About us - Riso Intrepido
The name Intrepido naturally represents all the values that embody the cultivation of rice: courageous, fearless and overcoming any obstacle.
The cultivation process has a taste of challenge, as farmers do not stop and have never stopped.
Born in one of the hardest moments of the last century, we felt that a new project would give enthusiasm and new life to our work. A symbol of family unit in a vital moment of generational transition.

it was 1942

The farm was founded in the Forties by Gaudenzio Brustia together with his brother Antonio. He took over about 60 hectares located in the little village of Castellazzo Novarese.

They were both experienced men because they, as tenants, had been cultivating 200 hectares for years close to the Castle of the village. Gaudenzio and Antonio began there activity innovating and quickly replacing the manual and animal force (horses) with more advanced equipment.

In addition to the innovation of the machinery, Gaudenzio, as Vice President of the Ente Nazionale Risi, was constantly updated on the varieties of rice that can be cultivated by making several trips abroad (Brazil, Spain, Suriname, just to name a few).

Riso Intrepido - 1942 la storia


Starting from 1990 the second generation began to take over Cascina Raffaella. Giovanni Brustia (Gaudenzio’s eldest son) who worked as a manager in a multinational company in Milan began to devote himself also to the cultivation of the whole Cascina Raffaella, reorganizing machinery and workforce and acquiring new fields.
Riso Intrepido - 1990 la storia


Cascina Raffaella presents itself as a reality composed of two farms with a cultivable area of about 90 hectares.

His daughter Ilaria has begun to support her father in managing the activities and in planning new possible investments and together with her brother Andrea and her mother Marina has decided to start offering the rice they love most which is the symbol of their family Sunday lunches. They hope to add new varieties to Baldo Intrepido in the future.

Riso Intrepido: La nostra storia
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