FRONT ROW SOCIETY: review by Annett Conrad

With joy we report the article of the editorialist Annett Conrad, of the FRONT ROW SOCIETY , prestigious German magazine dedicated to the selection of exclusive and high quality proposals, in the gourmet, tourism and automotive sectors. Thanks to Annett and Andreas, for having appreciated and described our Cellar so well.

Arrived at the end of the world! This is how it feels when you finally reach the property of the Del Rèbene boutique winery. The picturesquely located property is located on a hill, seemingly far from civilization. From here the view reaches unimaginable distances over the Berici Hills, whose hills in the distance are dominated by vineyards, olive groves and dense deciduous woods. The property is the home of Francesco Castegnaro and Claudia Serblin. With courage, energy, passion and an understanding of nature, they cultivate their vineyards and produce wines of unprecedented brilliance.

At this link the full article in German.





















Recensione Slow Food: Di coralli, di pietre e olive. La rinascita dei Colli Berici

Review by Mauro Pasquali, regional president of Slow Food Veneto, for Del Rèbene wine and oil from the Berici Hills

It is with great pleasure that we report another very welcome review by Slow Food by the regional president of Slow Foof Veneto Mauro Pascquali

Mauro Pasquiali - Presidente Slow Food Veneto

Mauro Pasquali – President Slow Food Veneto

Corals, stones and olives. The rebirth of the Berici Hills

South of Vicenza lies a hilly complex of coral origin created millions of years ago from the bottom of the sea then existing in these places: the Berici Hills. The temperate microclimate that the area enjoys, which makes one think of the tropical sea and the soil rich in carbonates originating from prehistoric corals, encourages the presence of plants and spontaneous herbs characteristic of much warmer climates. This peculiarity also allows the presence and the luxuriant development of two of the most typical plants of the Mediterranean world, not spontaneous but cultivated for centuries by man: the vine and the olive tree.


Berici Hills and olive growing: a history with deep roots

However, while viticulture in the Berici Hills is considered by everyone to be secular or even millenary, olive growing, on the other hand, is considered by most people to be of recent expansion, dating back some decades, perhaps to the 20th century at most. Although these (mistaken) beliefs are quite widespread, olive growing in the Berici Hills has, in reality, deep roots, probably at least as deep as the vine. In fact, many written testimonies, dating back to the late Middle Ages, prove the presence of olive groves, especially on the southern and western slopes.

Another distinguishing characteristic that all the cultivated slopes of the Berici Hills have in common is entirely the result of man’s work: terraces created on steep slopes with the aim of obtaining flat spaces that would allow an easier agriculture.

The terraces were supported by dry stone walls made from the stones present in the area and called locally masiere, from the Latin maceries, or “heaps of stones”. In reality we should speak, rather than about heaps of stone, of real works of art, made without any use of mortar, lime or cement and held together only by the skilful interlocking of the stones.

The masiere of Berici: a treasure to be restored

Nowadays, the masiere have almost completely disappeared on the Berici Hills, replaced by more prosaic concrete walls or even abandoned to the degradation caused by the time, without any maintenance, mainly as a consequence of the depopulation of the hilly areas in favour of the flat lands, more fertile and easier to cultivate.

The masiere, as mentioned, supported the terraces on which, in the past centuries, the main cultivations were vegetables, vines and cereals. Between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries there was an important presence of German immigrants among the farmers who left many testimonies in the local toponyms. These cultivations, in the poorest and steepest soils, were certainly interspersed with olive trees probably brought centuries earlier to the Berici Hills by Roman legionaries in their advance of conquest. The same plants were preserved, in the medieval period and before the advent of farmers of German origin, by the monks of the local convents, to whom almost the entire area owed tributes.


Del Rebene: Francesco Castegnaro and Claudia Serblin company that revives the olive growing of the Berici Hills

With a leap of many centuries we come to the present day, on the western side of the Berici Hills, in an area called Rébene, from the German word reben, i.e. vines, a toponym that testifies to the antiquity of vine cultivation in the area. From the toponym takes its name the Azienda Agricola Del Rebene, owner of more than 700 olive trees located on the terraces supported by the masiere, partly rebuilt, in a sort of natural amphitheatre overlooking the Gazzo Valley.

Since 1990 Francesco has been recovering this piece of land, abandoned after the Second World War, restoring its ancient splendor: the olive trees grown organically allow the production of an oil that can boast the Veneto Euganei and Berici PDO. The oil is obtained mainly from the native rasara variety and from leccino, with pendolino and coratina percentages.

It is an oil that has been present for many years in Slow Food’s Guide to Extra Virgin Olive Oil that contains all the typical characteristics of the cultivars from which it comes: the nose opens with pleasant green hints, reminiscent of rocket, fresh grass mowing, leaf, tomato, accompanied by a feeling of remarkable cleanliness of smell.

In the mouth, the medium texture opens up mainly bitter hints, with strong astringent notes and good pungency, which pleasantly envelops the palate. The aftertaste, of good length, is harmonious and reminiscent of fresh cardoon and hazelnut, well innervated by strong hints of white pepper.

Wine News wines: Review by Riccardo Margheri for Del Rèbene, Veneto Igt Carmenère 2016

Review by Riccardo Margheri for Del Rèbene, Veneto Igt Carmenère 2016

With great pleasure we post the review by Riccardo Margheri, a well-known professional wine tasting expert, from the well-known blog Wine News, a daily communication agency on the world of wine & food.

Riccardo Margheri – Tour Operator

Riccardo Margheri – Tour Operator


Rediscovering something that has always been there but that was hidden: this is the history and peculiarity of Carmènere. Grape variety extensively planted in the North East of the boot after the phylloxeric devastation, but almost systematically (and curiously) confused with Merlot, despite the ampelographic and “commercial” characteristics (first of all, an endemic variability of the quantity of product) are in fact different .

So, when the error was recognized, the disciplinaries of the area denominations were precipitously modified to make the blend a little more similar to reality … Francesco Castegnaro, invented winemaker for passion at the expense of his career as a lawyer, took on I load an abandoned estate on the edge of the Berici Hills and has renovated a sixteenth-century village and three hectares of well-exposed terraces, in an unsuspected area (the toponym derives from the Cimbrian / Teutonic “Reben” which stands for vineyard).

He dedicated himself with conviction to traditional vines, and also produces an EVO oil from the local Rasara cultivar. It gives us a clean and fragrant Carmènere, not weighed down by the wood (12 months of tonneaux) in which the varietal vegetable character, prevalent in the Chilean examples of this grape variety, fades on spicy and fragrant hints. The palate is well designed, juicy, fine in the tannin, tasty enough to lengthen in the aftertaste with a peppery and tasty naturalness.

(Riccardo Margheri)

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