firm agricultural Corte Gardoni has an own wine cellar of
vinification only from the 1980, however this means only
that like manufacturing of wine with a his label is young. But
really the Piccoli family, that possesses it, has an experience of
at least four centuries in the viticulture and vinification. Is
Documented, in fact, that until from the 1600 the progenitors of
the actual holder had vineyards to Cellore, in val d'Illasi.
Piccoli, that has created Corte Gardoni, belongs however to a
branch of the family that has left Cellore to the beginning of
this century. Three generations do, the vineyards were devastated
from the fillossera. And to that point the small ownership was not
able to support all. So, one of the five males moved in an other
place of the Veronese.
zone however it was not qualified to the viticulture, and in fact
his child Aldo, to develop the firm aimed on the fruit growing.
But he always preserve in heart the nostalgia for the hills, where
the vineyards, specially those of corvina, give wines of authentic
big quality. He was quite therefore to encourage his child Gianni,
in the 1971, to acquire an agricultural firm to Valeggio. It was a
tempting occasion also because, together with a cultivation of
peaches, the land had also a beautiful vineyard. A hill vineyard.
possibility offered from Valeggio of return to the viticulture was
lived from all the family like a recovery of the origins. And
in fact ten years after, in the '81, also Aldo Piccoli leaved the
lowland, moving in the new agricultural firm, that his child
called Corte Gardoni.
vineyards offered to him a precious patrimony of autochthonous
vine: corvina, garganega, trebbiano, bianca Fernanda, trebbianello,
of excellent qualitative level and perfectly acclimatized. There
was even an international variety: a small piece of ground was
cultivated to chardonnay. However Gianni Piccoli acquired Corte
Gardoni to continue his activity of fruit grower and the vineyard
was for him a collateral activity. Infact he continued for any
year to sell his grapes to the wine firms of the zone. Till then
the feeling to be in the hands of firms for transformation that
didn't care about quality of the grapes and that paid attention
only to buy them to the lawest possible price moved him to become
suddenly a wine producer.
only way to escape from the excessive power of the wine houses was
not to confer any more to others the grapes but to make wine
himself. It was not easy: he needed to build a wine cellar able to
operate just from the following vintage. But he was able to do
that: he still remember the first vinification, because while he
was busy, for the first time, to the oenological practical,
November 4 1980 the snow fell to Valeggio. Under the white one
baptism was bearing the two wines with which the label of Corte
Gardoni started: the Bardolino and the Bianco di Custoza.