terrains & wineyards
The bunch is small and cylindrical, with one or sometimes two compact branches and has fewer berries that the Pinot Bianco grape.
The berries are small and yellow, changing to amber when fully ripe and the waxy skin is tougher than the Pinot Bianco grape.
The soft, pulp has a flavour both sweet, lemon-crisp and clean.
This variety arrived in Italy from France, spreading first in Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, around Treviso and in the Lison-Pramaggiore area, and from there throughout the country, including to the south of Italy.
The areas in which it originated in France are Champagne and Burgundy.
The presence of the Chardonnay grape in the eastern Veneto area, just like other varieties that have become international – Cabernet, Malbech, Merlot, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero and Sauvignon – dates from World War I. Between October-November 1917 and November 4, 1918, during the height of the Austro-Hungarian occupation, our vineyards remained uncultivated. In just a few houses there remained virtually only women and children because the men had fled the advancing invading army. And it was to combat the cold during the winter of 1917-1918 that the invaders cut a large part of the vines for firewood, leaving many fields stripped bare.
Once the war was over, thanks to the French and also the involvement of the Scuola Enologica (Wine Academy) in Conegliano, freight car-loads of roots arrived, making it possible to slowly reconstitute over a number of years the area’s grape resources.