As part of its mission to be "an expression of the Venetian territories", Masi went to Friuli, where its technicians have selected foothill vineyard with the right soils and micro-climates to make innovative wines in the unmistakable traditions of the Veneto, using grapes and methods that are native to the Venetian regions.
The large Stra' del Milione estate can be found in the Grave region, in the commune of Castions di Strada at Località Paradiso, to be exact. The vines are trained in the Sylvoz and Guyot fashions and the vineyards have been chosen to be fully mechanisable, so as to make good quality modern wines, both red and white.
The property is named after the road that borders it, the "strada del Milione", which follows one of the principal routes that used to be followed to go from Venice to the Orient. In fact, "Il Milione", also called "Travels of Marco Polo", is the book Marco Polo wrote about his travels eastwards in the XIII century.
The Masi Stra' del Milione estate produces three "Supervenetians": Grandarella, a full-bodied red made from semi-dried grapes, Rosa dei Masi, a fresh and fruity rosé wine but complex and elegant at the same time, and Masianco, a wine with great personality. Modello delle Venezie Rosso and Bianco form a modern, youthful range, with fresh and vibrant tastes.
The soil is of various types, but mainly sedimentary limestone on basalt and silted clay. The climate is influenced by the vicinity of the Adriatic Sea, which means both the breezes and the temperatures are moderate. The characteristic Bora winds found in the Gulf of Trieste help keep the land dry and limit vineyard humidity. Particular attention is paid to water provision, taking advantage of the abundant, natural spring water available.
Masi technicians have analysed the various soils and micro-climates of the estate to plant the most suitable grape varieties in the best locations. Varieties cultivated include principally Pinot Grigio, Verduzzo, Refosco, Carmenère and Raboso Veronese, and also some other interesting native grape types from the Venetian regions.