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This Mountain Wine Project was a mission impossible made possible.
“Vigna 1350”, that is the name of the project, is today the highest vineyard in Western Europe.
It is located at 4,430 feet above the sea level, on the Dolomites, in Italy.
The project is indeed a successful experiment in heroic viticulture started in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Every year since 2013, the vineyard can produce from 60 to 200 bottles of wine.
It all started with the dream of a man in 2011. He probably thought of this project one night, while he was enjoing a good glass of wine in front of the fireplace, with a view of the sunset on the mountains from his window.
He told his friends: “Why don’t we plant a vineyard here, in Cortina?” – not an easy task at all!
Still they selected a terrace called La Vera, overlooking the valley in the shadow of Pomagagnon peak and they started the project.
This primacy adds to the many reasons to visit Cortina, the favorite place for celebrities and intellectuals, a corner of paradise in the heart of the Dolomites. These imposing rocky fortresses turn pink at dusk.
Dolomites are the remains of an ancient seabed and islands, formed in a tropical sea hundreds of millions of years ago!
The first explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries described these scenarios, now UNESCO heritage, as kingdom “of the Titans or the pale mountains”. And since a few years now it is also the kingdom of the Bacchus, the god who loved wine!
Zardini, the winemaker, could realize his dream thanks to his friends Francesco Anaclerio and Federico Menardi Comin, and with the support of an ancient local institution that rules over the collective properties in this area, the so-called Regole d’Ampezzo.
All the wine they produce is 100% organic.