About us

About us

Ca' Rugate is an agricultural business in Veneto which produces local wines that express in a simple and natural way the land in which they are grown, that of Soave Classico, Valpolicella and Lessini Durello. The company has known how to innovate, reinterpreting traditions and investing in the vineyards most suited to the cultivation of historical vine types. Its history goes back 100 years, bound inseparably to the Tessari family for four generations, and to the dark and volcanic land of the Rugate hill, near the centre of Brognoligo, where it all began.
A HUNDRED YEARS OF LOVE FOR THE LAND HAVE NOT ONLY GROWN GRAPES
A HUNDRED YEARS OF LOVE FOR THE LAND HAVE NOT ONLY GROWN GRAPES
At the beginning of the 20th century Amedeo Tessari, known as “Mideo”, sensed the high quality potential of his land here and sold his own wine in the family hostelry. From father to son, hectare by hectare, the history of Ca' Rugate dwells around the land of the Rugate. Already in the 1930s the Tessari family harvested cherries, plums, peaches and almonds. Not a great deal of grapes were produced, all Garganega and Turbiana, and they were picked to be sold at the local markets. 
Story of a history

The documentary film which tells the story of Fulvio Beo Tessari, his land and his family.

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From wine on tap to the first labels was a rapid step
From wine on tap to the first labels was a rapid step

Over the years the vineyards were extended, and his son, Fulvio “Beo” Tessari, who had just bought the vineyards at Monte Fiorentine, decided to crush the grapes and make a wine himself. He bought new concrete vats and large-sized casks; the first vinery was thus started at Rugate around 1950. From wine on tap to the first labels was a rapid step. Fulvio and his eldest son Amedeo took the decision to extend the Brognoligo vinery and invested in new machinery. These were years of great activity. The first bottles with a Ca' Rugate label were of 1986 vintage, and the Ca' Rugate wines began to cross national borders.

THE QUALITY OF A WINE IS BORN FIRST IN THE VINEYARD AND THEN IN THE VINERY
THE QUALITY OF A WINE IS BORN FIRST IN THE VINEYARD AND THEN IN THE VINERY
2001 is the year of the fourth generation of Tessari. Michele, Amedeo’s son, joined the business. In line with his oenological training he set up a major modernization process for the business, both in terms of quality and organization. On the one hand, a decision was taken to extend the experience of nearby Valpolicella, purchasing the first 15 hectares in the district of Montecchia di Crosara; on the other, the project for a new vinery, technological and functional, which would be opened in September 2002 at Montecchia di Crosara, along the Val d’Alpone road. This strategic and structural growth was supported by a network for wine distribution, which today stretches to 98 Italian provinces and 42 countries abroad. In 2006 Michele and his family took the decision to set up a museum of farming culture, making the Tessari’s wine-producing history available for all. Lastly, in 2009 the decision was made to invest in the neighbouring area of Lessini Durello, which had always been used for the classical method production of excellent quality wines. Today Ca' Rugate is a business well-rooted in the local land, but which also breathes in an international climate, with a property of over 80 hectares of vineyards and a production which combines respect for tradition with appropriate innovation, the fruit of conscientious and meticulous work, in the name of continuity and quality.
our choices in agronomy and oenology
our choices in agronomy and oenology

Since 2004 all the vineyards of Ca' Rugate have worked with the most natural methods possible, in the name of environmental sustainability: from fertilizing to pruning the vines, to the use of pesticides. “We have completely abandoned chemical fertilizers, replacing them with cow manure on a three-year/five-year cycle, organic soil-improvers and organo-mineral fertilizers. The aim is to use healthy grapes, suited to winemaking which does not require corrective measures on the must and which preserves the essence of the harvested grapes, broadening the various characteristics peculiar to each harvest.” With this objective the company takes advice from consultants and technical experts of the highest calibre, who guarantee, on the basis of these criteria, the best results in the bottle.

the Independent Wine-producers of Soave
the Independent Wine-producers of Soave

In 2013 Ca' Rugate joined the Independent Wine-producers of Soave, an association affiliated to F.I.V.I. (Italian Federation of Independent Wine-producers), with the aim of protecting the typical qualities of Soave wine, emphasizing authenticity. By means of an operation for transparency of origin, traceability of the wine’s production and respect for sustainable environmental values, the members work in the interest of interpreting, passing on knowledge and looking after the Soave territory and its wines. 

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