Contra’ Soarda, which means “hamlet on the slope” grows vines and olive trees with utmost respect for the environment. The 12 hectares of vineyards lie just outside of the picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa which sits at the mouth of the Valsugana that with its imposing mountains provides strong thermal excursions between night and day. The vines are densely planted to insure naturally low yelds.
“The marzemino grape is practically unknown today, but its history in northeastern Italy stretches back for centuries. This red from Contrà Soarda, which also makes a fine white from the equally obscure vespaiolo grape, is rich yet high-toned. After five years, this wine’s potent tannins have smoothed out, allowing earthy raspberry flavors to emerge. It is delicious with meatballs or pizza.” - NYT