Tenuta San Giorgio lies north of the city of Treviso, on a gravelly island of 750 hectares known as the “Grave di Papadopoli”, which has always been planted with wines, peach trees and asparagus.
The Grave di Papadopoli came to public attention during the Great War 1915-1918, following the rout of Caporetto and the arrival of the Austrian troops at the River Piave: the island was considered a sort of no man’s land, and became a buffer zone between the Italian and Austrian fronts.
The area owes its name to the Papadopoli, a noble family, originally from Corfu, who became owners of the “Grave”, later moving to Venice, where they were elevated to the rank of Counts.
The gravel Island has always been an important resource for the communities along the riverbank: it provided rounded pebbles used to build walls and paving, stones from which hydraulic limestone could be obtained, coloured stones for crazy, branches, roots and tree trunks swept down the river, straw for the animals,sand and flexible cane that could be woven.
The fluvial environment of the grave is characterised by the separation of the river into a number of different branches and by rather large sediments such as pebbles, gravel, sand and silt; the pebbles are to be found mostly in the river where the current is stronger, while towards the edges sand is prevalent.
Another particular feature is the presence of a small number of low houses with an elongated shape, the walls of which are built with the smooth stones taken from the river bed and laid in horizontal rows, bordered with cement or brick stringcourses.
A visit to the Grave di Papadopoli is interesting both for the land and from an educational point of view, especially in spring and autumn.
Poplar, privet, juniper, alder, willow, reed, hawthorn, Cornelian cheery, dog rose, honeysuckle, hazel, sea buckthorn, glossy buckthorn and large crabgrass are just some of the trees and bushes to be found growing here. Particularly unusual here is the dandelion, which grows on the river bed and whose yellow flowers can be seen in early summer.
Equally interesting are the autochthonous species of wildlife to be found here: the river bed is frequented by grey herons, white herons, short-toed eagles and honey buzzards, which come here in search of small amphibians or reptiles to feed on. As you wander around the fields of the flood plain you may also spot haresor pheasants, which have been repopulated here with great success.