Vine cultivation and winemaking has its roots in the era of the Serenissima Republic of Venice in the Montello and Asolo Hills area, with preference for the better known wines from the nearby hills in the province of Treviso.
Montello is mentioned in the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, referring to the Ezzelino dynasty. It was the heart of the renaissance court of Queen Cornaro and is also often depicted by the great 16th century artist Giorgione. At that time the vineyards played a fundamental role for all the large estates, with the typical Veneto villas at their centre. The cellars organized in the barchesse – specially designed farm buildings – were already in use back in 1400. The large Montello Hill, formerly entirely covered by an oak wood, was a pioneer natural park, and special edicts issued by the Republic of Venice protected the wooded heritage with very strict laws, and the wood was used both to build the Venetian fleet of ships and also the wine barrels. Montello has always had a natural vocation for vine cultivation, owing to its special clay soil, medium roughness with a gravel bed and its fortuitous climatic exposure: two fundamental elements that generated the perfect hydrogeological conditions to cultivate the great vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, followed also by the more recent varieties of Carmenere, which design the slopes and plains in front of the hills, together with the areas dedicated to Prosecco, Bianchetta, Manzoni bianco, Pinot and Chardonnay.