The dreamy Giusti Wine Estate was founded by Ermenegildo Giusti, a descendant of a noble family from Conegliano, who, after leaving his country to go and seek fortune in Canada where he founded a very successful business in the construction industry, forty-three years later came back to his native town in Nervesa della Battaglia (Treviso) to follow his dreams: the touristic revamp of his beloved hills.
Today, his estate includes nearly 100 hectares of vineyards, a panoramic winery and several country houses. The beautiful Country House Abazia lays on the hills near the famous Abbey of Saint Eustachio, one of the most important symbols of Veneto, where Galateo, possibly the most famous “etiquette” guidebook in the world, was written by Giovanni della Casa in the 16th-century.
Today the Abbey of Saint Eustachio is back to life thanks to a conservative restoration that lasted six hundred days and allowed to recover part of the walls of the Abbey, some areas of the former convent area and original floors, as well as the creation of suggestive panoramic terraces to enjoy the view on the hills and the vineyards.
If you happen to be in those parts it will be easy to understand where the Giusti estates begin: the vineyards separated by a perfect English lawn with rose gardens at each row surround the main office of the farm, Tenuta Rolando, housed in a restored rural village of the late ‘800, former “Case Sigismondi” which were the site of military operations during the two world wars. In the adjacent Tenuta Rosalia you can also visit an original observation tower, built in the shape of a ship, and an ecological island with a pond that houses a colony of goldfish, animals very sensitive to chemical agents which therefore testify to the complete absence of harmful substances in the soils, cultivated according to natural methods.
Among the award-winning wines produced by Giusti, you can taste the famous Umberto I°, Prosecco Superiore DOCG and Spumante Cuvée, whites Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, Amarone Valpolicella Ripasso and Recantina, Passito Bianco and Acquaviti.
Recantina is a magnificent red wine, produced from the autochthonous vineyard of the same name that Napoleon had wanted to destroy, considering it a dangerous competitor for French wine, and only recently recreated by local winemakers. The only one aged in wood in barrels for 14 months, it has a fruity aroma with an incredible flavor of violets and berries.
The Giusti wines can be tasted, by reservation, in the underground tasting hall of the Abbey, perhaps coming from the ancient Via dei Frati that leads up to the Abbey and along which you can admire the Hermitage of San Girolamo, dated back to 14th-century.
The restoration of the Abbey complex, almost entirely destroyed during the First World War, revealed the presence of old unexploded war devices, requiring a specific reclamation to make the area safe. Walking around the old church, if you pay attention, you can still see one set among the old stones in memory of what happened in this place in 1918, during the Battle of the Solstice.