Tenuta Duca di Casalanza Winery
Located less than 15 mi. from world famous Venice and also in close proximity to Milan and Verona (all of which have international airports), the Duca di Casalanza estate is situated in the Treviso province, and more specifically in the town of Mogliano Veneto. The estate is in the heart of the Production Zone of the famous Prosecco. The entire property comprises 280 hectares, from which, after careful division, 35 hectares of vineyard have been identified. In the year 2000 an ambitious project was undertaken, a most fascinating challenge: the adoption of an extreme method of vine dressing with 9700 plants per hectare! In an area where by tradition, model vineyards are made up of 1000/1500 plants per hectare, the planting of 9700 signified an act of revolution and, in addition, the overall height of each of the estate’s vines has been lowered from 1.5 to 0.5 metres from the ground.
All this has of course brought with it new requirements, and, for the first time in the territory’s history, the estate has been completely renovated and adapted to this extremely modern and pioneering method of viticulture. In order to oversee this radical viticultural and enological renovation, Dr. Maurizio Quadrelli, the estate’s agronomist can count on the expert collaboration of Dr. Stefano Chioccioli, one of Italy’s finest winemakers. All of the vineyards are carefully selected for clones and vine management scrupulously follows the most modern methods available, in the aim of producing the highest quality of grapes, whilst carefully respecting the environment. The layout of the vineyards is precisely arranged to make it possible for GPS controlled machinery to perform most of the work automatically.
The varieties grown comprise Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Prosecco, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, which have always been grown in this area, complemented by Raboso Piave, a native grape variety, which in such a viticultural context can express its maximum qualitative potential.
The progenitor of the family, Baron Federico Bianchi, after having completed the “cursus honorum” of the Austrian army was named Marshal of the Empire to Franz II of Hapsburg in 1815. While at the head of the Austrian army, he defeated Gioacchino Murat, who had been named King of Naples by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807. After the victory, which brought Ferdinand of Bourbon to the throne as the King of Naples, as a sign of recognition towards this great strategist and his savior, bestowed the title of Duca di Casalanza upon Marshal Bianchi, already Baron of the Empire.
In 1821, having withdrawn with great honour from military life, Federico Bianchi bought the vast estate on the outskirts of Venice from the Venetian banker, Angelo Papadopoli, in the town of Mogliano Veneto, to dedicate himself to his former passion, vine cultivation and wine production.
Since then, six generations of his noble successors have contributed to render the estate a prestigious reference point for the whole region respecting the traditions of the family name while continuously researching the quality which has always set this family’s history apart.
Today, this commitment to quality and excellence is visible in the new vineyards and cellar overseen by the present Baron Federico Bianchi.
Also available separately is the adjacent residence, Villa Bianchi. Please inquire for more information.
- Price $8,950,000
- Neighborhood Mogliano Veneto
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