It’s early days—just a few trenches have been dug—but we had to wonder: What happens to the 2020 A.D. vineyard up top? Winemaker Manuele Bronzo, who oversees one of the plots, owned by his uncle, told us he’s as excited by the find as anyone right now. “It’s a wonderful finding,” Bronzo said Monday. “I mean, in Verona there are a lot of those sites all over the city …. Finding something that nicely preserved inside our vineyard was a little bit shocking, but it was good, it was cool.” (As it happens, the vineyard provided grapes for a cuvée from the co-op a few years ago, featuring a label with one of the mosaics found earlier.)
There’s always the possibility that vines will have to be removed for the excavation to continue. “If they want to uncover all of it, we have to take off some of the vines. But it’s just a small site, about probably 50 plants. Not much,” said Bronzo. And the discovery has been a thrill for the family and the community in the sleepy area. “We worked with the archaeologists in the digging procedure, and it was very exciting,” said Bronzo.
Negrar mayor Roberto Grison and the cantina’s president are already discussing the best way to display the mosaic, and the local government is working with vineyard owners to see what can be done, though nothing is certain at this point, said Bronzo; a museum is being considered. As the co-op rep told us, “the extraordinary news of the archaeological discovery has increased the international visibility of our small town and its great wines”: The ancient masterpiece has already become a source of modern pride.