VIGNALE DI CECILIA
COLLI EUGENI, Veneto
Once a professional cellist, Paolo Brunello discovered that he loved the lifestyle of the winegrower more and over a 10 year period, slowly phased out of the musician’s life and into winegrowing as a career. 20 years later, Paolo has grown the farm his grandfather established in the 1980’s from 4 to 10 hectares including new plantings and 4 hectares of rented vineyards. His grandfather made only bulk ‘sfuso’ wine but in 2000, on Paolo’s initiative, they started bottling their wines. The farm is named for St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, a nod to Paolo’s former career and the hill where the farm is located.
Paolo farms 10 hectares of vines in the Euganean hills of Veneto with organic methods. His 7 vineyard sites range in altitude and vine age but are typified by a kind of extremely rare volcanic limestone with varying degrees of clay. The climate is strongly influenced by close proximity to the Adriatic sea.
Bianco Poldo’ is a locally-styled field blend of mostly Garganega and Tocai Friulano with a touch of Moscato for freshness bottled in liters. The three varieties are fermented and aged separately in a mix of concrete and steel before blending in Spring.
Covolo’ is a traditional 70/30 blend of Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon, varieties that have been part of the regional history since the Napeolonic era.
VAL DE SPIN
Directly pressed Garganega and Glera fermented spontaneously and made effervescent by adding fresh must just before bottling to create a refermentation in the bottle amounting to 2 bars of pressure. The wine is never disgorged, a ‘true col fondo’ as Paolo says.