All of this wine's fruit comes from vines in CasalVegri, a steep, terraced vineyard with well-drained limestone soil, located in the heart of Valpolicella's Marano Valley. The CasalVegri imparts concentration and complexity to the low yields of the region's traditional blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. The wine is vinified in stainless steel and left to age in smaller oak barrels to flesh it out. The resultant wine has a dark ruby and garnet color, fuller body, and concentrated, pure flavors of red cherry, licorice, bitter almond and spice.
About this wine producer: Ca’ La Bionda was founded in 1902 by Pietro Castellani, Alessandro’s great grandfather, who was a passionate grape grower and winemaker. The east facing hillside vineyards extend over 29 hectares in the commune of Marano di Valpolicella, northwest of Verona, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico zone. Only traditional varieties, including Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, and Rondinella are grown (there are no international varieties), and the farming is entirely organic. Particular attention and care are given to the delicate process of drying the grapes for the production of the Amarone and the sweet Reciotto.