Many in the Italian wine world know the pair as polar opposites. Winemaker Francesco Serafini is renowned for his outsize personality, while vineyard manager Antonio Vidotto is famously reserved. Serafini and Vidotto quietly founded their winery in Veneto’s picturesque Asolo township at the foot of the Dolomite Alps in the mid-1980s. It only took a decade for the world to take note. By the late 2000s, their stunning international-style blends were being called the “best in their category” by wine writers and they were being offered on New York’s top wine lists. Today, few remember that during the Austro-Hungarian occupation of Veneto, Asolo was one of the top communes for the production of grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. World War I literally wiped that viticultural tradition off the map. Serafini and Vidotto were among the pioneers who rebuilt that legacy. And the ochre, iron-rich clay and pebbly soils of the Piave River Valley continue to deliver some of the best red wines in the world. Serafini e Vidotto is also one of the few growers who vinifies the Recantina grape, a variety once thought lost to the ages. Often considered an “outlier” because they make red wine in the land of Prosecco, Serafini and Vidotto continue to push the envelope as they produce some of Italy’s most critically acclaimed Bordeaux blends.
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A certified “Biodiversity Friend” estate where sustainable practices like composting, smart water management, and minimal intervention in the vineyards reduce the winery’s carbon footprint and make for vibrant wines with depth and nuance. Nearly all vineyard work is done by hand. And the winemaking is as “natural as possible.”