A strong and restless spirit.
Wildbacher has a complicated history that we would like to share with you…
The name Wildbacher originates from a region of the Deutschlandsberg countryside in Western Styria, Austria, called Schilchergegend, meaning “the region of brilliant wine”, and corresponds to the name of the district where it was initially cultivated – Wildbacher – which literally means “wild, unbridled streamlet”, foretelling the future of this restless variety.
Two hundred years ago, the variety was brought from Styria to Susegana, in the March of Treviso – the only area of Italy that has welcomed the Wildbacher grape.
Although strong and rustic, it was not highly valued at that time. Nevertheless, the farmers in Veneto were able to cultivate it where other varieties could not survive.
Wildbacher’s difficulties were not over, however. The hills of the March of Treviso were found to be particularly well-suited for cultivating Prosecco, white wine grapes, and a few highly-valued red grapes.
The rustic variety of Styrian origin fell into oblivion, destined to remain on the less illustrious margins of local winegrowing.
The fact that Wildbacher is now being discussed to praise the variety’s virtues and tell its story is all thanks to Martino Zanetti. A connoisseur of genuine wines, a shrewd entrepreneur, and an enthusiastic producer, Zanetti decided to take a chance on those rare rows of Wildbacher vines that happened to be discovered on his estate.
By entrusting expert agronomists with conducting an in-depth study of the vines and asking his oenologists to discover the best conditions to accentuate the characteristics of this exclusive wine, Wildbacher has been able to achieve its fullest expression, offering astonishing colours and aromas.