A MODERN WINERY IN A HISTORICAL PLACE
Founded in 2005 thanks to the experience of the Cecchetto family, wine producers since 1931, the Ca’ di Rajo winery is run by brothers Simone, Alessio and Fabio; it has a production capacity of 3 million litres, 1.4 of which are potential in autoclaves (during harvest, part of the must is cold stored; with this procedure, it can be used on sparkling wine bases to refresh the wines).
The company uses the most innovative winemaking technologies, however, its modern facility and young team are located in a fascinating historical context, in an estate located within a medieval village.
Symbols of the glorious past of the countryside that extends from Conegliano to Oderzo, the Chiesetta del Carmine, the neighboring Casa Convento and the Tower of Rai from the 14th century, stand next to a modern designed winery.
THE INGENUITY OF THE PAST AND A LOCAL “ICONEME”
In the late nineteenth century, the Bellussera, an innovative vine training method, revolutionised the agronomic culture of treviso.
Threatened by the new diseases spreading across the fields in the late nineteenth century, Venetian agriculture responded with an idea by Girolamo and Antonio Bellussi, two brothers from Tezze di Piave, who transformed the traditional method for training vines.
They created the Bellussera, a new training system that raised vines up to 4 metres off the ground, arranging them in a semi-circle. Raised and protected, the plant could finally grow and expand freeing all their vigour. The Bellussera allowed farmers to increase grape production, while the area between rows was used for cereal crops, which were essential for farmers to feed themselves and their families.
The benefits of this cutting-edge training method radically transformed the appearance of the Treviso countryside, while protecting its identity: the local philosophy and expertise were at risk of being influenced by the new farming systems that were being developed in Europe at the same time. The Bellussera curbed their impact, protecting the landscape and the uniqueness of its inhabitants.