It all started with the deep passion of a man who, because he lived in an area with a historical vocation for “Rosé” wines, decided to launch out on his own into winemaking and winery management. Mattia Vezzola senior thus purchased his first vineyards in Moniga in the “Costa” locality, where the current Costaripa winery was to be built about 60 years later.
The first Rosé wine was produced… “Chiaretto di Moniga” with the submerged-cap method.
The second generation of the family, Bruno and Franco Vezzola continued to upgrade the quality of what was once called “Chiaretto di Moniga” both in terms of grape-growing and winemaking.
Bruno, an outstanding winemaker, experimented with the first rootstocks and maintained the pruning principle imported in 1896 by Bordeaux oenologists, whose focus was on producing small quantities of grapes but of excellent quality.
With the primary intent of fully respecting the shallow soil depth, work began in the “Costa”, “Magher” and “Cap Grant” vineyards with the help of a wonderful “avellinese” breed horse called “Masker”.
Mattia Vezzola finished his oenology studies in Conegliano and began his career in the winery. Together with his brother and father Bruno, he began putting to the test his original ideas on grape-growing and winemaking, which had been necessarily modified during the Second World War period for economic reasons.
After his first trip to Champagne, Mattia fell in love with the world of sparkling wine production and the philosophy that underlines the importance, in this world too, of making extremely complex, refined, elegant and equally long-lasting wines.
The first Costaripa Classic Method came into use, with the Chardonnay grapes of Lake Garda.
This was the first year of totally independent vinification and that which made possible the combination of the experience of tradition with the modern technology of the early ’80s… “RosaMara” was born.
The decision was taken to set aside a vineyard of Groppello Gentile, by means of rigorous pruning, and an even more meticulous selection of bunches, in order to make a red wine able to promote the great finesse and silkiness of the Groppello variety, considered one of the 10 oldest varieties in Italy. The first and only pièce dedicated to the first edition of “Maim” arrived at Costaripa from Burgundy.
The subversive character, little inclined to compromise, of Mattia, resulted in his making a consideration that was to lead him onto an avant-garde path: to associate the value of time with a Rosé wine dedicating it to Senator Pompeo Gherardo Molmenti, who in 1936 gave Moniga the paternity of the 1st Italian Rosé from dedicated viticulture.
Christiaan Barnard, who performed the first heart transplant in 1967, and Princess Diana set up a foundation dedicated to seeking humanitarian aid to support children around the world with serious heart problems.
Together with Costaripa, the decision was taken to produce a red wine, in which the tradition and beneficial influences of Lake Garda live side by side, to prove the statements of C.B. who in his writings declares “two glasses of red wine a day help our heart to stay healthy”.
In 2000 the “Christiaan Barnard Foundation” wine was produced, thanks to which two children under the age of 3 received a new “heart”. Today this wine bears the name Campostarne.
The construction of the new winery was completed. 2800 square metres perfectly inserted in the landscape’s Winemaking context, with technology mainly dedicated to the production of Rosé wines.
The path of renewal of the corporate image began …
Thanks to the collaboration with the Creative Graphic Designer Giacomo Bersanetti, the profile of the new Costaripa bottle saw the light.
Restoring the time of your own history, your origins and your dreams. The satisfaction of putting your own family name on the label, the immense pleasure of indicating your surname, the name of the wine and your future at the same time… The “Mattia Vezzola Classic Method” was launched.
The Gambero Rosso guide has for several years now carefully evaluated the evolution of this research, but as often happens, waiting makes us understand the value of ideas that only perseverance and time can turn into reality.
After 4 years of refinement… Molmenti 2015 becomes the first best Italian Rosé.