Giornale di Vicenza – An all-German Carmenère on the hills of Zovencedo

An all-German Carmenère on the hills of Zovencedo

Colli Berici, the eighties.

Wandering here and there, two university students discover an old village of the seventeenth century, abandoned since the fifties.

The electricity in that remote corner of Zovencedo never came.
Thus, after the Second World War, the families who live there emigrated to France.

Isolated place, 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and the Gazzo valley. Name: «The caverns».
And if the name means something, it must have been really bad.

But it is suggestive enough to ignite the imagination of one of the two students, Francesco Castegnaro: a career as a lawyer before him, a great passion for nature within himself.

Castegnaro thinks that having a property in such a place can only make sense if agricultural activity is restored.

A few years later, he arranges the twenty-three hectares of land, and on an area of ​​three hectares, enhancing the existing terraces, olive cultivation resumes.

We are in 1992.
A few years later he clears another 5 hectares, and plants a vineyard there. Thus was born the Del Rèbene farm, which takes its name from the local road that acts as a border to the north of the plot (…)

Loretta Simoni