A great discovery was made in the Valpolicella vineyards where the precious Amarone is produced: a magnificent Roman mosaic floor dating back to 1,700 years ago. A few meters deep, a part of the pavement and foundations of a Roman villa surfaced which, according to archaeologists, dates back to the third century after Christ. After decades of failed attempts, those colorful weaves are shown to the world in all their elegance.
It is no a coincidence that the area where this evidence was brought to light is known by the name of “Villa“, it is located 400 meters far our cellar and indicates precisely the presence of a historic building. The area, kept agricultural and non-building area, had been known for this peculiarity for over a century but nobody, before now, had ever been able to locate and dig in the exact spot.
After the discovery in 1922, the site was mostly left abandoned until a team from the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Verona resumed digging last summer. The merit of the discovery goes to the archaeologist Gianni De Zuccato: with a targeted coring of the soil, the remains of the artifact were discovered. The goal was to accurately identify the extent and exact location of the Roman villa in order to be able to quote it and then try to acquire it. The institution can exercise its right of first refusal but it seems that an internationally renowned winery has already made an offer: buy the entire vineyard leaving the archaeological site visitable.
The Municipality of Negrar, for its part “will lend all the necessary collaboration and thanks now the professionals of the Superintendency and the owners of the area for the unity of purpose and the availability with which they are pursuing the project”. Roberto Grison, mayor of Negrar di Valpolicella, adds: «We believe that a cultural site of this value deserves attention and should be enhanced. For this reason, together with the superintendent and those responsible for agricultural funds, we will find a way to make this treasure pleasant “.
This discovery makes the Valpolicella area even more unique by combining art, culture, history and winemaking tradition.
Update of the 22/02/2021: the work has started again to remove the groud to make visible to roman villa! In the picture below the area now: