Asolo DOCG: a tale of history, wines and tradition.
History of Asolo
Asolo beginnings are as a paleovenetian center linked to farming and wool trade. In the Roman Era it becomes ‘municipium’ with jurisdiction over the plain below until the river Piave. In the early Middle Ages, Asolo is Episcopalian and consolidates its strategic importance with the construction of the imposing fortress. After a short domain of Scaligeri from Verona the city passes to the Serenissima, the heyday for the city: Venice favors the population of the area, while Caterina Cornaro Queen of Cyprus move in the castle with a rich accompanying court of artists and poets. . After a series of political upheavals, in 1815 the area became Austrian permanently as part of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia. In 1866 Asolo goes along with Veneto and join the Kingdom of Italy. In these times the amenity of the area attracts a large number of intellectuals, including Robert Browning, Eugene Benson, Henry James, Freya Stark and Eleonora Duse. During World War I, Asolo is very close from the war-front: among its hills and trenches are still remnants of that huge fight, which this year will celebrate the century’s anniversary.
Villa Barbini Rinaldi is one of the most significant houses in the province. Some similarities with the nearby Villa Barbaro accredit the idea that the building has been designed by one of the many followers of Palladio, spread between 1500 and 1600, the Venetian mainland. Francesco Rinaldi, one of the owners transformed the building in 1663 with the ambitious purpose of making one of the largest villas on the mainland: the central body is raised and the two wings are expanded. The result is a new perspective layout, very unique Venetian villas of the seventeenth century: with its upward movement in front of the main building overlooking the entire composition.I Barbini later commissioned painters of the Venetian school a series of frescoes in the inner rooms. Andrea Celestial, Liberi and Diziani: just some of the authors of the magnificent frescoes that decorate the interior of this house.The villa has two barns, two little churches and a beautiful private park, divided between the hill and the plan. The magnificent garden behind the villa takes advantage of the slope of the terrain articulated in different levels, each of which contains the prospect within a fifth of green. . Just in front of the wonderful villa lie our grapes Viti di Bacco: lost in the air of the hills and breathing with open leaves the history and the culture of this stunning area.
Protected and Garanteed Origin Prosecco: the most worldwide exported wine.
In the early sixteenth century in Trieste, in order to give it more visibility, Ribolla wine was declared a natural heir of a famous wine of antiquity: the Pucino. The need to distinguish ribolla Trieste from other wines produced at lower costs in Istria, will lead to a change of name, and especially to a precise geographic characterization: the castellum Pucinum noble wine or Castello di Prosecco, a little town up the hills in Friuli. The method of vinification, true distinguishing feature of Prosecco, it spread first in Gorizia, in Dalmatia and in Treviso. . Over the centuries, the production in the area of origin went diminishing, while experienced a growing development in their own areas of the province of Treviso and in particular in the hills Asolo and Valdobbiadene. The extraordinary success of Prosecco from the second post-war period has created a series of attempts to imitate the world: becoming urgent a legislative regulation that impede the phenomenon, it became necessary to reconnect the Venetian production with the name of the location of the original Prosecco, in while restoring the old names – “Glera” and “Glera long” – of the grapes. It was therefore decided to create an area adjacent production much larger than the previous year, including even some provinces where the Prosecco was never produced or produced in limited quantities. . Since 2009, the two areas of excellence of prosecco become the two DOCG (of controlled and guaranteed origin) “Conegliano Valdobbiadene” and “Colli asolani”. Today is over 8000 wine cellars and 269 sparkling wine houses are dedicated to the production, placing on the market over 330 million bottles a year – mostly exported – for a total turnover of more than 3 billion Euros. For the first time in 2013 sales exceeded those of champagne in the world. . No matter how easy it would be to lose ourselves in what seems to be a neverending commercial success, Viti di Bacco still stand for tradition, honest work and love for the environment.
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