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The Story of Bele Casel in a video by Vino Diretto

The story of Bele Casel

The story of Bele Casel began when our grandfather Ilario decided to give his little vineyard to mum and dad. The winery, which you definitely wouldn’t have called like that, actually was a simple room where they used to label and bottle by night after work or during the weekend. The only wine they produced was ColFondo (here an interesting post where we explain how ColFondo is made) that was put in our granmother’s living room in order to let the second fermentation start.

Bele Casel, today

Things have changed and today the whole family is working in the business. We produce four Proseccos:  ColFondo, the Extra Brut, the Extra Dry e the Dry. The difference between these wines is in terms of, apart from the residual sugar levels, origin. Every wine has its own story and its origin. Everyone of our vineyards on the hills has well defined characteristics that identifies our wines.

Thank you to Vino Diretto for having realised this video that sums up what we were and what we are.


One of Treviso’s artistic jewels: The Tempio by Antonio Canova

Over on their Facebook, the Ferraros recently posted this gorgeous photo of the hills of Asolo as seen from the nineteenth-century Tempio (Temple) by Italian sculptor, painter, and architect Antonio Canova.

Canova was born in the township of Possagno in Treviso province, not far from the Bele Casel winery and its vineyards, where the Ferraro family grows Glera and other indigenous grape varieties for its Asolo Prosecco DOCG.

In the early 1800s, he was asked to restore and rebuild the church in his hometown.

The result was what is now referred to as the Tempio Canoviano (the “Canovian Temple”) one of the great masterworks of Italy’s neoclassical movement during the nineteenth century.

Antonio Canova’s Tempio is just one of the major works by him that can still be viewed in Treviso province.

Even though he went to Rome to study, sculpt, and paint in his early 20s and became one of the leading forces of the art world in Italy at the time, he later returned to his native land where he executed some of the most famous works of art in the world today, many of which can also be found outside of Italy in places liked the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The most amazing thing is that you can view some of great works at the Canova museum in Possagno, not far from Asolo.

Some of his works can also be seen in the Municipal Museum of Asolo proper.

Luca to lead Franciacorta seminar at FIVI Wine Fair

We are thrilled to share the news that Luca will be leading the inaugural seminar this year at the annual Italian Federation of Independent Grape Growers (FIVI) fair and market in November (29-30).

This year’s theme for the opening seminar is Franciacorta.

Click here for the complete schedule and registration info.

FIVI is Italy’s leading association for independent grape growers. Its member must grow, vinify, bottle, and sell their own wines (no négociants or bottlers are allowed to join).

Luca has served on its advisory board for some time now. And in recent years, the body has become one of the most important voices and lobbying groups for independent grape growers in Italy.

As a grower and producer of Prosecco, it’s a great honor for him to have been chosen to present Franciacorta (a separate appellation in a different region than his).

“To be honest,” he wrote on his Facebook, “I’m really nervous about this. Leading a tasting like this for such an important appellation and wineries is an enormous responsibility. I promise to do my best.”

You can view the flight of wines Luca will be pouring on Facebook.

Franciacorta is a classic method wine while Prosecco can be a Charmat method or an ancestral method wine.

Franciacorta is grown in Brescia province in the region of Lombardy.

Prosecco is grown in Treviso province in the region of Veneto.

“Why I love Bele Casel Prosecco Colfòndo” by Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi

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Houston, we have a problem. A big problem, actually.

Bele Casel wines are not currently available in Texas (where we live). And that means that I have to buy the wines in California when I visit my family there and ship the wines to myself.

You buy the wines, you ask? Yes, even though the Ferraro family has been very generous with us and has gifted us bottles on many occasions and hosted us in their home and has taken us out to dine in some of the best restaurants in Treviso province, I can’t expect them to subsidize our weekly consumption of their wines. That’s how much my wife Tracie P and I love them — the Colfòndo in particular.

(If you’re new here, I’ve been the Bele Casel blogmaster for the last two years. We’re now embarking on our third year working together and I love it.)

At our house, wine is nearly always part of our dinnertime meal. Although we love to drink wine in celebration as much as the next person, moderate wine consumption at mealtime is very important to us. We believe that wine’s acidity and balanced alcohol are important elements in healthy digestion.

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Ciao Carol, we will miss you…

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Above: the Ferraro family with Carol Hastings (second from left) and Gareth Owens of Chambers and Chambers (second from right) in Asolo in 2013.

It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of our good friend Carol Hastings of Chambers and Chambers, our California importer, who left this world for a better one on Saturday.

Carol had worked as a partner in Chambers and Chambers since 1984 and she was a big supporter of our wines.

She was a lovely person and she touched the lives of so many in the wine trade.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Michaud, with whom she made wine in California, a son and a sister.

Ciao Carol, che la terra ti sia lieve.