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The vineyard

Indigenous excellence

The gravelly banks of the River Piave in the area of Grave di Papadopoli provide the fertile soil where Raboso grows, the indigenous variety par excellence of the province of Treviso and one of the few indigenous varieties in the Veneto that survived the invasion of phylloxera that brought European viticulture to its knees in the 20th century.  These grapes are rich in aromas distinguished by a certain initial coarseness, which becomes gracefully well-balanced when ripe.

Here in 1847 great grandfather Giacomo, son of Giovanni Zanotto, was already picking grapes for what would become Elisir Gambrinus, the noble liqueur he left to mature in oak casks in the dark corners of the winery, still made to the original handwritten recipe.