The plain land of the Treviso province is crossed by the river Piave, which brings along the memories of many furious battles fought along its banks near the end of World War I.
The current of the river is sometimes very strong in autumn, and the plain has been repeatedly flooded with devastating effects. The proud people who have been living along the Piave banks for hundreds of years have somehow picked up the nature of the river pebbles: hard and rounded.
The extraordinary character of this river permeates the whole area as it winds its way through it, and some villages bear its mark on their names: Tezze di Piave, Mareno di Piave, Santa Lucia di Piave.
Moreover, the only native red grape variety of the Treviso province bears its name, too: Raboso Piave, grown in the Piave Appellation of Origin created in 1971.
The Raboso variety has always thrived in the alluvial soil of the Piave Appellation of Origin, and at the times of the Venetian Republic it was already the leading variety for the production of wine grapes.
From the 2008 vintage there is now the possibility to claim the new Piave Malanotte DOCG (Malanotte is the name of an ancient burgh at Tezze di Piave, in the very heart of the Piave estates) which involves drying a minimum of 15% to a maximum of 30% of the grapes.