ORIGIN OF THE NAME
From the balcony of Maso Belvedere one overlooks the Adige Valley. The Rotaliana Plain stretches right in front of it and the look can sweep from Mezzocorona Mount to the Paganella, till the pyramid of Monte Bondone, the mountain of the town of Trento. The name “Bellaveder” appears for the first time in an episcopal seal dated 1767. Our first label “A burgo S. Michaelis ad Athesim Faedi ascendit per Mansum Bellaveder” comes from here.
In the fifties Dr. Mario Seppi acquired the country house and its first three hectares of vineyards. Because of the small dimensions of the initial area, only later extended to the current eight hectares, local people used to call the property “Mas Picol”, meaning small estate. We named our Teroldego after this appellative, to remember where it all started. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century Dr. Seppi’s son-in-low, Tranquillo Luchetta, committed himself to the vineyard care. In 2003 he decided to realize a rational underground winery next to the original building. Since 2006 the agronomic and oenological management have been assigned to young Luca Gasperinatti.
The Azienda Agricola Bellaveder consists of two wine branches, Maso Belvedere and “San Lorenz” Vineyard. The eight hectares of Maso Belvedere are made of two typologies of terroir. The downstream area is characterized by a calcareous substrate with a high presence of dolomite and a moderate deep loamy sand soil. The upstream area is made up of a deeper soil, with a high quantity of clay and marl, and a substrate composed of a conglomerate of marl and red silt stones. The white grapes varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon and Gewürztraminer, are grown with the traditional pergola method. This method assures protection from the direct exposure to solar light during summer and therefore freshness. The red grapes varieties, Pinot nero, Teroldego and Lagrein, are grown as guyot, a farming method which assures a higher number of plants per hectare and a great level of ripening. In Valle dei Laghi, situated between Lake Garda and the Brenta Dolomites, 600 meters high on the wild slope overlooking Cavedine Lake, extends San Lorenz vineyard, a modern espalier system. The high altitude gives freshness and the limestone gives aromas and minerality to Müller-Thurgau, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes that ripen there.