Raboso harvest completed! When tradition meets site-specificity.
This is one of the most significant times of the year at Cantina Pizzolato. Family, tradition, land: this is how our 2020 Raboso harvest went!
Our Raboso grapes this year were healthy and boasted good quality with their deep blue to purple berries and typically boot-like shaped bunches reminiscent of the shape of the Italian peninsula. At the beginning of October, following leaf removal from the bunch area, steady sunshine completed the ripening of the grapes before harvest. Sugar levels were as expected and the berries carried good acidity levels.
Harvest took place between 12th and 20th October, with our grapes being meticulously hand picked. The grapes harvested, intended for the production of our Malanotte DOCG ‘Il Barbarossa’, were partially brought to the vinification hall where they immediately underwent taditional red winemaking practices whereas the remaining 30% will undergo a temperature-controlled raisining process on wooden racks which will last until the end of the year. The wine will be then allowed to age in oak casks and barriques until November 2023. In November this year, according to the DOCG provisions, it will be possible to uncork the 2017 bottlings: stay tuned to learn more!
With this year’s vintage having finally come to an end, we would like to send a special thank to our VINEYARD TEAM, i.e. the Pizzolato staff in charge of the vineyard operations, joined this year by numerous young vineyard specialists and newly graduates from the agricultural engineering field.
The whole vineyard crew, driven by a strong team spirit, carefully tended our vineyards while contributing innovation and development also in terms of the new state-of-the-art machinery employed.
Fun facts and some history about…Raboso!
The Piave Malanotte designation, also known as Malanotte del Piave DOCG, takes its name from Borgo Malanotte, a medieval hamlet located in Tezze di Piave in the province of Treviso.
This area has a long history of viticulture. However, only in the 1950s did wine growers become aware of the unique expression and potential of Raboso, which due to its distinctive varietal character was awarded DOCG status in 2010.
Raboso is a very ancient wine. Many historians maintain that its name comes from the tributary of the Piave river which bears the same name. Evidence of the presence of this grape variety in Italy dates back to the pre-Roman period: Pliny the Elder mentioned Raboso in his Naturalis Historia describing it as a darker than “pitch black” wine. Today the name Raboso is associated to the wine’s “fierce” nature, due to its racy acidity. For a long time it was considered a “rustic” and resistant grape variety, so resistant to even survive the phylloxera outbreak at the end of the 19th century. For centuries Raboso was the only wine that the Venetian Republic managed to export, even as far as to the far East. No wonder it was also known as “vin da viajo” (wine for travelling) thanks to the toughness of the grape. This variety is also winter-hardy, drought-resistant and ageworthy. This is why when a child was born in the past, it was tradition for the child’s family – whether of noble or peasant background – to save some Raboso for his/her wedding day. Today this tradition is being happily revived, and this wine with warm red hues and sensory attributes that are more reminiscent of the skins of wild untamed grapes has come to signify the core of a culture.