The Maeli Winery – July

The name Maeli comes from marna and limo (marl and silt): two elements of sedimentary origin that characterize the soil on which the vineyards of the homonymous winery are cultivated. This small winery was born in the unique and wonderful context of Le Terre del Pirio, within the Regional Park of the Euganean Hills, where layers of white marl mix with limestone and trachyte, a typical rock of volcanic origin. An area also characterized by incredible biodiversity, an ideal environment to host a wide variety of plant species from the Mediterranean area.

“We care about respect and protection of the environment, therefore our approach to grape cultivation is agro-ecological: we do not use chemicals or pesticides and in the cellar we try to encourage spontaneous fermentation with the yeasts of the our grapes and we contain a lot of the use of sulphites”. This is the modern approach of the winery at whose reins we find Elisa Dilavanzo. The real protagonists of these wines, however, are the vines of the territory, the result of a link with tradition thanks to the cultivation of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, which gives rise to two Bordeaux blends, but the yellow muscat is the master. Enhancing this grape in all its forms is a real mission for Maeli.

A gem of this small Italian winery of about 60,000 bottles a year: it is the only one in the world to vinify yellow muscat in five different versions. From sweet sparkling wine to the classic brut nature method, from wine refermented in the bottle according to the ancient ancestral method to still dry wine and passito. These five expressions give life to “La Via Del Moscato Giallo”, a tasting that is very successful in the cellar, at the end of which a small recognition is also issued to certify the knowledge of Moscato Giallo.

The wines chosen for you? Here they are!

Dilì Moscato Giallo Frizzante 2019

Grown on clayey and calcareous soils, this Moscato was harvested by hand and in boxes in the first ten days of September. A color between golden yellow with slightly orange and amber reflections. An opalescence given by the presence of suspended yeasts, with which the wine was bottled and according to the ancestral method. The nose reveals a powerful intensity, which releases aromas of flowers and yellow fruit such as apple, peach and exotic fruit. Dried fruit is found in the form of crunchy almonds and hazelnuts. In the mouth it is warm, the softness is balanced by a pleasant tannic sensation due to the skin maceration of the wine. Sulphurous and glazed notes make the wine bouquet wide and even more interesting. The suggested serving temperature is 10 ° C.

 

 

 

Bianco Infinito Moscato Giallo 2015

It is also cultivated on clayey and calcareous soils and was harvested by hand, in boxes, in the first ten days of September. Its straw yellow color is striking for its aromatic personality and elegance. The nose has floral notes of magnolia, orange blossom and fruity notes of peach and yellow fruit, citrus and aromatic herbs. Softness and richness of aromas in the mouth well balanced by an acid vein and a savory finish that makes the finish complex and pleasant at the same time. Elegant and very persistent, versatile in combinations. Ideal on vegetables in batter, soups based on pumpkin, legumes and mushrooms, risottos and first courses with peas, arasparagus and wild herbs in general, on white meats and fresh cheeses. Recommended serving temperature 8/10 ° C.

Le Rive de Nadal Winery – June

The Le Rive de Nadal farm was founded in 2008 as a viticultural reality and then became a winery in 2011. “We decided to give continuity to the work of grandfather Natale, who until 2008 had led the company with the will and stubbornness typical real breed farmers”, say the owners Stefano and Paolo Guizzo. A philosophy that places respect for the environment as a priority, with the practice of integrated pest management and sustainable viticulture. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, this is the renowned fruit of these lands. In Farra di Soligo, along the Prosecco road that leads from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, is the Le Rive de Nadal winery. Among the splendid hills planted with vines and the luxuriant woods that lead to the Treviso plain.

The Riva del Fal is a 5000 square meter vineyard, surrounded by woods sprinkled with cyclamen, arranged by Stefano and Paolo’s great-grandfather in the early 1900s. Characterized by an extreme slope, about 70%, over the years the family has tried different ways to facilitate grape harvesting: shoulder transport, hand crates, pipes, etc. Until the moment when Uncle Diego, a carpenter by trade, came up with a brilliant idea: the monorail. Said and done, it works and makes this land even more special!

