What is notable about the the ridge of land that is Cartizze – a restricted and precious area of just 107 hectares between Pietro di Barbozza, Santo Stefano and Saccol, all hamlets of Valdobbiadene – is that it is undoubtedly a unicum for its conformation and exposure to light and warmth. Its identity is traceable historically: already in 1362 a document from Treviso cites the word Caurice and in a notarized act of 1408 it speaks of Carticiis, whilst in a map of 1590 the cultivation of a grape quality named Cartizze is mentioned, that still has its perimeter today.
However it isn’t only this geographic uniqueness that excites you: for the Cartizze Cru – a land that emerged from a marine seabed, incredibly rich with micro-elements that transmit to the grapes and then to the wine the sapidity that we appreciate -, it’s the beauty that has been preserved intact throughout time.
The uniqueness of the morphology, the delicacy of the climate, the amiability of the landscape, the richness of the land’s components are all the elements of a beauty that anticipates all that is good.
The vines, the continual succession of curves that outline the hills, the silence between the rows and the noisy joyfulness of the grape harvest, even the hard work can be appreciated – without the use of machinery – up and down the steep slopes, its a privilege and at the same time, a responsibility.
Such beauty must be brought out from the soil to the wine glass and it cannot be nurtured without a heightened awareness.
With an average altitude of 250-300mt above sea level, the hills follow one another along the gentile slopes, all exposed to the sun. Once sliding miocenes, the hills were the bottom of an ancient sea shaped whilst raising themselves from the surrounding elevations.
Clay, sandstone and Tertiary marne allow for fast drainage of rain water and, at the same time, a constant reserve of water for the vines. The rocky substrata and the sand rich with nutrients and minerals, are indispensable for the radical transformation in the cultivated grapes.
Given the incline, the orientation of the hills and the protected position, the climate is quite unusual and has the advantage of being 1.5°C above the average during the months of maturation of the grapes. It is never too cold. it is never too hot, there is always a little breeze.