Monte Versa is the name of a hill, which is unique in terms of topographic position
and soil types, in the heart of the Euganean Hills, near the Venice Lagoon,
where vines growing on volcanic rock produce their fruit.
Ancient eruptions of igneous magma gave rise to these hills,
which are very characteristic of the area. These volcanic formations
that emerged from the sea are incredibly rich in minerals
(trachytes, rhyolites, laccoliths). The most common types of rock found
on Monte Versa are the so-called “Biancone” and “Scaglia Rossa”.
The clay-rich calcareous nature of the land, due to the surface sedimentation
of coral reefs, combined with the mild winter months, thanks to its proximity to the Adriatic Sea,
makes the area naturally suited to the growing of vines. In order to safeguard this uniqueness,
the area was declared a natural park in 1989.