A SUPERIOR TERRITORY
“Wine is the poetry of the earth.”
We grow our vines in the Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG wine production area on the Montello hillside and the gentle slopes of the Asolo hills.
The Asolo Prosecco Superiore wine producing area, a DOC since 1977 and DOCG since 2009, is located north of Venice in the province of Treviso, in the Veneto region, in the hilly districts of the Montello and Asolo Hills: the foothills of the Dolomites.
This area produces an excellent cru within the Prosecco range, thanks to the favourable soil and climate conditions and the terroir, which authorises us to use the Superiore distinction.
Our hills are a guarantee of the quality of the wine with their clay-and-marl soil of medium texture with a sandy bottom, the particularities of the climate in the area with its succession of mild springs, summers that are not too hot, and mild, dry autumns, the favourable south-facing exposure of the vineyards, and the breezes that bring wide temperature variations from day to night.
It was the Benedictine monks who first introduced and cultivated vines in the Asolo and Montello hills; through their work they established the agrarian and viticultural history of the territory, resulting in an established wine production heritage and the wines that are still produced today.
In the latter half of the 14th century, when the area passed into the hands of Serenissima Republic of Venice, the Asolo and Montello hills were immediately recognised as a major wine making area and the wines were exported to other countries from as early as 1400.
The remains of the Abbey of St. Eustachio, a Benedictine monastery built in Nervesa around the year 1000, was where Monsignor Giovanni Della Casa wrote his Rules of Polite Behaviour in 1551.
The area is distinguished by its impressive art and architecture. The Venetian nobility started building their villas, colonnades and hunting lodges with attached vineyards in the hills from as early as 1500, giving an aristocratic feel to the search for goodness and beauty. The hills were highly prized by the most eminent characters, and the wine produced here was compared in Venice with wines from Greece, and taxes imposed on them were a third more since they were considered superior to wines from other regions.
As a result, the landscape has the distinctive quality of integrity that has enabled the preservation of the soil that is so favourable to cultivation.
Our wines are produced in the Asolo area, in the towns of Maser, Caerano di San Marco, Montebelluna and Pederobba.
Maser has long been associated with wine production and is one of the most characteristic and charming places in the Asolo hills. So much so that it was amongst the most popular destinations for the Venetian nobility at one time. In testimony to this, there are a number of impressive Veneto villas remaining in the town, such as Villa Barbaro, an architectural masterpiece by Andrea Palladio (1508-80) with frescoes by Paolo Veronese, a highly respected Renaissance artist.
Considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, Asolo has always been a place rich in culture and history. When it was conquered by the Serenissima Republic of Venice in the late 14th century, the population of Asolo increased along with its prestige, when Caterina Cornaro, the former Queen of Cyprus, came to live in the castle with her court full of artists and writers. In more recent times, the magnificence of Asolo and its pleasant hillsides have attracted intellectuals and prominent personalities such as Eleonora Duse, Robert Browning, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Freya Stark, Gian Francesco Malipiero and Giosuè Carducci (who called it the “city of a hundred horizons”).
CAERANO DI SAN MARCO
Historical accounts reveal that Caerano di San Marco produced large quantities of wine up until the late 19th century, especially the Prosecco variety now known as Glera, which was very popular around the end of the century.
Although the land is mostly flat, the Caerano di San Marco territory nonetheless has a slight elevation called the Rive di Caerano which is a natural continuation of the Montello hill, and has been used for centuries for the cultivation of vines.
At the foot of the historic Piniera (pine grove) that grows along one of the gentle slopes of the ridge, is where one of the Agricola Bogana vineyards is now located.
Situated on the slopes of Monte Grappa and bathed by the river Piave, the Pederobba territory has long been associated with agriculture because of the numerous irrigation channels that were constructed in the 1500s by the Serenissima Republic of Venice. The Counts of Onigo, an influential noble family who were resident here from the Middle Ages, gave their name to one of the nearby villages and left a legacy to the town with the ruins of the Mura Bastia, a mediaeval castle nestling in the Pederobbi hills and the scene of many skirmishes between the Onigo family and the terrible Ezzelino da Romano, a warlord who laid waste to the Treviso district in the early 1200s.