Sarmede, the fairy-tale town which hosts the famous International Exhibition of Illustrations for Children every year, is a collection of sprawling hamlets and stone houses lying on the slopes of the Cansiglio forest, to the north of Conegliano, and nestled between the hills and the Prealps.
This area, with its meadows, woodland and vineyards, has always been home to the Da Ros family and it is here, on the family’s land, that Andrea and Daniele Da Ros decided to set up their winemaking and vine-growing business “Masot – Fiabe di vino” in 2009, investing everything their grandfather Arturo had taught them and everything they had learnt at the prestigious “Cerletti” school of oenology in Conegliano.
Andrea and Daniele decided to honour the bond with the family tradition by choosing an emblematic and symbolic name for their business: “masot”, which means “small landowner”. This was actually the nickname used for many years for the Da Ros family, whose cornerstones are their love for the land and their respect for its pace of life.
“we are proud to be a family-run business which honours the traditions of the past and looks to the future with courage: a future of passion, fairy tales, flavours and aromas”
Their approach to the vineyards is “pruning”, which is based on respecting the natural lymphatic flow of the vine and keeping large cuts on the old wood to a bare minimum.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.