The Gottardi family bought the land where Contrà Soarda now stands, at the foot of the beautiful Saint Michael hills in 1904, but only initiated wine production in 1999. A relative newcomer, then, but in little over 10 years, Gloria and Mirco Gottardi, assisted by top winemaker Marco Bernabei, have consistently impressive results with both International varieties and the native grapes, most strikingly Vespaiolo. They started with an acute understanding of the most important ingredient in quality winemaking – an unbeatable terroir. Situated at the foot of the Asiago plateau in the Veneto region, the mineral-rich volcanic slopes produce wines of real style and complexity. Appropriately, Soarda literally means “hamlet on the slope.”
Contrà Soarda is a new face in the Breganze appellation of North-East Italy, having only entered into wine production in 1999. However, the Gottardi family has shown a devotion to the land that dates back to the early 20th century. Their journey began in 1904 when Gloria and Mirco’s ancestors bought a, then barren, piece of land near the picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa. They put their life and soul into creating and maintaining their farm, an enterprise that developed into a restaurant in the 1960s, Da Pulierin. It was then that their children decided it was time for a change of direction. Beppa and Marcello Gottardi ran the restaurant for over 25 years until their son and wife, Mirco and Gloria, took it over in 1986. Their passion for the finer things in life, food, wine, and sharing anecdotes in the Italian sun culminated in a lifelong dream to produce wine, so Contrà Soarda was born.
Breganze was once an appellation that owed its reputation for quality to just one producer, Maculan. Today, in just over 10 years, Contrà Soarda has risen to become one of the region’s foremost producers. North of the historic town of Vicenza, the Vento region in Italy has many treasures. These include the city of Venice and the idyllic landscape that seems stuck in a charming time warp, not to mention the jaw-dropping Soarda winery, built on the principles of bio-architecture, merging effortlessly into the landscape. This is a fitting introduction for your visit to this great estate.
No matter how busy, the owners are always keen to share their passion and journey with visitors and, of course, invite you to sample their wines. Perhaps it is the magic of the volcanic soil or the winemaker’s skill that creates such delicious, sought-after wines. We can organize a private tour and VIP tasting at this wonderful estate for our special guests as part of a Veneto Wine Tour from Vicenza, Venice, Bassano, and the surroundings.
100% Marzemino Nero. Produced from old vines grown in mineral rich, organic soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in French oak for two years before one further year in bottle. Great ageing potential.
A varying blend of the Garganega and Vespaiolo Italian varieties. Produced from old vines grown in mineral rich, organic soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in French oak for one year and is approachable upon its release.
A varying blend of indigenous Italian varieties. Produced from old vines grown in mineral rich, organic soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in French oak for one year.
100% Vespaiolo. Produced from old vines grown in mineral rich, organic soils. Fermented in wood barriques and given extended maturation on the lees. Aged for 24 months in French oak. Great ageing potential.
100% Vespaiolo .Produced from old vines grown in mineral rich, organic soils. Fermented in stainless steel and given extended maturation on the lees. Aged for 12 months in steel tanks and bottle.
100% Pinot Noir. Produced from old vines grown in mineral rich, organic soils. Fermented in oak vats followed by 3 years ageing in oak barrels. Aged for a further 12 months in bottle. A wine of great finesse that will cellar for many years.
100% Vespaiolo. Produced from old vines grown in mineral rich, organic soils. Fermented in stainless steel tanks followed by 1 years ageing in tank. Aged for a further 2 years in bottle. A fresh, fruity white for immediate drinking.
Strada Soarda 26
36061 San Michele di Bassano del Grappa
Tel +39 0424 505562
Fax +39 0424 505562
- Area under vine
- 12 ha
- Age of vines
- 30 years+
- Marco Bernabei
- Gottardi family
- 60,000 bottles per annum
- Grape varietals
- Merlot, Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Vespaiolo, Marzemino Nero, Garganega and Vespaiolo