'''We believed that by planting dreams we could pick grapes and olives''
The love and the passion of Mirco and Gloria gave birth to a dream named Vignaioli Contra Soarda. Despite the fact that past and present connects the Gottardi family to the restaurant business since 1904, Mirco and Gloria, in 1999, decided to dedicate also to their other big passion: wine. The planted dreams brought to life an abandoned place for years on the Bassano hillside, where more than 60,000 vines and 1,000 olive trees found the perfect conditions to grow vigorous and able to sustain the biological viticulture. The bond with nature and its continuous becoming inspired the rediscovery and the enhancement of the territory through its fruits and motivated the willingness to communicate it to the world through the wine. The cellar, in the same way, was built in total respect with the environment and the surroundings. Today, the second generation, composed of the children Marcello and Eleonora, pursue the family dream with the same dedication and enthusiasm. For nearly a century, from one generation to the other, the Gottardi Family handed down the feeling of devotion to the land, snatching it from the jaws of disregard, to elevate it to virtue.
“The sky gives, the earth receives and grows, man brings to completion”
The Gottardi family
Brave, extroverted and stubborn. Mirco was able, with his work and his extraordinary perseverance, to bring to light a forgotten place, recognizing its potential and the importance of respect for his territory. Unconditioned dreamer, Mirco has been always looking for something: new ideas and projects are regularly order of the day. His driver is an uncontrolled passion for his job, his love for nature, the vineyard and for the people surrounding him.
Smiling, bright and energetic. Gloria is vigorous. Her essential are animals and nature; all the rest can wait. Tireless worker, she takes care of the daily tasks with an attention to the detail that only a true Woman can have. Heating and merry, Gloria knows how to be loved by people, welcoming visitors in the cellar and customers in the restaurant. Her eternal little girl spontaneity makes her unique, eager and transparent.
Resolute, pragmatic and passionate. Marcello doesn’t loose time to challenge himself. His devotion to the vineyard and cellar is admirable and without precedents: full of research and innovation but without forgetting the tradition related to the territory. Diligence, responsibility and tenacity are only few of the qualities that Marcello reflects on his job, realizing, therefore, incredible wines, rich of passion and terroir.
Charming, enterprising and breezy. Eleonora loves to travel and to explore. Her energetic and endless research, both intellectually and spiritually, of the balance, makes her the worst mediator of herself but the best when it is about the others. Eleonora likes to talk, to get involved in discussions and share her creative ideas. Her interest in beauty makes her ideal for the creation of new wine labels and images used to launch the company into the market.
Despite our qualities, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the collaboration and loyalty of our friends and workers:
Davide Basso (agronomist); Marco De Lucca (winemaker); Viviana Fontana (export e PR); Erica Battocchio (chef); Alice Strapazzon (maître).
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"