The rise of Masottina coincides with the North-Italian miracle that turned the Veneto region into one of the most prosperous industrial areas of Europe, after the end of World War II.
In this booming region, in 1946 a wine company was founded by the Dal Bianco family who at that time only produced still wines. The company is situated in the hills around the city of Conegliano, and at some 50 kilometres distance from Venice. In 1986, it was renamed Masottina and nowadays it is run by the founder’s three sons, Adriano, Valerio and Renzo. Adriano Dal Bianco is the president of the company. He studied oenology in Conegliano and began working for several other producers in order to broaden his horizon, before joining his father’s company in 1976.
Spumante and Frizzante are important products for the company that owns 50 hectares of vineyards. Based in Conegliano, together with Valdobbiadene the heart of the Prosecco region, they turned out to be excellent Prosecco producers. Nevertheless, they continued to make first class still wines as well. Their Ai Palazzi vineyards, for instance, are situated in the river Piave area, and these yield fine red (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) and white (Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay) wines.
In the hills of Conegliano, the Dal Bianco’s grow among others a grape variety with a highly intriguing name: Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13. This refers to the botanical indication
I.M. 6-0-13, a crossbreed of Rhine Riesling and Pinot Bianco. The name was given by Giovanni Manzoni, then the Director of the Oenological School at Conegliano, where, as you may recall, also Adriano Dal Bianco once was a student. In collaboration with the same school the DOC Colli di Conegliano has been created (1993). The Masottina vineyards for these wines are located in Conegliano itself; today they generate the top of the estate: Rizzardo (white) and Montesco (red).
Adriano Dal Bianco and his wife Franca, by the way, are 100% Veneto and 100% perfect hosts. Over 30 years later, the results of all that work and experience are there for all to see, and taste. Try it, and discover for yourself that at Masottina they keep their promises: that they will continue to enrapt you through the consistent high quality of their wines.