The desire to spark new life into a territory that on the past fifty years has been severely affected on the environmental and social level, La Rabiosa is born as an agricultural cooperative, with the intent to breathe new life into it and hopefully rediscover old flavors that we lost due to standardization.
Everything started in Zoetara, a farm house set in the far country and surrounded by fields that has always been a safe-house for local owls (known as zoete in the local dialect).
The turning point were these words spoken by Santo, the oldest of our members: «It’s desolating to see how little is left of groves, tree-lined avenues, hedges and vineyards of my childhood. When I was younger, even though poor, we all used to laugh, or at least whistled. Now sitting in our BMWs, we barely say hi to each other».
What have we done? We wondered.
We believe we have disgraced and defaced our territory. And precisely the technological progress, that progress we chased so much, has ended up erasing our origins, as it has happened to our river, the Rabiosa, whose name disappeared from the maps.
We feel lost and afraid.
«Remember» – continues Santo – «that when you get lost the first thing to do is to turn around and go back to the point where you were sure you were on the right path. And from there, start again».
Let’s not lose heart. When life brings you down, get back up. The rebirth of our territory must begin with rediscovery, that is our belief: the rediscovery of friendship, to begin with, respect for others and for nature. And this path is eventually oing to lead us to rediscover ourselves.
Stop for a second, too. Take a few hours and come visit us in Zoetàra. To listen to the tales of Saint. Listen to Santo’s stories and be charmed by them, as it happened to us
LThe river Rabiosa collects the waters from the Lessini Mountains and distributes them in the Lower Padua area through a complex network of canals and ditches. The name of this river appears in cartography starting from the sixteenth century. Proof of this is a parchment preserved at the Civic Library of Verona, a map drawn up by Domenico de Rossi in 1568 and preserved at the Library of the Correr Museum in Venice and, later, a representation of the hydrographic network of 1747 by Giovanni Pinali preserved at the Municipal Historical Archive of Montagnana. The word Rabiosa, however, at a certain point disappears, so much so that today it is systematically omitted from the labels of Google Maps.
Alessandro Tasinato, author of the book – Il fiume sono io – (“The river is me”)
La Rabiosa is a large family, but at its base there are us, four autonomous entities with strong and bold characters. We are Santo, Gianluca, Alessio and Gianni and together we have created what today call with great pride, La Rabiosa.