Vineyards that tell an ancient story
The history of the Berici Hills began 60 million years ago, in another location of Earth, near the Tropic of Cancer. Here, the periodic emergence of lands, volcanic eruptions and the formation of a long coral reef generated multiple layers of rock. In the meantime, the entire area moved northward, where it finally emerged six million years ago.
Today the Berici Hills are a wonderful area. A succession of valleys, plateaus and elevations, which surprise visitors with an extraordinary environment, and a nature that offers magnificent landscapes and pristine places, where one can still perceive the breath of the woods.
Inhabited for 200 thousand years and crossed by life and history, the Berici Hills today host a treasure trove of culture, rural architecture, ancient spiritual centers, and Venetian and Palladian villas. Our family has lived on these lands for centuries, in the very places that formerly belonged to the Giustinian nobility. They reached the foot of the Berici Hills when the long wave of the Republic of Venice came up the rivers, with its load of distant worlds and glory.
Still today we live in Alonte, in the southern part of the Hills, where we continue a winery tradition that we started in 1779. We take care of our 25 hectares of vineyards, which grow on the soil that was once the bottom of that ancient sea. A thin terroir, rich in clay and limestone. A virtuous mix that represents one of the most interesting “crus” for the wine varieties of the whole area.
In 1754, Vicentine abbot Valeriano Canati wrote Il Roccolo Ditirambo. This document contains the first historical citation of Prosecco, the Prosecco of Monte Berico. When we discovered it, we decided to bring this variety back to our hills, and chose the Glera Balbi grape, which is the ancient primitive strain of Prosecco. We grow it organically, like we do with all our other vineyards, by paying careful attention to the ecosystem. This also let us obtain the strict Biodiversity Friend certification.
Year after year, our vineyards and our terroir continue to tell an ancient story.
Winemakers since 1779
Agronomic and Organic Viticulture Manager
Marketing and Sales Manager
What They Say About Us
A perfect and declared Bordeaux (the 2007 Bugamante), just Veneto enough not to shock me [...] your nose happily wanders among meadows with cherry trees, pepper and that typical touch of grassiness. The taste is geometric, consistent with the smell, always balanced between acidity and tannins, with a strong body without being muscular. Long finish, and with a score: this elegant wine gets an 88/100, without any ifs or buts.
The La Pria Prosecco Brut 0.5 is a Prosecco that finds its strength in the fruit. A crisp and clean apple, a distinct and refreshing citrus vein. A trace – yes, I definitely must write it – of minerals.
The year 2009, in my opinion, is definitely represented by the Bugamante which is the closest to perfection, it is complete, it has everything. There is no lack of smell, acidity, complexity, the moderate astringency of tannins, the tertiary flavors.
LA PRIA EXPERIENCE
At the La Pria Winery you can take part in our wine tastings. Before the tasting, you will briefly visit our organic vineyards and the horse stables, a western-style riding school and horseback walks on the same property. At the end of the visit, we will go to the patio of the Barchessa, or to the room inside, for the wine tasting.
The La Pria organic winery has a barchessa (open barn) inside a 15th-century rural house, which has belonged to the noble Venetian family of the Giustinian since 1465. The garden next to the property hosts a small swimming pool with deck chairs and umbrellas, allowing visitors to relax on sunny summer days.
Our Boston Stables, a western-style riding school, is surrounded by nature, among olive trees and vineyards, deep in the enchanting landscape of the Berici Hills. Inside, you can follow a horse-riding course, or go trekking and horseback riding through the many evocative nature trails in the thick woods and along the country paths that line the slopes of the Berici Hills.