 

Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG 1.11

A sparkling refermented wine in memory of grandfather Natalino, founder of the company, with his date of birth and coming from the most representative vineyard: the Riva del Fal. From these grapes harvested by hand with difficulty and brought downstream with the monorail, the 1.11 Fal is produced in just 1000 bottles. At the sight it is straw yellow, slightly veiled and with a fine and continuous perlage. The nose is characterized by hints of ripe fruit, bread crust and fresh almond. In the mouth you can perceive everything that the olfactory examination has anticipated. We find a good roundness and freshness, and a pleasantly almondy finish. A fresh and pleasant summer aperitif, the ideal match for all sausages, including the Venetian soppressa. It is 70% Glera, 15% Bianchetta, 10% Perera and 5% Verdiso.

 

 

 

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Greme Brut

100% Glera. A fresh and elegant Prosecco Superiore DOCG, with a fruity aroma, heroically produced in the “greme”, the inaccessible and difficult hills of the area. The glera comes from a hilly vineyard that guarantees excellent exposure. The climate is particularly cool and breezy, ideal for preserving the fragrance and acidity of the product. At sight it is straw yellow with greenish reflections with a fine and lively perlage. The nose immediately perceives delicate hints of pear and white melon, as well as white flowers. In the mouth there is a perfect and harmonious reference between the light aroma and flavor. Greme is an excellent choice for an aperitif, and perfectly accompanies seafood finger food. Thanks to its light residual sugar and its aroma, it also goes very well with eggs and asparagus.

 

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The Ancilla Winery

Many company stories have the pace of a fairy tale, and Ancilla, despite its simplicity, is no exception. So, once upon a time, there was an energetic and extraordinary woman working in agriculture, who every day got up at 3 am to coordinate, check, receive, send … Her name was Ancilla.

In the mid-1970s, with the help of her daughter, Ancilla bought two vineyards: La Ghidina and Cadellora. The first in Lugana di Sirmione, in the heart of the production area of ​​one of the most elegant whites in Italy, and the second in Villafranca di Verona.

Ancilla had a daughter, Maria Teresa. From the beginning, Maria Teresa followed the vineyards of La Ghidina, personally taking care of the production of grapes, which at the time weres old to some famous Lugana wineries. At the beginning of the 2000s, however, Maria Teresa wanted to pass her legacy to her daughter Luisella who was faced with a choice: selling everything or becoming a producer of Lugana. She had a job in finance, but a passion for the land: she always took time off when it was time to harvest.

Luisella Benedetti chose the land and changed her life. She had the advantage of working in a suitable area, and had some experience in the production of grapes for winemaking. She could also count on the help of trusted collaborators who knew these lands and its grapes well. In the cellar she didn’t know how to do anything, so she learned to do everything from scratch. For a year she worked like any apprentice, pulling pipes, decanting, cleaning tanks, preparing yeast cuvées, supervising fermentation, following the bottling process. An experience that helped her to feel the ownership of the winery that she later built in Villafranca, in the midst of the Cadellora vineyards.

Even today she continues to get her hands dirty, and when help is needed, her team knows she never backs down. The lifelong commitment of his mother and grandmother today is still a young project that is growing. Day after day, the most difficult challenge she could face is proving to be her greatest satisfaction, and the best choice she could make in life. This is why Luisella gave the company the name of her grandmother: today it has become a shared dream, and also a beautiful reality.

Tenuta La Ghidina

The 6 hectares of turbiana vineyards are in Lugana di Sirmione, almost in front of Lake Garda. They are planted on the typical soil of the Lugana appellation, consisting of a clayey silt as hard as stone when the weather is dry, but capable of transforming into a slimy and sticky swamp when it rains. The vines have an age ranging from 8-10 years to the youngest, to 40-50 years for the oldest. The average yield per hectare ranges from 80 to 100 quintals, the care of the vineyards is traditional, with the use of integrated pest management.

The climate is one of the most favorable: the proximity of the lake protects against stagnant humidity, ensuring good ventilation and an excellent temperature range between day and night. Our Lugana comes from these vines, whose grapes are vinified and aged separately according to the age of the vineyards. The older plants, in fact, give more sparse clusters, so that the wines require longer refinements. This is the case of Lugana Ancilla, which we have chosen for you. The younger plants, on the other hand, have more compact clusters, and give our wines fresher notes . This is the case of Lugana 1909, which we have also chosen for you.

