“Le Marognole” is a family winery founded in 2004 by Fabio Corsi who comes from a long and rich family history of cultivating native Valpolicella varietal grapes.
The winery is located on the hillsides of Valgatara, in the Marano Valley, the heart of classic Valpolicella. The vineyards are northeast of Verona, extending between the plains and the mountains around Lake Garda.
The winery name embodies the essence of the surrounding area -- Marognole, its birthplace -- and originates from the name of the typical walls of stones in this land that terrace the hillsides. In the local dialect they are “MAROGNE”!
From these hills you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the vineyards in the Marano Valley and history, culture and traditions. In fact, the vines originate from the deep history and vinicultural traditions of the valley. The land is ideal for the cultivation of the finest Valpolicella grapes that are hand selected for the production of remarkable DOCG wines, such as the Amarone.
The Corsi family has cultivated these vines for generations. Fabio has grown up in this family whose passion and love for their land and vines runs deep. In 2004 Fabio combined his passion with a well-defined mental image of world-class Valpolicella wines, and began producing wine under his own label. Today, Fabio personally oversees all aspects of the winery operation with the assistance of his family.
Fabio’s father, Roberto, sacrificed in order to secure this land that is perfectly suited for the cultivation of these vines. The property consists of 6 hectares of Valpolicella estate-grown varieties: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Croatina.
Each of our vineyards has unique characteristics and qualities that they impart to the fruit. Most prestigious are the “CampoRocco” and “CampoGerico” blocks, which are 350 meters above sea level and enjoy exceptional exposure to the sun and to the cool winds.
The composition of the vineyard soil is calcareous and tufaceous, which provides optimal drainage during wet seasons along with excellent moisture retention during dry periods. In this way, the grapevines do not experience excessive variation in conditions during the seasonal changes, allowing for completion of their vegetative cycle every year without any delay or deficiency.
GRAPEVINES, HARVEST, APPASSIMENTO, PRODUCTION AREA and HISTORICAL CELLAR.
Our vineyards are closely monitored in every phase of their vegetative cycle; and, if necessary, some bunches are trimmed to ensure the highest quality fruit is achieved. As the vines grow, they are trained to the “pergola” method.
The harvest is carefully performed by hand. All the family is involved so that we can be sure that the best grapes are selected for the “appassimento” process, from which Amarone “el Nane” and Recioto wines will be produced.
The “appassimento” starts during the first stage of the harvest and lasts approximately till the end of winter. During these months, the grapes rest in a period of “active lethargy”, meaning that they seem to be still but changes are taking place. In fact, by losing about 40-50% of their water content, the grapes concentrate the level of natural sugar and the pulp is enriched by new aromas and deep flavors. This gives structure, body, complex aromas and rich colors to the wines. While “appassimento” occurs naturally, during wet winters we utilize mechanical ventilators to improve the air movement in the open-sided building called the “Fruttaio”.
After the “appassimento” process, the grapes are pressed, and maceration, vinification, and refinement follow. Finally, at the end of all these meticulously managed steps, the finished wines are bottled.
Recently the vinification cellar has been equipped with a temperature control system on all the stainless steel tanks. This is critical to carefully control the fermentation and stabilization phases. The wines are transferred to French oak tonneaux and barriques for refinement and aging, and then stored in the historical cellar.
AVAILABILITY OF TOURS
We are very pleased to guide you through the winery including the “Fruttaio” where the “appassimento” process occurs, along with the fermentation and historical cellars. Your visit will conclude with a personal tasting of our wines. We will be pleased to welcome small groups in our tasting room. We are open all days – Sunday upon request.