This is the story of a territory once among the poorest in Italy, which thanks to tenacious work has become the Mecca of quality Italian rice. Located in the north-east of Piedmont, Baraggia gently slopes down from Monte Rosa to the plain of Vercelli. The pure, impetuous water descends from the Alps along with the winds that make the nights cold and the temperature cooler in summer. It is a territory of hard and clayey plateaus, very difficult to cultivate, a landscape composed of vast prairies alternating with moors. In ancient times they called it the baraggia: word that indicates an even drier moorland, unsuitable even for grazing animals. Here, heroic agriculture combined with the ingenuity of the farmers changed the connotations and the destiny of a territory. Only rice could be cultivated. And so they did. Over the centuries the territory was shaped by the hand of man, the water was channeled with dams from the mountains to the fields, creating embankments, canals that water the rivers Sesia and Elvo and bathe the territory between Biella and Vercelli. The fresh mountain water irrigates the fields in squares where the clouds are reflected and generates an alpine rice, the most Nordic among those cultivated, with a hard, small and compact grain. Due to the harsh climate, the farmers had to make an effort to find resistant crossbreeds, including the famous Arborio, symbol of the great Italian risotto. Just as in the Langhe the impervious soil with low yields gave birth to the King of Wines, so in Baraggia from the Alpine waters came to light the best Italian rice.   


Il Consorzio

The Consorzio di Tutela della DOP Riso di Baraggia Biellese e Vercellese was recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on November 15, 2007. It is in charge of the protection, promotion and enhancement functions. The PDO rice supply chain is composed of farms, rice mills and packers operating in the territory of Baraggia Piemontese. There are 28 municipalities between Biella and Vercelli included in the area of cultivation, harvesting and processing of Baraggia DOP rice. Every step of the production process must be checked to verify that the origin and the production methods comply with the specifications.

The Consortium is also at the forefront in Italy in the promotion of rice culture and in the creation of seminars to train rice tasters, a discipline with great potential for development already consolidated for wine sommeliers and cheese tasters, which starts from raw tasting, visual examination of the cultivar and grain, raw perfume, tactile examination, to create that greater awareness of quality that is the true future of Made in Italy, even for restaurateurs and professionals.     

Historical notes

 Rice was already widespread in Asia three thousand years before Christ: but it arrived in Europe - and in Vercelli - only after the plagues of 1300 thanks to the Venetians. It was rice that saved the European people from extinction. In a document of a municipality of Baraggia in 1600, we learn that rice paddies were created because the soil was not suitable for anything other than sowing rice. In 1929 Baraggia was officially included in the 8 most depressed areas of Italy.  Land reclamation works, dams and artificial lakes were needed. The people of Baraggia set to work and began to promote the culture of rice also with sporting events such as the Rice Racing, where Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali challenged each other by bicycle. Here was shot the film Riso Amaro: the mondine arrived from all over Italy to the station of Vercelli for seasonal work. They slept all together in the sheds on rice straw and worked night and day, with mosquitoes that gave no respite and rice sickness that caused horrible bubbles in the legs for too many hours barefoot in the water. Thanks to the Agrarian Consortium in the 60s came the reclamation: light and water entered the farmers' houses. It was the beginning of the progress of a territory that from poverty has become famous all over the world for the extraordinary quality of its rice.


the making of

 Riso di Baraggia is the only Italian DOP rice. It is produced in 28 municipalities in the provinces of Biella and Vercelli. It is grown in rice fields: perfectly leveled fields, divided into very low basins by embankments 30-40 centimeters high. It is an annual cycle cereal, it is sown in spring and harvested at the end of summer. The drying of the product must be carried out with machinery that does not produce odours in order not to damage the quality of the grains. The paddy rice is then subjected to special processes, debarking and bleaching it.  This is followed by the calibration operations with which the grains are divided by size. Arborio, Baldo, Balilla, Carnaroli, Gladio, Loto and S. Andrea are the seven different varieties protected and guaranteed by the Consortium. Baraggia rice is incomparable in quality. S. Andrea is a typical variety of the territory and takes its name from the historical Abbey of Vercelli, where it is used for the preparation of the typical dish: Panissa.


