When we think of history and tradition we cannot do other than imagining distant and forgotten times. The past is a warm and colorful place compared to the mechanical coldness of the present…although not all the time. In certain things the tradition survives, carried on by the same loving hands of the past. Hands that caress the grapes as they have caressed the hair of their grandchildren, who, then, return them to the grapes. This is what lies behind the historical name of wine production: the Azienda Agricola Fratelli Degani, whose name suggests how their activity is lived. A family management, in the truest sense of the word, where all the activities, from the first manual harvesting of the grapes, their drying for the glory of Amarone and Recioto, the vinification and, finally, bottling, are followed by family members and implemented according to traditional methods. This because Degani family knows the importance of a wine tradition that dates back to early 1900, born to quench the thirst after a long day of work and only after it has been proposed to us, acquired relatives, that we become part of this intimate production from the 1970s. A combined effort to bring a part of their story to our table. And their work was rewarded: in 1996 the wines made their way in prestigious guides such as “Il Gambero Rosso” and not just that: Veronelli, AIS, Luca Maroni and then across the Alps with the Swiss “Merum” and the German “Der Feinschmecher” as well as in newspapers such as La Repubblica and Il Corriere della Sera. It’ s incredible how a wine destined for the oldest members of the family has come so far.
When it comes to food and wine production, we can not help but dedicate a portion of our time to our territory. A winery, an agritourismo and even a farm are not a factory made of machines that work the cold metal. There is life inside our glasses and dishes that can only be born from the respect and love that the farmers have for the land in which they live. This is why Valpolicella occupies a place of honor on our site with its history and geological conformation. Two aspects that are inextricably linked to each other, going back in time to the Jurassic and, since its birth, has welcomed the people who have inhabited it with its generosity and the fruits provided. This is where its name comes from, Valpolicella precisely, whose origin has several theories: “valley rich in fruits”, “splendid” and many more to confirm what we already knew, that it is a beautiful place to live. A multi-faceted land that includes every Italic strip, from the mountainous area of the Lessini Mountains with their woods and shadows that they offer on hot summer days, to the hilly area that houses most of the vineyards that originate the wines that we all know. And speaking of vine, this is also well rooted in the history of this area, the system of valleys of Valpolicella from time immemorial hears the “grida” during the period of harvest and the “ribollir de’ tini”. This tradition was born almost 3000 years ago with the people of the seventh century BC who began to experience the sweetness of the grapes produced by this land. A tradition that has shaped history, living the entire path of change of our country, with a prominent place in the Renaissance and towards people like the Emperor Barbarossa. What remains today of all of this history is the wines that it has produced, after centuries of slow, constant and natural refinement. Just as coal, which with the right pressure becomes diamond, incomplete products destined to the delight of farmers have become increasingly good, reaching the tables all over the world. And today the land of vines, olive trees and cherry trees, located between Lake Garda and Verona, is the land of wines like Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore, Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto. Because in a glass there is always more than just fermented grapes: there is passion, history and culture.
Speaking of the excellent wines of our area, we can only praise the vineyards that have always allowed us to create these bottled masterpieces. The harmonious union of territory, plant and cultivation technique originates wines renowned worldwide, from those that bear the name of the valley itself (Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore and Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso ``Cicilio``) to the famous Recioto and Amarone. Wines of these qualities could not have seen the light of day (or, rather, the half-light of the cellar) if not thanks to the careful and accurate selection of the grapes from these vineyards. 40% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 20% Corvinone and the remaining 10% composed of other varieties: it seems an alchemical formula and perhaps it really is, a formula that allows the fruit to be transformed into a chalice tasted all over the world. Wines in which, if savored in silence and with religious attention, you can hear the kiss of the sun of the vineyards located from north to south, the care of the Veronese pergola plant and, above all, the love of the people behind the label.