About the project
It was love at first sight when we saw the vineyard in Monfumo, one sloping hectare on the Colli Asolani hills, so beautiful that it takes your breath away. Planted around a hundred years ago, it has a lot of different vine varieties, among which the “Bianchetta”, that has been mentioned in writing since 1600 and grown in the Colli Asolani area. The “Perera” variety has almost disappeared because of Flavescence dorée, the “Rabbiosa”, “Marzemina bianca”, and “Boschera”, also called “priest’s grapes”. The vineyard of Monfumo appears as a beautiful woman, taking your breath away, and just like a woman, it can be very demanding. Its slopes are steep so everything has to be handmade, from grass-cutting to treatments, to wood posts changing. The vineyard of Monfumo has been our dream for years and now, thanks to The Winefathers, it has become our project. We want to recreate the biodiversity that existed decades ago, without modifying what mother nature did in thousands of years. We want to replant the varieties that our grandparents cultivated, produce again an excellent, unique and inimitable wine; also, we want to bring to light the history of our territory and give back to the land the fruits that it has been able to give us. The vineyard of Monfumo is demanding and needs a lot of work but we are sure that we will do it thanks to our relatives’ donations. Which kind of instruments are we going to use? Only our hands, no hazardous and chemical products. We are going to use only wood posts that come from our woods. The rows will be bent because, as our friend says, “when everything is handmade and no machine is involved, the rows and posts don’t need to be straight”. Grape vines will just follow the steep slope of Monfumo’s territory. We must ensure that the vineyard of Monfumo is not lost. It is very ancient but it is able to give an unrivalled wine. Wild, like the vineyard itself. We cannot wait to get down to work, to see your names on the vines, to meet you, let you taste our wines, and tell you the story of our land and of this proud vineyard.
Danilo, who has always been very passionate and close to the land, learnt the grape growing and winemaking art with his father in law, Ilario. He helped him in the vineyards and to carry on the little wine production. After graduation at Cerletti High School in Conegliano, he started to bring what he learnt in that small business with his wife Antonella and Ilario. He understood soon that it was essential to follow every single step, from the vineyard, to the bottle and the delivery. He decided from the beginning, although he was going against the tide, not to use any chemicals that could ruin or change his wine. Since he was little, following dad and grandad, Luca learnt how important was to live in contact with nature and above all to work the soil. After graduation at Cerletti, just like his dad, he set foot in the business taking care of the first step of the production, the vineyard. After having studied long, he works the vineyards organically with special attention to the whole ecosystem and the will to bring back some of the old grapevine varieties that used to grow in the area.