Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Our own ‘private cellar’ of
the finest wines in Venice
One of the surprises and unexpected joys of staying in the Palazzetto San Lio is to find we have been invited to enjoy our own ‘small private cellar with a selection of our finest wines.’
The family that own this small palace by the canal, between Rialto and San Marco, owns its own vineyard on the banks of the River Piave, just outside Venice, where they have been producing their own fine DOC wines since 1925.
This family firm was founded in Negrisia in 1925 by Ruggero Lorenzon, a few metres from the banks of the River Piave. The high quality and the strong character of the finished product inspired him to label his first bottle of wine in the 1950s with the name ‘El Vin del Paron.’
Since then, they continue to use the traditional production process taught by Ruggero. The careful produced portfolio and the very limited number of bottles produced in the vineyard guarantee the craft quality of these wines.
In this ‘private cellar’ here is a collection of typical Italian wines, including famous reds such as Merlot Piave DOC and Cabernet Piave DOC, as well as their own peculiar Cabernet Spumante. All of these wines, as well as the Prosecco, have received several awards in national and international competitions.
On our arrival in our apartment, named ‘Baldacchino,’ a complementary bottle of Cabernet Piave DOC was awaiting us to welcome us as ‘we wish you a dream holiday in Venice.’
The ‘private cellar’ in this apartment contains 14 bottles of fine wine, five bottles of Spumante and three of Prosecco, and they range in price from €6 to €8.
The Cabernet Piave DOC, which we shared last night, has a deep ruby red colour tending towards purple, and with ageing takes on garnet undertones. It has good body and is typically dry and well-balanced.
The other wines in our ‘private cellar’ are Merlot Piave DOC, Pinot Grigio IGP, Rosé Manzoni 2.15 IGP, Brut Spumante Extra Dry and Prosecco DOC.
I may even bring a few bottles home with me on Friday.