The history of the Lessini hills is intertwined to that of their vine variety, Durella. The “Durasena” – ancestor of the Durella grape- has been quoted in literature since 1292.
The first evidence referring to the variety go back to the prehistorical ages, as proved by the findings of the fossil amperide, ancestors of the nowadays Vitis vinifera, occurred in Vestenanova di Bolca in the upper Alpone Valley.
In modern ages then, in 1905, the Earl Giulio da Schio described Durello – and its “sugary grapes” – reporting about its spreading on the hills of Arzignano in the volume “Enology and Viticulture in the province of Vicenza”.
The perfect ambient
However the Lessini hills don’t just give the vigorous, fresh and lively sparkling wine that we’ve learned to appreciate. The volcanic soil, so rich of minerals, the fresh climate and the sharp temperature range create the ideal conditions for growing other varieties.
For example Pinot Nero which here finds a fresh and ventilated climate: absolute king among varieties for the elegance it expresses in the glass, but also for the particular commitment it demands to the winemaker.
Or like the Chardonnay which acquires from the soil of Lessinia those minerals that allow its rich and particularly fine expression.