Simple and rich by tradition
Located between Emilia Romagna and Veneto, in the provinces of Ferrara and Rovigo, the area for cultivating Po Delta Rice PGI (Riso del Delta del Po IGP) is the result of slow sedimentation and transformation carried out by the Po river over the centuries.
In the area of Rovigo, Po Delta Rice PGI (Riso del Delta del Po IGP) is grown in alluvial, clayey and silty terrains. In the Ferrara area the soils have a strong peat component. What unites the entire production area is the slow draining capacity of the land, with great mineral fertility.
Cultivated near the sea, low levels of relative humidity and sea breezes keep the rice plants dry and healthy, reducing the use of treatments. The combination of favourable climatic and environmental factors contributes to making Po Delta Rice PGI (Riso del Delta del Po IGP) a gastronomic excellence.
A centuries-long history
"A rice among the finest, if not the finest in Italy"
2012The Consortium for the Protection of Po Delta Rice PGI (Riso del Delta del Po IGP) was established thanks to the efforts of 12 founding members: a group of Venetian companies joined by the primary rice farms of Ferrara. Currently the Consortium has 31 member companies.
2009The European Commission awards Protected Geographical Indication to Po Delta Rice (Riso del Delta del Po). The path for obtaining certification started in 2002
1990The areas used for the cultivation of rice in the Po Delta increase after the contraction of the previous decades, due in part to the floods of the 1950s and 1960s, and partly to management difficulties in the 1980s
1950Declaration by the Head of the Venetian Department of Agricultural Inspection: "Rice is the most suitable crop, a way of reclaiming marshland, the means to transform the earth, make it more suitable for other herbaceous crops, in a word, more fruitful [...] The rice that is produced in this area is, for its intrinsic qualities, among the finest, if not finest in Italy"
1850The rice fields in the territory of the Po Delta cover 4,000 hectares thanks to the reclamation work started in the previous century by important Venetian families. The cultivation of rice in the delta areas for crop rotation contributed to the growth of these areas situated between land and water
1495First evidence of areas used for rice fields in the Po Delta region. The decision to cultivate rice was linked to efforts to reclaim the marsh areas, the first stage of agricultural development of the new lands. Cultivating rice made the land available to accommodate other crops more quickly