Passion, research, and respect for tradition and environment — these are the values of the Paladin family.
When Valentino Paladin founded Paladin Spa in 1962, he skilfully situated it between Veneto and Friuli, Italy. His talent in recognising terroir has been inherited by his children, who have gone on to develop the company, acquiring three more estates.
Not only do Paladin wines regularly win international awards, but the Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Cuvée Lucrezia Etichetta Nera 2004 won 3 Glasses, as well as Best Sparkling Wine at the Italian Sommelier Awards and the 5 Clusters, making it the most awarded Franciacorta wine in history.
Today it is Valentino’s children, Carlo, Lucia and Roberto, who produce regionally representative wines in the Paladin family tradition. Their energy and enthusiasm have helped to expand the company’s reach and prestige.
Carlo started working with his father as a young boy, and now supervises the production cycle from vineyard to winery. Dynamic yet measured, he is responsible for the winery’s overall direction, the viticultural and oenological research, and the experimentation.
Lucia works to develop markets, helped in Germany and Switzerland by a great wine ambassador, the export director Renato Dreussi. She also coordinates finance and marketing, including communicating the company’s image across all media. Roberto manages the domestic market, supervising 60 salespeople who promote all the family’s wines throughout the country’s best restaurants, wine bars and wine shops.
The Paladin family practices “reasoned viticulture”, putting every effort into getting the best results with the least waste, while working with the utmost care for the quality of the wine, the environment and for ethics. Projects include reducing sulphites, maintaining a responsible carbon footprint, taking extra care in the vineyards – including night harvesting to preserve the grapes’ aroma – and collaborating with Padua University and Milan University.
The family, famous for producing fruity wines like the red Salbanello, have also acquired more vineyards. After they founded the Bosco del Merlo estate in 1977, the Paladin family rejuvenated the old estate vineyards and planted them with more desirable vines, as determined in collaboration with the Istituto Sperimentale per la Viticoltura in Conegliano. The 100-ha Bosco del Merlo is now renowned for the production of great crus as Prosecco and Sauvignon.
Another acquisition was the Premiata Fattoria di Castelvecchi in Chianti estate near Radda, in the very heart of Chianti Classico. The setting is amazing, as the vineyards range over some of the steepest hills in Tuscany, at the foot of the millennium-old Castelvecchi Castle.
And finally, there is Castello Bonomi, a tiny chateau situated on the slopes of Monte Orfano in Franciacorta, the Italian region considered best for the production of Metodo Classico sparkling wines. Franciacorta CruPerdu – a lively sparkling that rests for more than 36 months on its yeasts in the bottle – is Castello Bonomi’s signature offering.
The passion of Carlo, Lucia and Roberto Paladin is fuelled by a commitment to both tradition and innovation, and is showcased in their picturesque vineyards and award-winning wines.
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