Simple and rich by tradition


A centuries-long history

"A rice among the finest, if not the finest in Italy"
  • 2012

    The 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.
  • 2009

    The European Commission awards Protected Geographical Indication to Po Delta Rice (Riso del Delta del Po). The path for obtaining certification started in 2002
  • 1990

    The 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
  • 1950

    Declaration 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"
  • 1850

    The 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
  • 1495

    First 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
Transformed, not processed




After eight years, rice crops should alternate with different crops for a period of at least two years. This rotation allows a better control of infesting plants and fungal diseases, and consequently a lower use of treatments.


The soil is harrowed, levelled and then flooded to allow better absorption and flow of water. The submersion phase of the rice field is particularly useful to protect the seeds first and then the plants from temperature fluctuations.


Sowing can take place on submerged or non-submerged paddy fields.


Once the rice has been harvested it must be dried with dryers that do not leave combustion residues or foreign odours. Dried rice must have a moisture content of less than 14%.


Po Delta Rice PGI (Riso del Delta del Po IGP) is processed to ensure a pleasant appearance for the consumer. "Husking" serves to eliminate the chaff from raw rice, called paddy rice. Finally, bleaching precedes packaging in boxes or bags of different sizes.