About us

Hort@ provides highly-specialised services to the agricultural and agri-industrial sectors to increase their competitivity and sustainability, while guaranteeing and enhancing food safety.

We currently apply the results of research in the agri-food sector by:

A bit of history

Hort @, was born in 2008 as a spin off of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. It was started by five founding members (Vittorio Rossi and Tito Caffi, professors at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Pierluigi Meriggi and Simona Giosuè) whose goal is to translate innovative research results into agricultural practices.

The people

Starting from the experience in the Research & Development field with a wide range of national and international connections, over the years the staff has been enhanced by the arrival of young professionals.

Pierluigi Meriggi


Simona Giosuè

Administration coordinator

Giuseppe Piacentino

Sales coordinator

Tiziano Bettati

IT sector coordinator

Matteo Ruggeri

Cereal, corn and sunflower sector coordinator

Sara Elisabetta Legler

Grapevine sector coordinator​

Giovanni Giuntoli

Legumes sector coordinator​

Vittoria Bardelloni

Grapevine experimental trials coordinator

Fiorenza Richelmi

Marketing and communication

Nicole Moretti

Sales area

Benedetta Girometta

After-sales support

Valentina Manstretta

Research and Development

Francesca Passuello

Research and Development

Roberta Bertuzzi

Research and Development, Administration

Daniela Corradi

Olives sector technical area​

Marta Corbetta

Grapevine sector technical area

Fabio Scaglia

Grapevine sector technical area

Marco Ilic


Cristian Veronesi


Alessandro Mennillo


Michele Ciuffreda


Cristian Benini

Agrometeorological network coordinator​

Emanuele Eusepi

Agrometeorological network

Benedetta Volta

Industrial crops technical area

Nicolò Minghelli

Industrial crops technical area

Davide Meriggi

Industrial crops technical area

Alessia Castellucci

Industrial crops technical area

Marina Carchia

Industrial crops technical area

Saverio Terribile

Industrial crops technical area

Rolando Carchia

Industrial crops technical area

Antonella Mavilia

Industrial crops technical area

Greta Polidori

Industrial crops technical area

Gabriele Cola

R&D consultant, agrometeorology

Gianluca Grillo

Consultant for cereals sector​

Asterios Kartsiaflekis

Consultant Greece​

Zvezdomir Jelev

Consultant Bulgaria

Laszlo Zsombik

Consultant Hungary​

Vivien Pàl

Consultant Hungary​