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More than one thousand years ago, in A.D. 958 or 959, the Italian King Berengario II gave to Rambaldo, ancestor of the Collalto family, the area called Corte Lovadina. Written in Latin the words above are the description of the content of this donation. The Collalto family still owns this and the surrounding lands.
Just 45 miles due north of Venice, the Collalto estate stretches from the hills of Susegana to the plains of Santa Lucia di Piave and as far as the municipality of Pieve di Soligo. Its 3,200 acres are home to animals such as horses, cattle, swine and sheep, with arable fields and hills marked by woodlands, castles, vineyards, agritourism and farmhouses.
The signs of history, culture and nature co-exist with farming practices that fully respect what is a centuries-long tradition passed down by the Collato family. Ninni and Caterina di Collalto, together with their mother Trinidad and Caterina’s husband, Lodovico Giustiniani, carry on the family traditions of overseeing a company diverse in agriculture. The company philosophy is firmly rooted in sustainable farming methods. This means limiting environmental impact and reducing pesticides. It means creating energy through the use of renewable sources. It means protecting the countryside, preserving it, improving it and revering it.
Environmental responsibility pervades the work carried out on the farm and takes shape in the use of renewable sources for the production of agri-energy. Fresh from the fields and farms come produce that is unique in its authenticity and traceability, such as meats, salamis, flours, and cheeses.
A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.
Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.
Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special. Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.
The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. With this method, dead yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful and toasty flavors. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.