The De Stefani family originates in Refrontolo, a little hilly village in Veneto Italy, as results in official documents of 1624. In the second half of 1800 Valeriano De Stefani, the founder, individualized the best soil where to produce wines with rare personality in the Colvendrame estate in Refrontolo, on the hills between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, north of Venice.
His son Valeriano, second generation, inspired by his careful wife Angelina, began the tradition which the De Stefanis have always adhered: total devotion to quality with no compromise.
Tiziano, third generation, went till the Piave Valley identifying in the Pra' Longo estate in Monastier di Treviso and in the Le Ronche estate in Fossalta di Piave, both north-east of Venice and located near the Adriatic sea and the Dolomites Alps mountains, a particularly suitable soil made of “caranto”: a mix of white clay and minerals from the Dolomites mountains. Respecting the ancient tradition of the family, he brought important innovations in vineyard management and the vinification.
Today Alessandro De Stefani, fourth generation, produces wines under a very natural philosophy, from old and with very high density vineyards. Turning native varieties into better account, he developed a world distribution network, with an annual production limited to 300.000 bottles from 100 acres of vineyard and with wines recommended in the most important Guides.
The winery is actually composed by 3 estates: Colvendrame Estate, Le Ronche Estate and Pra' Longo Estate.
The Colvendrame estate in Refrontolo is located in Veneto in the hilly area between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, north of Treviso and Venice at about 300 m above sea level. “Colvendrame” is the name of the hill where there is our vineyard and is in the "Colli di Conegliano" and "Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene" D.O.C. wines area. In this estate in the second half of 1800 the De Stefani family started growing vines and producing wines, with such a fine art and a deep passion, that characterize our work even today after one century and a half. The soil of this estate is particularly rich in clay, locally called “creda”. This clay enables vines to have a slow and costant release of water and nutrients they need, guaranteing their natural balance. This pedological features, together with the ideal climate and the wide changes of temperature between day and night, enable us to produce full bodied and rich wines, with an important carachter.
The Le Ronche estate is located in Veneto, east of Treviso and north-east of Venice. The name Le Ronche represents an area of the village of Fossalta di Piave and comes from the local verb "roncare", which means to till and cultivate a field. Le Ronche were pieces of land with woods that, for the particular quality and structure of the soil, were cultivated mainly with vines, thanks to the excellent quality features of the grapes produced. It is in the Piave D.O.C. wines area. Piave is the name of an important river which goes through most of the eastern part of Veneto. During millennium it has left its sediments and originated this soil, particularly vocated to vine growing. The soil is very rich in clay, which gives a perfect balance to the vines and produces complex and important wines. In the sixties the De Stefani family selected the site where wines with a high personality and with a deep territorial identity could be produced and the traditional varieties of this area have been planted.
The Pra’ Longo estate in Monastier di Treviso is located at 2 km from the Le Ronche estate in Fossalta di Piave. “Pra’ Longo” represents a particular area of the village Monastier, which takes the name from the important monastery which was there in the past times. It is in the Piave D.O.C. wines area. Piave is the name of an important river which goes through most of the eastern part of Veneto. During millennium it has left its sediments and originated this soil, particularly vocated to vine growing.