Ancilla Lugana DOC

This wine is dedicated to the woman who made everything possible: grandmother Ancilla. Luisella wanted it to be a tribute to her entrepreneurial spirit and her foresight: it is a more complex and mature Lugana, which requires a little patience, because it comes out after at least a year and a half of bottle aging. This patience that gives us a wonderful complexity, where everything is perfectly balanced. 100% Turbiana, a Guyot training system and an alcohol content of 13.5%.

On the nose, notes of ripe yellow fruit, white flowers and exotic fruits stand out. In the mouth it is balanced, rich, important, well-structured without detracting from the freshness, minerality and ease of drinking. It will be the perfect companion for your ‘al fresco’ spring lunches and dinners. We find it perfect together with a fresh plateau of raw seafood, as well as soft or flowered crust goat cheese.

 

 

1909 Lugana DOC

This wine bears the date of birth of grandmother Ancilla, to whom Luisella owes her adventure in the world of wine; it is a tribute to the times when wines were made in the simplest way possible, without too much technology, starting only from grapes of excellent quality. Elegant and personal, 1909 is processed without the addition of sulphites, so that the fruit can express itself even more. Aged in steel for six months with suspended yeasts, it passes another 3 in the bottle before being put on the market with an alcohol content of 13%.

Intense notes of yellow fruit stand out on the nose: grapefruit and citrus fruits in general with an intriguing final background of jasmine and elderberry. In the mouth the olfactory sensations are completed and lengthened, increasing the pleasure of the fruit and the curiosity to look for new warm notes. Its citrus notes make it the perfect wine to pair with fresh dishes such as mozzarella or ricotta cheese, a celery and octopus salad and grilled fish of course!

Le Vigne di San Pietro Winery – April

The Vigne di San Pietro are a small area in the morainic hills near the Garda lake. The company of about 10 hectares was founded in 1980 by Sergio and Franca Nerozzi, parents of Carlo Nerozzi, current owner of the company. His father decided to move the family who lived in the city, looking for a place that could combine beauty, nature and productivity. After two years of patient research, destiny brought them to a unique place, a stone’s throw from beautiful Verona and Lake Garda.

The land is rich and suited to produce wine, and many ancient remains testify to this. The soil is clayey, calcareous, morainic, of glacial origin, rich in minerals. The microclimate, which is affected by the nearby Lake Garda, helps the vine to express itself and make the most of the soil. The vines are grown in the middle of a small area full of tree varieties, that create a wide biodiversity very useful for the balanced development of the vineyards.

Carlo is an architect by training, a creative person and now a vigneron. For him, wine is a “medium”, an expressive means that facilitates cultural mediation, the encounter and exchange of knowledge between people. For over thirty years he has been practicing this profession, also helped by his friend Federico Giotto, a young agronomist and oenologist who has helped him to express his style in making wine with greater rigor and technical expertise. He loves elegant, interesting wines, which express depth without impetuousness, which know how to evolve over time by amplifying what is initially only perceived. He loves minerality, transparent and warm colors, subtle and seductive scents. This is what he wants to express with his wines.

The land is not worked and the grass in the vineyards is managed mechanically without the use of herbicides. Green manuring is used to enrich soils and increase biodiversity. The grapes are harvested by hand in crates and processed after cooling within a few hours of harvesting. The varieties present are Garganega, Trebbiano, Trebbianello, Manzoni Bianco, Cortese for the white grapes, Corvina, Rondinella, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the red grapes.

 

The Wines Chosen For You

 

Bardolino Chiaretto DOC Corderosa 2019

Fragrant rosé, full of character, with hints of strawberry, rose and peach.

The fruity and floral scents are perfectly balanced by its minerality and spiciness.

We really liked its complexity, with a thousand nuances to be discovered!

It is very versatile with food pairing. Green light for shellfish, fried fish, vegetarian dishes and finger food.

 

 

Bardolino Superiore DOCG 2017

Spicy red, soft, with notes of red fruits and cinnamon. Medium body and well rounded.

For us the perfect wine for your spring bbq’s, while grilling and seated at the table!

In addition to grilled red meats, try it with truffle and mushrooms!

