Acquerello is harvested, refined and packed at Tenuta Colombara in Livorno Ferraris (Piedmont), the heart of Vercelli province. Acquerello is the ultimate rice, it is aged from 1 to 7 years, slowly refined with an exclusive method recognized with an international patent, and enriched with its own germ to preserve all the nutritional values found only in brown rice. Acquerello is a perfect rice, mainly thanks to its round, firm and tasty grains. Acquerello does not lose its starch, its proteins and its vitamins, it doesn’t stick, it well absorbs cooking liquids and it’s very tasty; moreover it is perfectly suited for any kind of recipe. To conserve all its important characteristics Acquerello is sealed into vacuumed air-free original tin and pack.
The Rondolino family has been cultivating rice since 1935, when Cesare Rondolino bought Tenuta Colombara. At the beginning of the nineties, his son Piero invented the Acquerello project which he is developing nowadays with his wife Maria Nava, his daughter Anna and his sons Rinaldo and Umberto, all passionately working to improve the product with modern and innovative technologies. Today Acquerello is synonymous for Italian excellence in the world, mainly thanks to its uniqueness and extraordinary quality. From the village of Livorno Ferraris, Acquerello is distributed throughout the world: from New Zealand to Peru.
The Torrone della Colombara, that is the production site of Acquerello, is recognized as the most representative place in the history of rice culture, where the preservation of the historical values and culture of the past join with the most up-to-date and modern methods of production. Inside the Colombara estate, in memory of centuries of tradition, an emotive eco-museum is dedicated to rice: old workshops, ancient lodgings, a school, and a rice weeder’s dormitory. Everything has been placed where it once was, without being restored, in order to preserve the history.
Gianni Berengo Gardin, master of Italian photography, has recently dedicate to Torrone Colombara his photographical volume “An Italian Story of Rice”. The book gathers the master photo shots that has eternalized in images the four seasons he lived at the estate from year 2010 to 2011.