It is a long history of love, day after day, year after year, that has woven its way into the intimate depths of our family.
Love for those around us, for the land that has borne us, which to this day still enfolds us, and for the events that happen from time to time.
Love for life, that in its slow procession has gifted us with all its beauty, all its charm.
For over a thousand years now, the Collalto name has intertwined with the land of Treviso and with one of its noblest and far-reaching treasures, wine.
The enviable history of ancient landowning nobility; intimately, unquestionably bound to its local area; showing uncompromising respect for nature and its fruits, protecting its ecosystem and the wondrous landscape that this ancient land has provided us.
This, in vibrant colours, is our photograph.
A photograph that is still reproduced today and indeed gains new lustre with the magnificent estate of Susegana, with the uninterrupted dedication that is the hallmark of today’s heir to the family tradition – Principessa Isabella Collalto de CroŸ – with her wines’ indubitable reflection of their land of origin, and with her insatiable desire to do everything well.
Always aware that when one is enjoying life, time passes with incredible swiftness.
It has always been the starting point for everything. A place, a settlement, a growing area, a battlefield, an oasis of peace, a pristine landscape.
Lying on the bank of the Piave river, just outside the Montello-Colfosco narrows in the hills, Susegana was first settled by humans as far back as the Bronze Age. In the Roman era, it owed its prosperity to the river trade favoured by the Piave valley, so much so that in addition to its name of Susegana, it also earned the nickname of
Mercatalli, which referred to the heavily-travelled “Via dei mercanti,” or Merchants’ Road, which linked the coastal city of Altino with the Alpine region.
The area, for good reasons then, was traversed by two main roads, the Via Claudia Augusta and the Opitergium-Feltria-Tridentum road.
Following the Romans, numerous barbarian invasions afflicted the area, between the 5th and 10th centuries, until the historically-important arrival of the Lombards, which gave rise to the long history of the Collaltos.
It was thanks to the Lombards, and to their fine instincts regarding the strategic and military importance of the zone, that Susegana and its surrounding areas increased their trade activities. At the same time, they remained extremely well protected and defended, with the result that they gradually attracted settlements of various kinds, including monastic foundations. Through the monks’ ceaseless efforts at improving the land, this area became one of the most attractive and cared-for in the entire Treviso district.
Collalto, with its impregnable fortress, was the capital of a county that extended from Falzé as far s Refrontolo.
Artillery during the First World War completely destroyed the fortress and much of the wealth of art that it held. The Castello di San Salvatore was more fortunate in this regard, and it managed to retain its ancient spirit, with the result that the village was re-born following the two wars, and the Castello now serves as the venue for many cultural activities.
The Castello di San Salvatore certainly plays a distinctive role, then, as the most fitting symbol of the Collalto family, as well as of the winery of that same name, And it is here that Principessa Isabella Collalto de CroŸ steadfastly continues the achievements and traditions handed down to her by her father Manfredo.
Such was the beginning of everything.
And such it continued, right from the day when Berengarius II, by granting to his son-in-law Conte Rambaldo I the county of Lovandina, brought into being a generational saga that continues to renew and evolve, characterised by the same unblemished hallmark of elegance and nobility that have always won admiration.
We are what over time they taught us to be: those who love the beautiful and the good, nobles and farmers, careful winegrowers, protectors of the environment and of its infinite personifications.
We like doing things in the right way, conforming dociley to the rhythms of the seasons, without forcing what nature prescribes, without pretending otherwise.
We love to work within the realm of the beautiful, certain that the aesthetically beautiful will bring to light only good fruits.
We like to infuse into our wines all that has been gifted us and everything to which we bear obligation and respect: the distinctive character of our local grapes, the splendidly kaleidoscopic beauty of our local corner of earth, the incredible range of eloquent interpretations given us by our cellars, the utterly unique and profoundly expert fund of knowledge of every person in our winery.
We are aware that all of this constitutes an enormous, and unshirkable, responsibility.
But we know no other road, nor, summing up everything, are we interested in any other.
We want to be neither mediocre nor taken for granted.
We show no love for shortcuts in this life, be they human, professional, or production-related.
We have little liking for lack of relationships, lack of relationship with the growing area, lack of responsibilities towards nature. What inspires us is the awareness that every project, every type of initiative whatsoever must begin with a guiding presupposition based on consciousness.
Consciousness of one’s own history, of the local area in which one acts, of the infinite facets of nature, of the limits one confronts, and, what for us is of fundamental importance, consciousness of signal achievements to be reached and, above all, to be shared with as many persons as possible.
We do not want to seem, in all of this, at all arrogant, just aware.
Aware that only harmony of all elements leads to an aesthetic sharing of the universal.
And that bien vivre, in its widest meaning, and the culture of which we ourselves are “health-full bearers,” make us faithful companions through life.
“The protagonist, or main character, is the central figure in a narrative, around whom the plot primarily develops. The term comes from the Greek classical theatre, where the protagonist was the main actor in the company.”
This simple definition is enough to let you know how important our colleagues are here. We are a microcosm composed of expertise and professions who, like an orchestra, play the same script in perfect harmony.
The faces, as you will see, are diverse, just are the various responsibilities they represent, but their feeling of unity, we can assure you, is totally of one mind.