retire to private life in his Casale, already known as “Casale Denari”.

2015

After many years of neglect, Casale Denari lives again thanks to the duke's grandson, Alberto Bertuzzi Borgognoni, his wife, Azzurra Scerni and their son Umberto. The family moved from Milan to Oltrepò Pavese with many ideas and plans for the future.

2018

Casale Denari became ``Il Casale Denari Flower Farm``. Azzurra began to grow cut flowers: her idea stemmed from the fact that she didn't find many flowers that she would like to use for her floral arrangements as she desired to follow the rhythm of the seasons for flowers as well as for fruit and vegetables. Azzurra organizes weddings and events and hosts Workshops in her Floral Workshop inside the Casale.
Alberto and Azzurra are also involved in the planning of the renovation of the the oldest part of their Casale, which will be dedicated to hospitality.

9th January 2020

Renovation works officially began for what will be the first ``Flower Resort`` in Italy.