The Pegoraro Winery

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The Pegoraro winery is located in Mossano, a small pearl of the Berici Hills, where ​​the most characteristic vines of this area, Tai Rosso and Garganega find their perfect location. The winery is housed in an ancient convent dating back to 1200, which over the years has become a home, wine cellar and today also a welcoming space for tasting. Pegoraro is an enthusiastic and busy family-run winery, backed by the experience of years spent among vineyards, barrels and bottles. They have been able to look ahead by renewing winemaking spaces and technologies. The vineyards extend for eight hectares on the hills of Mossano, among woods and crops, in the south-eastern part of the Berici Hills, in the heart of the DOC.

The soils are mainly clayey-calcareous and tuffaceous. The planting layouts include 60-year-old vines as well as new vineyards where Guyot, and pergola alternate in the absence of irrigation. For the quality of the wine,at Pegoraro they consider the vineyard of primary importance, and they have chosen organic fertilization, manual weed mowing, optimized management of plant diseases with natural products to ensure excellent biodiversity.

For our Discovery wine tasting option box we wanted to choose two unusual variations of red Tai. Both enhance the intrinsic qualities of this vine, revealing its potential and versatility at the same time.

Tai Rosso Spumante Brut

Rosè Brut martinotti method enhances the freshness and fruity notes of Tai. We liked its fine and persistent perlage and its enveloping nose of citrus, small red fruit and aromatic herbs. Irresistible with spunciotti with creamed cod!

  • Grape variety – Tai Rosso
  • Alcohol content – 11,5% Vol.
  • Serving temperature – 6/8°C
  • In the vineyard – Guyot trained vines on medium-textured soils, located in the hilly area of ​​Mossano. The average production is 100 quintals \ ha with a yield of 70% in wine.
  • Harvest – The grapes are hand picked and selected in late September and early October.
  • Vinification and aging – Short cold pre-fermentation maceration, the skins are then separated and fermentation is completed at a controlled temperature. The wine rests for five months in steel barrels and then moves on to the sparkling process in autoclave for four months.
  • Characteristics – Wine with fresh and fruity notes that find new expressions here and make it ideal as a welcome aperitif but also to accompany delicate dishes. Its color is pale ruby, at the same time bright and lively. The aromas are intense, vinous and fruity. When tasted, the effervescence is enveloping, it is a medium-bodied wine with a very light residual sugar that makes it fall into the Brut category.

Rovea

Rovea showed us the more structured and complex side of Tai. The ruby ​​red color is fascinating as its aromas of small black fruit, violet and sweet spices. The tasting revealed a perfect balance with every sip, and a really pleasant finish. We liked it with boiled meat and pearà, especially withmarinated tongue!

  • Grape variety – Tai Rosso
  • Alcohol content – 13% Vol.
  • Serving temperature – 16/18°C
  • In the vineyard – Guyot trained vines on tuffaceous soils of origin volcanic, located in a hilly area in Mossano. The average production is 80 quintals \ ha with a yield of 60% in wine.
  • Harvest – The grapes are harvested and selected by hand in the first days of October.
  • Vinification and aging – Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature with long-term maceration. After fermentation / maceration the wine rests in semi-new tonneaux and barriques for twelve months. A further rest in the bottle follows.
  • Characteristics – Full ruby ​​red, with moderate transparency.
    On the nose, fruity aromas of ripe black cherry, black currant and blueberry and light floral notes of violet and rhododendron. Spicy hints of white pepper, cinnamon and cardamom also make their way. It is soft and full, with a correct mineral flavor and fruity returns capable of creating interesting alchemies and making the closure very pleasant.

The Villa San Carlo Winery – January

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The Villa San Carlo winery, owned by the Pavesi family since 1958, is located in Montorio, in the Verona area. Leaning along the slopes of a hill facing the sunset, at an altitude ranging from 100 to 270 meters, the estate covers about 70 hectares of greenery and is enriched with dry terraces for the cultivation of vineyards. The beautiful Montorio, an ancient and pre-Roman town, is famous for its clear spring waters that flow underground and then emerge in a chain of small lakes.

