Durante Le Spinée
The “Durante Farm” lies in the north-west of the zone known as “Piave DOC”, in the Province of Treviso. This area owes its exceptional development to the efforts and constant interaction with the territory and its natural resources.
The area of the Piave DOC covers a vast plain that is confined to the south by the sea, to the north-west by the hills of Conegliano and Montello, its length crossed by the Piave river, whilst to the north-east it borders on the region of Friuli. Each wine is produced with the same dedication, respecting the ancient laws of nature though modern.
In this long-lasting wine-making tradition area you find “Durante farm”, a small family-owned winery located at the foot of the Montello hill, run by father Lino and both sons Ivano and Michele. The “Durante farm” is an 18 hectars land also called “Le Spinée,” its name derives from a place originally (400-600 AD) inhabited by monks, and later abandoned. In this plot of land wild prickly bushes and brambles started growing, therefore the Italian
word for “spine”, “Le Spinée”. Now, this part of land has become a lush wine estate where, in the aim of pursuing the tradition handed down by their grandfather and their father, Ivano and Michele practice organic agriculture since 1998.
Organic agriculture is more than simply a way of farming, It is also a philosophy. There is no doubt that growing using organic principles protects the environment and the people who work in the vineyards. The fundamental idea behind organic wine is that making wine from grapes without chemical fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides and other synthetic chemicals is better both for the planet and for the wine drinker. Maintaining a healthy, biologically active soil is their main objective. In the vineyard it means cultivating the soil and planting cover crops, and using natural fertilizers. "We encourage natural predators of insect pests instead of using poisonous insecticides. You can easily find sparrows and blackbird nests among wine rows or on the trees or notice the race of a hare or some pheasants among the bushes!"