Vignaioli Contra’ Soarda (VI)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Vignaioli Contra’ Soarda (VI) — Veneto Secrets

On the gentle hills located a few kilometers from the center of Bassano, Contra’ Soarda (which means “on the slope”) is a food and wine oasis in which the work of man blends harmoniously with a breathtaking view. The winery, built inside the hill, and the farmhouse, lying gently at its feet, were, in fact, conceived with total respect for the natural beauty of the place.

The estate, which stands in a unique environment with volcanic soil on the border of the DOC Breganze famous for the production of Vespaiolo and Torcolato wines, includes native vines such as Vespaiola, Marzemino and Garganega as well as international varieties. All organic certified, yet with a biodynamic vocation, they give life to wines such as the whites Vignasilan Vespaiolo or Soarda Vespaiolo and the reds Terre di Lava Merlot, Gaggion Marzemino up to Pinot Nero VignaCorejo and the Saggio from carmenere and indigenous grapes.

Vignaioli Contra’ Soarda (VI) — Veneto Secrets

This great attention for the environment goes together with a refined aesthetic. The winery, designed using the principles of geothermal energy to obtain constant temperature and humidity, boasts a vault made of stones from the Asiago plateau which, with a double-wave sinusoidal game, stands scenographically on itself without the use of columns. An architectural structure, inspired by the technique of the Spanish genius Antoni Gaudì and designed by architect Henry Zilio, that won the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Architecture in 2006.

The history of Contrà Soarda begins in 1904 when the Gottardi family founded a farm with a wine shop, today transformed into the Pulierin restaurant. At the beginning of 2000 Mirco and Gloria Gottardi, together with their sons Marcello and Eleonora, decided to revamp these abandoned hills by continuing the family restaurant tradition and enriching it with a wine production and an international vision.

Vignaioli Contra’ Soarda (VI) — Veneto Secrets

The winery was founded in 2003 and in 2011 the Pulierin restaurant, once based in Bassano, opened in a beautiful space characterized by huge windows that allow a panoramic view of the surrounding hills.
The perfect place to taste the genuine products of the territory paired with the excellent natural house wines: everything served on the menu is, in fact, actually produced by the farm: from the meat – such as rib steak, tartare, cockerel or ossobuco – to cold cuts, from vegetables to oil and grappa.

When the summer allows it, you can eat, have an aperitif or have a wine tasting on the terrace with a splendid view of the valley cheered by the friendly farm animals that run around the slopes, primarily the donkeys Burrito, Oliva, Poméa, and Serafino that help the Gottardi family in running the farm. They are the ones that inspired Musso, which in the Venetian dialect means “donkey”, a limited-edition wine made from Carmenere, Groppello, and Marzemino grapes, a signature product of the lovely Contrà Soarda family.

The Secret

The current restaurant area was the tractor shed of the old farm. It is by putting one of the means of work to rest, contemplating the wonderful panorama, that the Gottardi family one evening thought that this beauty spot should be made available to their guests by opening an eatery.

Useful Info

Vignaioli Contrà Soarda
Strada Soarda, 26
36061 San Michele di Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza
Tel. +39 0424 505562

Starters/First courses: 12 euro
Second courses: 13,50 — 22 euro

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