The hill with vineyards today has 22 hectares and is accompanied by about 10 hectares of olive trees and orchards. A context surrounded by wooded areas that presents a typical biodiversity of the territory and given the different altitudes, also numerous microclimates. An increasingly enlarged fauna including badgers, weasels, martens, hares, fallow deer, roe deer, hedgehogs, porcupines, but also hawks, buzzards, owls and owls. These beautiful animals, in their own way, participate in keeping this place a perfect cradle for the production of wine and oil. The territory is characterized by calcareous soils such as the red scale in the higher soils and the presence of biancone in the pre-hilly area.

Thanks to the position of the estate and its exposure, the area is characterized by a mild and windy climate. Factors that over the years convinced the family to plant vineyards by placing them in strategic terraces at different altitudes, up to their current size. The production is directed towards the vines that characterize Valpolicella or corvina, corvinone, rondinella with the addition of small plots of grapes that would have embellished the wine with aromas and new scents such as cabernet, croatina and teroldego. Given the particular dry and windy climate, the family also decided to build the first fruit drying room for the grapes.

The management of the winery is in the hands of the oenologist Marco Signorini. For about ten years it has been producing wine with a high selection of grapes chosen every year with patient attention to the best ones, produced in the various vineyards for the drying and production of Amarone. Annual production is around 20,000 bottles. The harvest, which usually takes place between the beginning of September and the end of October, is however decided on the basis of the ripeness of the grapes which is constantly monitored.

We enjoyed the wines of Villa San Carlo and we chose them for our Discovery tasting option, above all for their extremely pleasant drink and their refinement. Finally, we like their modern approach to tradition and the elegant hand of the winemaker. Chapeau!

Valpolicella DOC 2019

Valpolicella comes from hand-picked grapes in the highest plots of the hill characterized by a cool and breezy microclimate.

Vinification: whole berried grapes in steel tanks at a controlled temperature between 24 ° and 27 °, the racking takes place about a week after the start of fermentation.

Aging: in steel for 5 months before bottling.

Grapes: 50% Corvina, 45% Corvinone, 5% Rondinella

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Serving temperature: 14 ° -16 °.

Description: pale and bright ruby ​​red color, delicate aromas of small red fruits, floral notes of rose petal and spicy notes of white pepper are accompanied by a vibrant freshness.

Pairing: perfect as an aperitif and as a pairing with appetizers, first courses with light sauces, white meats and fresh cheeses. Try it at a cooler serving temperature in the warmer months, combined with a tuna tartare or a tuna tataki, you will be thrilled!

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC 2017

Vinification: After the traditional vinification of fresh grapes in steel tanks in the month of December, the wine is “passed over” on the freshly fermented Amarone marc. This second fermentation and aging in wood enhance the intensity of color and aromas and a consequent increase in structure.

Aging: about 12 months of mixed aging in second passage tonneaux and large medium-toasted French oak barrels.

Grapes: 50% Corvina, 35% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Croatina

Alcohol content: 13.5 °

Serving temperature: 17 ° – 18 °

Description: intense ruby ​​red color, aromas of black cherry and ripe red fruit which are accompanied by floral hints of red rose, rosemary and a light note of sweet spices. Soft and structured on the palate, it expresses itself balanced between freshness and well-balanced tannins. An unexpected review, with a masterful balance between freshness and structure.

Pairing: baked pasta, red meat, roasts and medium-aged cheeses.

 

WTW Sommelier – @afinarelli

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From the most experienced sommeliers to wine enthusiasts, wine bloggers and those who simply love sharing the experience of tasting an excellent glass of wine. WeTaste.Wine will take them through a wine journey different every month, a conscious and expert choice, guided by quality and curiosity.

Wine has its own rhythm and we want to respect it. As well as waiting for a lunch or a special occasion, our wine boxes are delivered once a month. A ‘slow-commerce’ that we like, respecting those who work in this world and those who will appreciate its products.

The territory is our starting point. The first wine boxes will come from three selected wineries in Val d’Alpone, in the province of Verona. A place where the unfolding of the rows and their harmony gets lost in the horizon. A difficult choice, given the great quality of the wines from this land. Step by step we will do our best to bring their bottles to your dining tables.

Our sommeliers are constantly looking for the best wines for your tasting experience! This is only the beginning, because this beautiful land of wines, Italy, it is also a place where getting lost becomes a real pleasure.

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The WeTaste.Wine Team