Once upon a time, there was the Maso di Villa Relais di Campagna, a 19th-century farmhouse transformed into a charming country relais that produces also an excellent red wine. Upon arrival, one cannot help but be enchanted by the romantic beauty of the place accentuated by a panorama of rare perfection on the rolling hills that enclose an English-style garden, an organic vegetable garden, and a swimming pool surrounded by vineyards.
The feeling that one experiences, sitting under the pergola, lulled by the scent of the many flowers, is that of not wanting to go away, pampered by Chiara and her mum Loretta, intent on preparing homemade cakes and jams for their guests. Dad Beppe, a winemaker for passion, takes care of the vineyards, personally and exclusively by hand, looking after every grain of the Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from which Nasi Rossi, an excellent certified organic wine, is born.
Maso di Villa is the only winery in the Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG area that exclusively produces a red wine. Produced in only 2500 bottles per year, Nasi Rossi can be found in selected restaurants in the area and in the beautiful cellar adjacent to the farmhouse.
Built in a retro-industrial style, it is the perfect place to taste Nasi Rossi, truly savoring the traditions of this generous territory also thanks to the huge windows overlooking the Susegana hills. A natural cru, it seeks the perfect union between terroir, taste, and protection of biodiversity, by working the vineyard as naturally as possible, in a completely manual way, without any chemical.
The estate, born as a farmhouse with stable and barn – in the living room you can still see the ancient columns worn by the cows – during the First World War served as a refuge for the army; then oblivion until 1997 when the current owners, during a walk, fell in love with it, deciding to give it new life. The splendid restoration that followed pays homage to the Venetian rural tradition thanks to the conservation of all the original details of the structure such as the old wooden floors and the ceilings with exposed beams.
Today Maso di Villa offers six shabby-chic style rooms, beautifully furnished with “peasant” objects found in local markets, such as the wrought iron beds, the wooden stone kitchen, the embroidered linen, antique prints, and porcelain. Every detail, a poem.
We recommend booking a tasting, in the summer under the wonderful flowery porch in front of the garden that extends right in front of the house, or in winter in the cellar to savor the best of Venetian countryside in a fairytale atmosphere.
The doors and windows of Maso di Villa were purchased from second-hand dealers and flea markets before even finishing the masonry works; each room was therefore adapted to each of them and not vice versa. Some vintage pieces are really noteworthy: the door in the reception was, for example, that of an old tobacconist’s shop as you can still guess from the limelight for passing cigarettes.