On the Vine: Italo Cescon

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Published on March 07, 2012

Italo Cescon's vineyard is located in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. The area of Doc Piave, in which Italo Cescon cultivates 80 ha of vineyards , covers a vast plain of Veneto that is confined to the south by the Adriatic Sea, to the northwest by the gentle hills of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, is crossed by the river Piave, and to northeast it borders the region Friuli Venezia Giulia.  This region is characterized by the ancient vocation of wine growing.  In addition,  the first Oenological School of Italy was founded there in 1876. 

What makes a wine different? great? unique?  It is the combination of soil, climate, vine, local knowledge, agronomic and oenological techniques with a long evolution. The territory has to be transferred to the bottle, thus allowing the wines to have their unmistakable sensory profile. The Veneto area is characterized by the complex composition of its soils and its different climates that enable the winery to produce wines of outstanding quality. The soils consist of alluvial sands due to frequent Piave river flooding of the fields and the vineyards during the centuries, and are wetted by deep watercourses: this particular conformation of grounds gives wines their unique flavors. In particular, white wine's aromas are enriched thanks to the “Grave” soil that is an extensive zone formed of large alluvial cones by the river Piave (and Tagliamento for our vineyard in Friuli Venezia Giulia, next to Veneto), which in the course of thousands of years, has deposited enormous quantities of chalky calcium magnesium carbonate torn from the mountains by the violence of the waters and dragged along the river beds into the valleys.

The tradition of celebrating the harvesting of grapes and their precious juice, the wine,  pays off after twelve months of hard work in the vineyards.  The most important moment of the year is characterized by long days among the sunny rows and the coolness of the cellar, by tired arms and must colored hands.  In the Veneto region, due to its millenary wine history, from the end of August, wherever you look, you can see vineyards bursting with lush red and golden grapes, and groups of people working their way down the fields, picking them while re-discovering some old practices, typical of our country lands.

This information is adapted from Italo Cescon's website.  View website now