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Conte Loredan Gasparini

Capo di Stato and Venegazzù della Casa, two wines which told the world about the quality of Italian wines, a quality which is also supported by very good wines and refined distillates

 A legend originated from an idea. This is what could be told about the most famous wine of Conte Loredan Gasparini - Capo di Stato - when they thought about creating a wine to be served during official events in the city of Venice. Official and special occasions as in the case of a dinner who had among its guests the former president of French Republic Charles de Gaulle. It was in the occasion of the dinner held at Hotel Gritti of Venice that Charles de Gaulle had the opportunity to drink Capo di Stato and to appreciate its quality: the famous president of the French Republic became one of its most illustrious supporters. Capo di Stato then became a celebrity worldwide and was seen as an emblem of Italian wine quality, proving - among the many things - that great Bordelais wines could be created in Italy as well. Conte Loredan Gasparini winery, of course, is not Capo di Stato only: other famous wines are being produced by this winery, including Venegazzù della Casa and Falconera rosso, as to mention some names.


A view from top of Conte
Loredan Gasparini winery
A view from top of Conte Loredan Gasparini winery

 Conte Loredan Gasparini winery is located at Venegazzù di Volpago del Montello - in Veneto, in the heart of marca trevigiana north from Treviso - in an area renowned for the production of wines since the sixteenth century. In 1590 the historian Boniface wrote about the area and the wines of this land in his Historia Trevigiana: «The area of Trevigi has woods useful for gathering wood and for hunting… The land produces… very good wines and the best is the one from riviera di Montello», a territory mainly made of clay rich in iron and mineral components. The winery was established in the 1950's by count Piero Loredan, direct descendant of the Doge of Venice Leonardo Loredan, who chose the territory of Vignigazzu to build his house in a splendid palladian villa. Since 1973 the Conte Loredan Gasparini winery is property of Mr. Giancarlo Palla, who is in charge - among the other things - of the direction of the winery which today covers an area of 80 hectares (197 acres).

 Since the years of the foundation, count Piero Loredan planted in his vineyards the grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Manzoni Bianco (Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13, a cross between Riesling and Pinot Blanc) and Chardonnay. His main goal was to start a production of high quality wines based on the example of the enology of Bordeaux. It was also built a cellar for aging wines, today completely modernized and integrated with French oak barriques (Nevers, Tronçais and Allier) and Slovenian oak, which were added to the traditional casks of 25 hectoliters volume (660 gallons) for the aging of wines. Moreover, it was also built an underground cellar - which covers a surface of about 1,500 square meters (about 1790 square yards) - purposely built for the aging in bottle of classic method sparkling wines.


Mr. Giancarlo Palla, owner of Conte
Loredan Gasparini winery
Mr. Giancarlo Palla, owner of Conte Loredan Gasparini winery

 In the winery are also produced very good white wines, as well as a Prosecco produced with the grapes coming from the vineyards located in the DOC Montello e Colli Asolani area. Despite the very good quality of its whites, Conte Loredan Gasparini winery is famous for its red wines, including Capo di Stato e Venegazzù della Casa, the red wine which is cited in the entries of the important and authoritative Treccani Encyclopedia. Venegazzù della Casa is a wine unique in its genre and produced in limited quantities from the vineyards cultivated in the area having the same name. Venegazzù della Casa was created in the 1950's as the result of a scrupulous selection of grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. A Bordelais wine which represents since many years the very good production of this winery.

 Also Capo di Stato is produced with a scrupulous selection of hand harvested grapes and in different periods. Part of the grapes come from the eldest vineyard of the winery “100 piante” (100 plants) and the remaining part from “Falconera” vineyard, located near Loredan villa where once was practiced hawk hunting. From the same vineyard also come the grapes for the very good Falconera Rosso produced with Cabernet and Merlot. Other particularity of the Capo di Stato is represented by its label. In 1967 the paduan artist Tono Zancanaro (1906-1985) - in order to express his admiration for this excellent Bordelais wine - drew the image of the young boy which still today dresses every bottle of Capo di Stato. The artist dedicated to the wine two works which resemble the masculine soul of wine and the feminine soul of grape, that - with their union - give origin to a new and same origin. From that moment on “des roses pour madame” “…et pour Monsieur la bombe” became the image for Capo di Stato's label.

 The union between grape and Conte Loredan Gasparini winery is not limited to the production of wines only. The pomace of grapes used for the production of wine is in fact distilled by Antica Distilleria Negroni - which is property of the winery - for the production of grappa. The pomace of the best Conte Loredan Gasparini's wines therefore continue to tell their stories in the small grappa glasses. With the pomace of Prosecco grape is produced the homonymous grappa, whereas with the pomace of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Blanc and Prosecco is produced the Grappa di Venegazzù “Riva Vecia”. The same fate is reserved to Capo di Stato's pomace and from which it is distilled the grappa having the same name, result of the research and of experimentation about distillation. All of the Conte Loredan Gasparini's grappas are being produced according to the traditional bainmarie discontinuous method.

 




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Montello e Colli Asolani Prosecco Brut 2004, Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Montello e Colli Asolani Prosecco Brut 2004
Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Grapes: Prosecco
Price: € 10.00 Score:
This wine shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent, good effervescence, fine and persistent perlage. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas that start with hints of pear and pineapple followed by aromas of acacia, hawthorn, apple, banana and grapefruit. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, an effervescent and crisp attack, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of pear and banana. This Prosecco ferments for 2 months in steel tanks.
Food Match: Aperitifs, Vegetables and crustaceans appetizers, Pasta and risotto with crustaceans



Manzoni Bianco 2004, Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Manzoni Bianco 2004
Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Grapes: Manzoni Bianco
Price: € 12.00 Score:
This wine shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals good personality with intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of pear, apple and anise followed by aromas of citrus fruits, pineapple, hawthorn, broom and plum. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of pineapple, pear and plum. This wine ages for 3 months in steel tanks.
Food Match: Pasta and risotto with fish, Broiled fish, Sauteed fish



Falconera Rosso 2002, Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Falconera Rosso 2002
Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Grapes: Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc (35%)
Price: € 15.00 Score:
This wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry, black currant and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, cocoa, bell pepper, black pepper and mace. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, black cherry and blueberry. Falconera Rosso ages for 12 months in cask.
Food Match: Broiled meat, Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms



Venegazz¨ della Casa 2000, Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Venegazzù della Casa 2000
Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (12%), Malbec (3%)
Price: € 18.00 Score:
The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and black currant followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, bell pepper and eucalyptus. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and good roundness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and black currant. A well made wine. Venegazzù della Casa ages for 14 months in barrique followed by 14 months in cask.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese



Capo di Stato 2000, Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Capo di Stato 2000
Conte Loredan Gasparini (Veneto, Italy)
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (12%), Malbec (3%)
Price: € 30.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category
Capo di Stato shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, black currant and blueberry followed by aromas of blackberry, plum, violet, licorice, tobacco, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa and eucalyptus. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasing roundness, however well balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, black currant and blackberry. Capo di Stato ages for 18 months in barrique followed by 18 months in cask.
Food Match: Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese



Conte Loredan Gasparini - Via Martignago Alto, 23 - Frazione Venegazzù - 31040 Volpago del Montello, Treviso (Italy) - Tel. (+39) 0423 8700024 Fax. (+39) 0423 620898 - Winemaker: Mauro Rasera - Paolo Grigolli - Established: 1950 - Production: 350.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@venegazzu.com - WEB: www.venegazzu.com


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