The true quality of Baraggia rice emerges in the kitchen. The consistency of the grain, the cooking hold and its natural ability to release starch during the mantecatura phase, make it unbeatable for risotto.  Baraggia rice has many uses: Arborio is excellent for risottos, Baldo is suitable for baking, Balilla for rice cakes. The Carnaroli variety is unbeatable for risottos, but also for the tastiest preparations, such as baked stuffed vegetables, rice salads, cakes, pancakes. The S. Andrea is suitable for creamy risottos, soups in broth and rice flans. It is also the best choice for arancini, gastronomic specialties of southern Italy. The Loto and Gladio variety, very consistent, lend themselves well for the side dishes.



Andreoletti Pietro ed Ettore
Ferraris Massimo

Produttore Giardino Bresciano

13040 Rovasenda

Via Roma, 55 – 13031 Arborio (VC)
Tel: +39 339 2533038

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Via A. Barile, 20 – 13030 Greggio (VC)

Invernizzi Leonardo

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Corso Umberto I, 120 – 13031 Arborio (VC)
Telefono 0161 86247  338 5843995

Luca Saviolo
Cambieri Angelo e Raffaele

Produttore Valletta II n. 15 – 13040 Buronzo (VC)

Ferraris Cristiano

Via Giovanni XXIII n 5 – 13031 Arborio (VC)
Tel: +39 338 1276123


Produttore e impresa di lavorazione/confezionatore
Cascina Mirabella, 9 – Casanova Elvo (VC)
Tel: +39 329 5413380

Riseria Merlano

Impresa di lavorazione/confezionatore
S.S. Trossi 230, n. 38 – 13040 Buronzo (VC)
Tel: +39 0161 855502

Goio Piero e Emanuele
Soc. Coop. La Baraggia

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Via Gattinara 13/A – 13040 Rovasenda (VC)
Tel: +39 349 7362304

Merlano Monica

Via Vittorio Veneto, 30 – 13040 Buronzo (VC)

Riseria di Rovasenda

Piazza Castello, 8 – 13034 Desana (VC)
Tel: +39 015 99445

Tomasoni Silvia

Cascina S.Teresa
Via S. Giacomo 9 – 13862 Brusnengo (BI)

Goio Oscar

Impresa di lavorazione
Via dell’Artigianato 4 – 13040 Rovasenda (VC)
Tel: +39 0161 856248


Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Cascina Marcellengo – 13885 Salussola (BI)

Tomasoni Virgilio e Matteo

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Via Rovasenda 200, Cascina S. Rita
13862 Brusnengo (BI)

Azienda Agricola Bona Giovanni

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione/confezionatore
Cascina Belvedere
San Giacomo Vercellese (VC)
Tel: +39 338 5343378

Azienda Agricola Musso

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Via Tenuta Masina, 11 – 13040 Carisio (VC)
Tel: +39 0161 858003

De Caroli Celestino

Tenuta Marena – 13030 Casanova Elvo (VC)

Riserie d'Italia

Via Torino, 5/A
28064 – Carpignano Sesia (NO)
Tel: +39 0321 825122

Via Gattinara 4 – 13030 Ghislarengo (VC)


Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Via G. Ferrari 40 – 13030 Ghislarengo (VC)
Tel: +39 338 3743589

Eleonora Bertolone

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione/confezionatore
Via Roma, 27 – 13030 Collobiano (VC)
Tel: +39 335 5882969

Riso Guerrini

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione/confezionatore
Via Mazzini 38 – 13885 Salussola (BI)
Tel: +39 0161 939829

Lancini Renato

Cascina Ines Bice – 13040 Buronzo (VC)

Musso Claudio

Cascina Gedda
13030 San Giacomo Vercellese (VC)

Azienda Agricola Zaccaria Carlo

Produttore e impresa di lavorazione
Cascina Margaria 8 – 13885 Salussola (BI)
Tel: +39 0161 998235