Vine growing in the Veneto has been around since the Romans ruled the world. And many wine lovers think Italy has pretty much ruled the world of wine ever since. The French may think otherwise, but consider the fact that it was the Romans who planted the majority of the vineyards in Gaul, a.k.a. France.
Baron Lajos Babos founded the San Osvaldo winery in 1930. He had been a former admiral in the Austro-Hungarian navy and, upon retirement, settled in the Veneto. Who wouldn't? The winery was in the family until the 1980s, at which point it went through a series of owners until it was taken over by the Serena Family in 2004. They put together a co-operative of individual growers to augment their own vineyards and thus built a powerful organization based on quality as well as quantity.
The winery is named after King Oswald, ruler of a British colony who converted to Christianity and was made a saint after his death in 642. Having a saint in your corner probably doesn't hurt.
Pinot Grigio is unquestionably Italy's most prolific white. It is grown all over the country, but it's no secret that the best ones hail from the north, in the Veneto and Friuli. Soil and climate obviously work in harmony here, but let's not forget about history and tradition. They've been doing this for thousands of years, so it's safe to say they've probably figured it out.
Just one look at the golden color and you know they have. The floral notes and tropical flavors tell the rest of the story.