Contra Soarda Gaggion Marzemino Nero
With a name that means “hamlet on the slope”, Vignaioli Contrà Soarda is a beacon of conscientious farming in the region of Veneto. The estate is nestled in the hills of Breganze, an area that’s been home to the Gottardi’s since 1904. For generations this family ran a busy osteria but in 1999 they officially became vignaioli. 12 hectares of fallow land were purchased and a winery was built directly into the rock of the hillside to minimize its environmental impact. Since the day the vines were planted, the 12 hectare vineyard has been farmed according to organic and biodynamic principles. The wineries' tenant donkeys keep cover crops in check without compacting the soil.