There are two things we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings
William Hodding Carter II
WHO WE ARE
The Bianchi Michiel sisters
We cannot ignore the call of the origins. You might go far away, you might grow elsewhere, but who was born with the joy of the grape harvest and the scents of the cellar will be always tight to the own land. For life.
Since 1548 to nowadays the tradition has never been interrupted. From the Angaranos to the Formentis, from the Gradenigos to the Pisanis, from the Michiels to the Bianchi Michiels, the wine route leads always to Angarano.
It was in 1998 when the five sisters of Bianchi Michiel family inherited the estate from their father Ruggero. In 2003 they started an important process of business transformation, an essential step to position and gain a share of that market where the quality of wine is constantly increasing. The family decided to plant again the vineyard to give life to a new business that soon the whole world praised.
Then 2020 came, the future. Always more convinced that the land is the fundamental reason of life and prosperity of the whole estate, the sisters involve the latest generation. In close cooperation with their winemaker Marco Bernabei, they follow new directions: LE VIE ANGARANO, a new project, a new inheritance.
With great honor, the sisters of Bianchi Michiel family reconfirm the destiny that Palladio thought for their Villa: not only a house, but also the heart of a farm. Villa and land. One thing. Inseparable.
Always to be reborn. Like in every Spring. And be reborn with Love, because it is only with Love that work becomes Passion, that Passion becomes the motto of life, that life becomes must, that must becomes nectar, and nectar becomes excellence!
In the wine cellar, dynamism and modernity are in the atmosphere. It is the hive of the farm, the emblem of the hard work. Here we transform the raw material to prepare the base of our quality fines. The steel shines, high-tech tools daily monitor the development of processes, but we never disregard the knowledge of the elders have handed down with great wisdom.
The Barrel Room
When you enter into the courtyard through the big brick-colored front door, keep on walking leaving the old column porch on your left and the ivy wall on your right. Cross the farmyard, go beyond the beautiful cedar tree, under the fox grape pergola. In front of you there is another column porch like the one you have just crossed. Go ahead, because you have arrived. Here the winery becomes an excellence.
We are in the Barrel Room, where we create the great blends that tell about our land. It is time management with no hurry. Here wine rests and ages in seasoned oak barriques. Silence is a symphony and the suffused lightening softens the long shadows on the wide vaulted ceiling. If you close your eyes, you can already perceive what will happen: an explosion of tastes, scents and intense colors.
Finally, there is the Granary, another story, another seduction. It is a unique, large space extending on the whole length of the the west barchessa’s first floor. Here one breathes an enchanted air, the east Sun enters through the big hand-blown glass windows and shapes bright rays on the floor. Here Vespaiola grapes dry to become Torcolato wine. Here time gives sweetness to the best grape bunches.
Villa Angarano is a venetian villa in Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza province. In 1548 architect Andrea Palladio designed it, commissioned by his close friend Giacomo Angarano.
Today it is the property of the five sisters of the Bianchi Michiels: an ancient family that numbers Dogi among its members and carries on a project that has lasted for 500 years, along with the tradition of their ancestors.
Not only is Villa Angarano lived as a family house, but it is also a culture site and venue.
The column porches, called barchesse, at the two sides of the manor house, the antique stables containing original wrought-iron trough, wooden stalls and old plaques with the horses’ names, the family little church of Santa Maria Maddalena (Saint Mary Magdalene) and its statues by Giacomo Cassetti, the Park and its century-old trees, the small frescoed small pheasants’ house: all these elements make the past live. A past time that tells a story not only about a villa, but also about many lives, the generations that we should never forget.
In 1996 Villa Angarano was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites’ list as part of “City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto”.