Our father Simeone Barbaran, remembering from a very young age this wine made by the family, discovered an ancient vineyard close to his property that had survived all these years, which was about to be uprooted.
This roused his curiosity so he had those grape varietals analysed by Ms. Cancellier, an established researcher from the Istituto Sperimentale per la Viticoltura di Conegliano (Conegliano Viticulture Experimental Institute) and was told that it was indeed the ancient “white Rabosina” grape which he had been looking for for quite some time and which was mentioned by Agostinetti in his “Cento e dieci ricordi che formano il buon fattor di villa” (A hundred and one memories that make a good farm manager).
He stopped the elimination of that vineyard for a while, picked buds of healthy vines and started to have expert nursery workers reproduce new shoots to start off a new experimental vineyard on his own land. Having relied on the studies by the Institute in Conegliano, that grape varietal which was now growing on his property was classified as “Grapariol Barbaran” which proved to be its own grape varietal, distinguishable from those already in the National register of vine varietals.
Raboso was proudly the most important international wine in the Veneto-Friuli area, the presence of which has been documented since the early 17th Century. A wine boasting ancient origins; its name is said to derive either from the namesake affluent of the river Piave or from the term “rabbioso” (raging), due to the astringent taste of the wine obtained, distinguished by remarkable tannicity and acidity. The Ampelographic Bulletin of 1870 mentions with extreme accuracy the “Raboso del Piave”, stating that “this type of wine” had quite an importance abroad, so much so that bottles of Raboso del Piave were found in the cellars of rich Englishmen, donated and procured from the last ambassadors of the Republic of Venice.
It was considered for many centuries one of the principal and most important wines from Treviso.
A wine with organoleptic characteristics recalling wild grape skins, that is to say “untamed”, it represents with its warm red hue the heart of a strong rural culture. The Raboso grape varietal is also known for its particular characteristics, such as being a robust varietal that withstands diseases thanks to the outstanding resistance of the skin.
What’s more, it is immune to cold, aridity and shrivelling. In the past, when a baby was born, there was a widespread custom, both among families of farmers as well as amid the nobility, to keep a bottle of Raboso for the day the baby got married!
A Veneto tradition, which we are quite happy to pick up again.
Di colore rosso rubino intenso con orli violacei, esprime un profumo fruttato con sentore di marasca e lampone, nella nostra versione giovane è più amabile, leggermente frizzante, delicatamente acidulo.