About Us

Col Vetoraz is located on the very top of the homonymous hill next to the “Mont” of Cartizze in S. Stefano di Valdobbiadene. We are on one of the highest point in Cartizze, 400 metres above sea level, from where the view swips over the entire area, the hamlet “Fol” on the east side and the hamlet “Sacol” on the west side.

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Francesco Miotto, Loris Dall'Acqua and Paolo De Bortoli 

Miotto Family settled down in Col Vetoraz in 1838 and started growing vines (Prosecco Superiore and Cartizze Superiore). In 1993 Francesco, a direct descendant of Miotto family, together with Paolo De Bortoli, agronomist and myself established the current Col Vetoraz, creating an heterogeneous and challenging team-work. In these last years the growth in experience of Col Vetoraz has been renowned and we think we have reached a good starting point in order to contribute to the identification and qualification of our wonderful land.

Loris Dall’Acqua
winemaker in Valdobbiadene

 

Our History

Valdobbiadene DOCG has been cultivated for a long time in the Treviso foothills, more precisely in the Hills that runs from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano. The history of a wine, especially one of ancient origins, is intimately linked not only to the land where it is produced, but also to the events that have marked over the time the life of the generations that have succeeded in the local territory. Valdobbiadene DOCG, grown for over 10 centuries in the foothills of the Marca Trevigiana running from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano, has significantly influenced the habits, the customs, the traditions and the economy of the local community.

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Wineyards

The origins of Valdobbiadene DOCG are indeed ancient, dating back even prior to the Roman colonization in the 2nd century BC, as witnessed in the famous verses by Virgil describing this land, where “the flexible vines weave light shadows”. Very little is known about the varieties growing in these hills during the Roman times, nonetheless there is historical mention of this wine. According to some researchers the actual Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is the same variety that was used to make the much vaunted Pucino, a wine that Augustus' wife, the empress Livia, credited for her longevity, and that was thus described: “No other wine is better for medicinal purposes”. Even Pliny the Elder, in the review of the main wines known in Caesar’s Rome, spoke of the Pucino, lauding it as one of the great wines served at the tables of Roman dignitaries, as well as a wine that could make people live longer. In the late roman times San Venanzio Fortunato, the Bishop of Poitiers (535 - 603), remembered his native country by saying: “Terra duplavensis, where the vine eternally flourishes, beneath the mountains with naked peaks”.

The period of maximum splendor for the vines and the wines of the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano area was in the 15th,16th and the first half of the 17th centuries. Many documents from this time clearly show how important and well appreciated the wine made in these hills was, and how it was source of a reliable and profitable export business, above all towards the Germanic countries and Venice.
The first decades of the 18th century saw a decline in local agriculture and winemaking, culminating in the exceptional frosts of 1709 that killed off most of the vineyards, and forced farmers to grow more rustic and less precious grape varieties. As some documents show, the poor quality of the wines made in this period also depended on the inexperience of the farmers, who started to neglect the vineyards, and to harvest the grapes before they were fully ripe.
This period of decline was followed by a recovery that lasted almost until the end of the 18th century, and that involved many agricultural and cultural initiatives aimed at reviving the ancient splendor of local viticulture, such as the establishment of the academies, as part of the reforms enacted by Government of Venetian Republic. The fall of the Serenissima in 1797 does not however restrained the local people willingness from continuing the revival of viticulture and winemaking.
Following the Congress of Vienna, the Austrian governors of the Lombardo-Venetian kingdom commissioned a survey of the grape varieties present in the area for agricultural purposes, the following observation was made: “The grapes grown in the hills of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano are Perera, Peverella, Pignoletta, Verdisa, Marzemino nero, Prosecco and Bianchetta, and these are used to make highly requested wines in the markets of Carinthia and Germany. In the Valdobbiadene district, white grapes are preferred, and make exquisite wines”.
However 1880 saw the start of a black period: the downy mildew together with oidium began to progressively reduce the cultivation of the vine. Further in 1900 the vine pest destroyed most of the vineyards, followed by the devastation brought by the First World War. The monograph on the growing of Prosecco published in 1887 says: “In the Conegliano area Prosecco is losing ground day by day due to the scourge of oidium, downy mildew and inclement weather, and now it survives almost exclusively in the Valdobbiadene district and in the hills of Pieve di Soligo, Soligo, Solighetto, Farra, Follina and Col San Martino”.
In the post-war and post-downy mildew period, only the tenacity of the local population allowed a revival in the cultivation of the vine. This renewal process brought deep transformation in local vines viniculture, which started taking on the connotations we know today. This marked the beginning of the era of the specialization and selection, with the dominant presence of the Prosecco varieties, the main ones being:

  • Prosecco Bianco or Prosecco Balbi
  • Prosecco Tondo, or Prosecco Gentile, or Prosecco Minuto
  • Prosecco Lungo

Videos

Loris Dall'Acqua - Vinitaly 2018.
'RistoTV' channel
Vinitaly 2018: 25 years of Col Vetoraz
'Verde a Nordest' channel

 

Col Vetoraz: obiettivo estero (Vinitaly 2018)
'EFA News European Food Agency' channel
Col Vetoraz presso Candelori's Restaurant & Bar | Sidney

Candelori's Ambassador of Col Vetoraz 2016/17