Vendrame – Vignis Del Doge founded by my great grandfather, is to this day very much a family affair. I make the wines, my brother Simone together with my father, take care of the vineyards and my mother takes care of the office. This is how it always has been and hopefully how it will remain with the next generations, a family winery.
These lands were culitivated by our family on behalf of the the last Doge of Venice as these were originally his lands, past down from generation to generation and tendered by us tennants on his behalf. The Doge would spend the summer months here at Villa Manin and when the Venetian Republic finally became part of the Kingdom of Italy, the lands were slowly sold to the tenants by the Doges decendants and whatever was not sold, appropriated by the region of Friuli Venezia & Giulia.
Over time due to one thing and other (dissolution of the Venetian Republic, two world wars ect), my family stopped botteling our wine but continued to plant vines, grow corn and maize and then my father, with much protest from my mother, decided that it was time to start vinifying our grapes and sell the wine to the local enotece. This went on for a number of years until my brother and I decided it was time to make our mark in the world and our family once again started to bottle our wines first for sale here in Northen Italy and now to the world.
Our vines are the same as those planted by the previous generations and as such we create wines which are in a sense traditional wines, Refosco, Friulano, Ribolla Gialla as well as Glera (Prosecco) and Sauvignon. My father has planted some Cabernet Franc and as such this wine has also become part of our family.
In conclusion, we are here to do what we have always done and hopefully my children and theirs will continue to do. Make wines from our grapes. Make wines that have and always will evolve from generation to generation as after all every generation has fresh ideas yet at the same time maintain the traditions of the previous generations.