In the province of Veneto, at the foot of the Alps, in the village of Bassano del Grappa, the characteristic quality wines of Contrà Soarda are born. The heart of Contrà Soarda is the Gottard family of four. Father Mirco and children Eleonora and Marcello are responsible for garden work, winemaking and the export market, while Gloria's mother is responsible for keeping the winery and the farm restaurant operating in connection with it up.
The vineyards located next to the Asiago plateau have a favorable microclimate for winemaking, and the volcanic soil is suitable for producing top-quality wines. The Contrà Soarda estates have belonged to the Gottard family for over a hundred years. The Gottards have not only farmed the land and raised cattle, but have also been running their own restaurant business for a long time. In 1999, Gloria and Mirco Gottardi, who were interested in winemaking in a professional sense, understood the potential of the area and planted 12 hectares of vines. Today, the farm mainly grows native varieties, such as the white Vespaiola and Garganega, and the red Marzemino Nero.
The members of a family that respects tradition built an impressive wine cellar, which is a masterpiece of bio-architecture. Contrà Soarda's operating methods are organic and the work steps in the manger are performed manually. The farm balances between modern winemaking and traditions. Most of Contrà Soarda's wines are stored in temperature-controlled steel tanks, but the estate's BC wines, for example, are a tribute to traditional winemaking that does not involve the use of electricity or sulfites. BC ("Before Christ") refers to centuries-old practices: the wines ferment spontaneously at natural temperature and are not filtered, clarified or stabilized.
Contrà Soarda's wines are undoubtedly among the best in the region. The philosophy of the Gottard family is convincing in all its simplicity: "Heaven gives, earth receives and nurtures, man completes."
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