Restora­tion work

Wines and mon­u­ments given new life by Giusti Wines in Italy’s Mon­tello re­gion

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On a warm sum­mer’s evening this year, a con­cert was held to cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of the Abbey of Sant’Eus­ta­chio, thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of the Giusti Fam­ily. This Bene­dic­tine monastery dates back to 1062 and was where Mon­signor Della Casa com­posed his opera “Il Gala­teo” in the 16th cen­tury. Badly dam­aged in the First World War, the Giusti restora­tion project of 600 days’ work has brought the site back to life. Open all year round, vis­i­tors ar­rive for ex­cur­sions, walks, tast­ings and spe­cial events.

It’s not only mon­u­ments that Giusti has re­stored. The Abbey of Sant’Eus­ta­chio is sur­rounded by es­tates be­long­ing to Giusti Wine, where vine­yards cul­ti­vated with pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion pro­vide the grapes for sev­eral dif­fer­ent wines.

One of the grape va­ri­eties cul­ti­vated here is Re­cantina, an an­cient na­tive va­ri­ety that was at risk of ex­tinc­tion be­fore Giusti and other wineries in the re­gion, res­cued it and dis­cov­ered how to use it again. In fact, Re­cantina has been used in the Mon­tello hills for about four cen­turies, de­spite al­most dis­ap­pear­ing in Napoleonic times, and was al­ways con­sid­ered to be a high qual­ity grape.

To­day, its qual­ity can be seen in the Giusti wine called Au­gusto (100% Re­cantina), which is very pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tion­ally. The qual­ity of the Re­cantina orig­i­nates in the vine­yards: grapes come from south-fac­ing densely planted vines (up to 5000 per hectare, grown in the com­pany’s Tenuta Aria Valentina) in chalky, iron-rich soil. Grapes are picked in the first 10 days of Oc­to­ber and af­ter vini­fi­ca­tion the wine is left to ma­ture in Slove­nian oak casks for 12-24 months. A pe­riod of bot­tle-age­ing fol­lows, be­fore the wine is re­leased. the market.

Pas­sion for Italy

The hilly area of Mon­tello, where the Giusti com­pany is based, is lo­cated in the North East of Italy, in the Veneto, a re­gion fa­mous all over the world for its beauty, from the city of Venice to the Dolomites.

In 2004, Ermenegildo Giusti, a Cana­dian en­tre­pre­neur with fam­ily ori­gins in the Veneto, de­cided to

pro­duce wines in the Mon­tello re­gion, whose rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity went back to the time of the Serenis­sima Re­pub­lic of Venice.

Start­ing with only two hectares of vine­yards, Ermenegildo has de­vel­oped the project with pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm, and his es­tates now com­prise over 100ha of land, of which 75 are cul­ti­vated with vines. The aim is to pro­duce qual­ity wines, from Asolo Prosecco Su­pe­ri­ore DOCG to Pinot Gri­gio, from clas­sic Bordeaux blends to dis­til­lates.

“The ob­jec­tive of Giusti Wine is to pro­mote our ter­ri­tory and, more gen­er­ally, Italy. We are proud of our na­tion that has so many riches, from beauty of the en­vi­ron­ment to art, from his­tory to fash­ion. Wine is the ideal in­ter­preter of Ital­ian style,” com­ments Ermenegildo Giusti

The en­hance­ment of the ter­ri­tory also in­cludes de­vel­op­ment of wine tourism, which means wine lovers from all over the world can have a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of the beauty of the re­gion. To best ac­com­mo­date those who want to spend a week­end in con­tact with na­ture or who want to have a very spe­cial set­ting for a wed­ding, the Giusti es­tates have two spe­cial lo­ca­tions: Coun­try House Abazia and Coun­try House Case Rolando.

A new win­ery: har­mony with the en­vi­ron­ment

To­day, Ermenegildo Giusti’s new goal is to com­plete the con­struc­tion of the new win­ery, con­ceived as a work of art per­fectly in­serted into the nat­u­ral land­scape. It will re­spect some fun­da­men­tal pa­ram­e­ters, such as the pro­duc­tion of en­ergy from re­new­able sources, the pro­tec­tion and re­cov­ery of wa­ter, and be­ing in har­mony with the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Its shape will blend in nat­u­rally with the ground. Built on five floors, up to a depth of 8 me­ters be­low the sur­face of the ground, the win­ery will be topped by a vine­yard and a panoramic view­ing point over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Mon­tello hills with their ever-chang­ing colours.

Vis­i­tors will be wel­come, and a spe­cial tun­nel will lead them on a path through the var­i­ous sec­tions of the win­ery. The route will end in an un­der­ground “square”, cov­ered with vine­yards above, fur­nished with trees and en­hanced by a wa­ter­fall down a slop­ing wall. The re­sult will be a sort of “ar­chi­tec­tural prom­e­nade” with 360° views over the sur­round­ing land­scape.

This page: Con­cert at San­tÕEus­ta­chio

Giusti vine­yards in the Veneto

Above: Ermenegildo Giusti Left: Au­gusto, made from Re­cantina, re­dis­cov­ered by Giusti

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