The Valpolicella

The valley of many cellars...

According to some studies the name “Valpolicella” is derived from Latin meaning “the valley of many (polys) cellars (cellae)”.
The oldest traces of vine cultivation in Valpolicella date back to the 5th century B.C.
In Roman times the Rhaeticum wine, cited by Pliny as being typical of this area, was enjoyed by poets such as Virgil and Martial who aged the wine in an earthenware jar. It was also the preferred wine of the emperor Augustus. The highest accolade for Recioto della Valpolicella, then known as Acinaticus, was however written by Cassiodorus, official at the Court of Theodoric, in the 6th century A.D.
The original historical zone, known as CLASSICA, where our wine cellar is situated, is formed by a series of parallel valleys that link up with the southern edge of the Lessinia plateau. They are situated to the north west of Verona and they include the municipalities of Marano, Fumane, S. Ambrogio, S. Pietro in Cariano and Negrar – places of great artistic and cultural as well as viticultural interest.
Due to the shelter provided by the mountains and the moderating influence of the nearby Lake Garda, Valpolicella Classica enjoys a mild climate which is particularly suited to vine cultivation.