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.
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