The history of the farm
A deep bond lost in the mists of time, passing down the fertile floodplains of Gualtieri through the generations.
In love with the splendour of the small Reggio village and the fertility of the land, Marco Guarienti (grandfather of the present Count Marco) decreed Gualtieri as the land of choice, selecting Villa Malaspina as his summer residence and managing the farm in the floodplain as a sharecropper.
His father, Francesco Guarienti gave further impetus to agricultural activity. A medical luminary, who was awarded the honorary citizenship of Gualtieri for his generosity in opening his pro bono surgery to the less well-off, and who deeply loved his adopted land. Thus in 1972, with the support of his wife Myra, he decided to set up Tenuta Santa Vittoria, prophesying: “Here good melons will grow”. Myra, a crucial figure in the co-management of the farm, contributed to its prosperity, sharing her husband’s dedication to the land.
Tenuta Santa Vittoria, initially under arable crops, was transformed by his son Marco, who became an agronomist to make his parents’ prophecy come true and in 1993 started growing melons, moving to Gualtieri on a permanent basis.
Today Count Marco Guarienti Torello runs the family farm himself, with the same passion that his parents passed down to him.