Count Giordano Emo Capodilista is proud to be the 22nd generation of a family which traces go back to medieval times. His family history is not only long, but also as colourful as the tall count himself.
Towards the end of the Republic of Venice, the Emo’s from Venice became related to the Capodilista’s from Padova through marriage. From that moment on, two strong and old noble families were intertwined into one, Emo Capodilista.
Agriculture in general and especially viticulture have been part of the family tradition for centuries and is concentrated in and around the Colli Euganei, volcanic hills near Padova. In the north-eastern part we find the 13th century Castle with adjacent wine cellars and an absolutely amazing 16th century Villa in the middle of a geometrically designed park.
Taking good care of his cultural heritage is a serious task that feels like a duty to Count Giordano. Also in this aspect he resembles his forbears. One of them, in 1864, donated more than five hundred paintings to the City of Padua. An enormous wooden horse, attributed by Giorgio Vasari to Donatello (1466) and commissioned by another ancestor, has later been given on loan to the city and still is one of Padua’s iconic eye-catchers.
Horses, symbols of nobility … we find more traces of them. The stairs leading to the Villa still the original stairs also meant for horses and many of the wine labels show a cavaliere. The labels are taken from the Codice Capodilista, a codex from the early 15th century, showing famous forbears back to the time of the Holy Roman emperor Charles the Great (Charlemagne). The wine label Godimondo, for example, refers to a certain Sigismondo and the Forzate label refers to Beato Giordano Forzate, who was a friend of Saint Anthony of Padua.
By the way, the Codex, with its beautiful miniatures, can still be admired today, being one of the treasures of the Biblioteca Civica in Padua. Probably Count Giordano made the right choice when he decided not to become a diplomat as initially foreseen, but to take charge of his family estate, thereby safeguarding an enormous cultural heritage.
Today, the splendid Villa can be visited and rented for special occasions.