Our land, family and vineyards were ever present in my grandfather's war stories. I imagined that, in those years, Raboso del Piave could be the most authentic, powerful symbol of what we were and are.
The Wine of
the Great War
December 1917. Austrian soldiers used to tap wine from a winery owned by the Bonotto family, partially destroyed by fire and explosion.
With a limited, numbered edition of 600 magnum bottles of Raboso 15-18 Centenarius, the Bonotto family is now celebrating 100 years since that event. The first 200 magnum bottles will be given to the Heads of State, Ambassadors and authorities of all the nations that were involved in the conflict.
Dedicated to all wine lovers, the other 400 bottles are available upon reservation on this site.
During the Great War, which involved 22 nations, the Piave front saw one of the final battles that declared winners and losers and ended the conflict.
The Great War
for the Bonotto Family
The Great War hit many families hard, including the Bonotto's. While their children were sent to the front, their home and properties were occupied by German and then Austro-Hungarian soldiers.
In letters from the battlefront, soldiers used to mention their home and lands, including vineyards, alongside their families. This attachment to their roots allowed the people of the Piave area to find the strength to recover and move on after the war.
An article published in La Tribuna on March 1, 1918 referred to the need
to make up for the damages suffered by the families that lived in occupied lands.
Refugees leaving their own land had to go
through an Austrian military checkpoint.
November 1918. After occupying it for several months,
Austrian soldiers left Villa Bonotto a few days before the end of hostilities.
Identification card of Lieutenant Antonio Bonotto,
Silver Medal of Military Valour.
Inventory of the Bonotto family properties as at November 7, 1917,
drawn up at the request of the Government for future compensation for damages.
Raboso del Piave
Bold, stubborn, "rustic". But if you get to know it better, it will prove unexpectedly generous, friendly and warm. Just like its people.
Raboso is a local vine that has achieved perfect harmony with the land and the people on the Left side of the Piave, where the river widens and has created a bed of stones over the centuries - the so-called Grave del Piave.
Only the hardy Raboso vine could find its ideal habitat in such a harsh, rocky terroir.
Raboso is a native vine not only because it is grown in this special area, but also because it is part of the local culture. Since it used to be everyday table wine, it has remained unchanged for centuries. Today, the passion of many winemakers is earning it a place in the exclusive circle of the world's most popular wines, just as it deserves.
Wine and the related traditions were a vital part of rural life and, on festive occasions, they brought out the joy of the people of the Piave area and their willingness to share what they had. On important occasions, they used to draw wine off from the best barrels, which contained the very best Raboso wine; almost sacred, it had a strong symbolic value.
1913. A convivial gathering among the family
heads of the Piave area at Tenuta Bonotto delle Tezze.
The earliest documented roots of the Bonotto family in Contrada delle Tezze date back to 1473. Over the centuries, 13 generations of women and men have helped write the history of wine, emphasising the improvement of Raboso del Piave.
An abstract of a land property lease signed on March 11, 1580 between the Bonotto delle Tezze family and the Monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Murano. This document is now kept at the State Archives of Venice.
Antonio and Vittoria, with their children Luigi and Giacomo, are now keeping alive this rich, deep-rooted family tradition.
Tenuta Bonotto today.
On May 24, Italy went to war against Austria and Hungary. It was the beginning of the Great War for the country.
After the defeat of Caporetto in October 1917, Italy launched a counter-offensive from the Piave line, which led to the victorious battle of Vittorio Veneto. The war was over.
Antonio Bonotto decided to commemorate the centenary of the conflict with a traditional wine from the Piave area - the Raboso Piave DOC - which was left to mature for 3 years in oak barrels and will be ready in 2015.
November: Raboso 15-18 Centenarius by Bonotto delle Tezze
is now available in 600 numbered magnum bottles.
With its long history, Raboso wine evokes the emotions of a period of tragedy and great bravery at the same time.
The grapes used to make Raboso 15-18 Centenarius are handpicked from an old Bellussera vineyard in the area of Santa Maria del Piave. Based on a fan-like system, the Bellussera vine training method characterised the landscape of this region throughout the twentieth century; even today, some vineyards in the lower plains of the River Piave are still grown using this method.
The grapes used for Raboso 15-18 Centenarius were harvested and made into wine in October 2012; the following spring, the wine was left to mature in 4 exclusive oak barrels.
In spring 2015, the wine was drawn off the barrels and prepared for bottling. It was bottled on July 8, 2015 and left to mature in bottles for another 4 months.
Since november 2015, Raboso 15-18 Centenarius is available for your pleasure of tasting History.
From an Old "Bellussera" Vineyard to 4 Exclusive Oak Barrels.
If you wish to have your own magnum bottle of Raboso 15-18 Centenarius,we recommend that you reserve one right now: our magnum bottles come in a limited edition of only 400 pieces.
Numbered from 001 to 600, the first 200 bottles will be given to the Heads of State, Ambassadors and authorities of all the nations that were involved in the Great War;
you may reserve magnum bottles numbered 201 to 600.
Reservations will be accepted until stocks are exhausted.
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