MONTE DALL’ORA, Carlo and Alessandra Venturini, Castelroto, Verona – Biodynamic, Natural
When Alessandra and Carlo Venturini first discovered Monte dall’Ora, it was love at first sight. As children of farmers, they were excited and challenged by the hard work it was going to take to restore these ancient vineyards. Located in Castelroto, in the hills outside of Verona, the vineyards of Monte dall’Ora are planted on a base of limestone soil and form a natural amphitheatre facing southeast towards the city. In fact, portions of their vineyards are planted on ancient dry stone terraces called marogna, a design in which large stones form the exterior support structure and smaller stones form a spit of land in the interior. This brittle stone, in which fossils and petrified shells can be found, allows for excellent drainage and deep penetration of the vines.
The Venturinis are firm adherents to biodynamic principles. As such, they encourage the growth of biodiversity by planting herbs such as rosemary and lavender in the summer, whose fragrant blooms are attractive to bees; and sowing cereals in the winter, whose roots move and aerate the soil. In addition, Alessandra and Carlo have emphasized traditional and native grape varieties wherever possible to give originality and typicality. All the wines are blends of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts and extraction is gentle giving wines of gentle, cherry-fruited elegance.
The Vino Nato Disobbediente is a blend of pergola-trained 60% Corvinone & 40% Molinara. The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed, with a light pressing to extract only the free-run juice. The brief maceration takes place for 5-6 days with pumping over twice a day, the fermentation is spontaneous and ambient with indigenous yeasts. The wine is subsequently aged in cement tanks for several months with natural malolactic fermentation occurring around late Oct/early Nov. Very light filtration, no fining and no sulphur is used during vilification. A litre of pure joy!