The Marangona Winery – May

The Marangona winery’s vineyards are located in Pozzolengo on the border between Veneto and Lombardy, in northern Italy. This area is particularly suited for the production of white wines, thanks to a terroir characterized by clay and white limestone, and by the mild lake climate which favors the full ripening of the grapes.

The winery gets its name from a bell whose tolling marked the beginning and end of hard work in the fields. The bell rang inside the courtyard of a delightful seventeenth-century farmhouse which still houses the winery and cellar, added in the 1970s. Everything is managed by Laura and Alessandro, who have chosen to work organically in the vineyard and cellar.

Trebbiano di Lugana is the most widely planted variety, and makes up most of the total production. Their wines are true representatives of the territory and offer a distinctive and personal style. Tre Campane and Cemento are two labels not to be missed, and we have therefore selected them for you (wine tasting options).

 

Tre Campane

It is the selection of Marangona. From vineyards of over 40 years of age, deeply rooted in the clayey calcareous soil. Soft pressing and fermentation in steel tanks at low temperature. Aging on fine lees kept in suspension in non-vitrified natural cement tanks for 10/12 months. Bottle aging for at least another 6 months.

We liked Tre Campane because it expresses great freshness, minerality, complexity and body. Its aromas are very fine and complex. It has delicate citrus and floral hints. In the mouth it is persistent with a slight finish of bitter almond. It is a first-class aperitif and will go great with all lake fish dishes.

 

 

 

Cemento

Grapes from vineyards of at least 40 years of age, deeply rooted in clayey-calcareous soil. Grapes de-stemmed and fermented with the skins in non-vitrified natural cement tanks. Aging on fine lees kept in suspension for 10/12 months in non-vitrified concrete tanks. Further refinement in the bottle for at least 6 months.

Cemento is pleasantly fresh, has aromas of white flowers and white pulp fruit, with a well-balanced structure and a very enjoyable drinkability. It is also an excellent aperitif, and an obligatory choice for lake fish first courses such as risotto with tench.

The Corte Bravi Winery – January

In the middle of the Valpolicella Classica, in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Corte Bravi was born in 2011 from the project of the brothers Andrea and Ivano Brunelli. United by the passion of vine cultivation and respect for the territory, the two decided to open their doors and create truly unique wines. The area where the winery is located borders on the north with Lessinia and on the west with the front of Garda Lake, a situation that allows you to enjoy a mild climate. Towards the horizon, towards the south, the city of lovers: Verona.

A story that begins in 1990, when the family buys the land in Gargagnago, immersed in a small valley surrounded by the estates of the Serego Alighieri counts (yes, the descendants of the famous Dante!). In those years the Brunellis began the cultivation of the vine, starting with the arrangement of the characteristic dry stone walls, typical of the area.

If Corte Bravi is part of our Nature tasting option, there is a reason. The winery offers a production of certified organic wines and has been part of the Vinnatur association since 2019. It is an organization of small artisan winemakers who have imposed specific rules to be able to certify a wine as ‘natural’, free from chemicals. From 2020 the winery is also independent from an energy point of view, as it uses renewable sources for its activities.

Natural Wines in Valpolicella Classica: products from our own production, with spontaneous fermentation on their indigenous yeasts, without the use of chemical additives. What can I say, the Corte Bravi wines have thrilled us for their elegance and precision, as well as for their countless facets.

Timido

A white wine in Valpolicella? Yes, we can! An idea shined by the exciting execution!

The “Timido” timidly pressed red grapes.

Classification: Organic White IGT Verona

Vintage: 2019

Vineyards: Owned, grown in Veronese pergola with organic method.

Production area: Gargagnago, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella (Verona).

Soil: calcareous

Grapes: 50% Rondinella and 50% Molinara “Rossa”.

Vinification and aging: Only red grapes harvested by hand and immediately timidly pressed to separate the must from the skins. Hence the name “shy”. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts and without the use of chemical additives, in small steel tanks. Brief aging on the lees for a few months before being bottled without filtration.

Fermentation: Spontaneous with indigenous yeasts.

No filtration

Without sulphites

Alcoholic degree: 12%

Pairing: Excellent for aperitifs, lake fish and fresh cheeses.

Serving temperature: 10-12 °

Organoleptic description: Straw yellow color with lime green reflections, fresh citrus fruits, meadow flowers and aromatic herbs on the nose. In the mouth dry, mineral and savory. Almost tannic, return of citrus aromas and bread crust. Try it with a pumpkin soup, rosemary or fried sage.

Valpolicella

Classification: DOC Valpolicella Classico Organic

Vintage: 2018

Vineyards: Owned, cultivated with Veronese pergola, with organic method

Production area: Gargagnago, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella (Verona).

Soil type: Predominantly calcareous.

Grapes: 50% Corvinone, 35% Corvina and 15% Rondinella.

Vinification and aging: Hand-picked red grapes are selected and immediately pressed. Put to ferment in steel tanks with indigenous yeasts without the use of chemicals and with only temperature control. Aging in steel for a few months, spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Bottled without filtration.

Fermentation: Spontaneous with indigenous yeasts.

Not filtered

Sulphites: Less than 30mg / lt.

Alcoholic degree: 12.5%

Pairing: Wine for the whole meal, ideal with traditional dishes such as pasta, risotto and cured meat appetizers.

Serving temperature: 15-18 ° C

Try it with a tuna steak with sesame at a slightly cooler serving temperature.

Organoleptic description: Bright ruby ​​red color with amaranth nuances, the nose is enhanced by strawberry and cherry with hints of raspberry. In the mouth the red fruits meet the expectations of the aromas. The sapidity and softness make it a pleasant wine, balanced by a moderate spiciness. Suitable for any occasion.

 

WTW Sommelier – @afinarelli