Azienda Agricola Camerani Marinella Adalia - Corte Sant'Alda

Via Capovilla, 28, Loc. Fioi, 37030 Mezzane di Sotto (VR)

Telephone +39 045 8880006
Fax +39 045 8880477

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ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 15): stand F41

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ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.09  Italy
  •  Veneto

Our products

Product category: Veneto

Corte Sant'Alda

If we think about the life of a wine, maybe an Amarone or a great Valpolicella we realize that the moments when man intervenes are very few.
At first during the harvest, and at the end when the wine is bottled.
Throughout the rest of the time, at least the man, or in our case the woman, should be simply a MINISTER in its original meaning: BE OF SERVICE TO …
In both the countryside and the cellar we should satisfy the demands of the harvest, selecting and caring for the grapes, and transforming them into wine
We should be simple controllers, although it's 'certainly true the figure of speech that if nothing is done with good grapes we get a good vinegar and not a good wine! Everything depends on the meaning we give to "Do nothing" but above all, what it means for each individual producer to make good wine!
There is an agricultural way, which moves on an emotional level, a level of ancient gestures supported now by great knowledge, but always simple gestures where the word 'income' has a broader meaning, not just economic. Income is: wealth flow during a period of time. economic wealth, the company must be able to survive and generate wealth, intellectual wealth, spiritual wealth in relationships ...... That's why the wine must be a means that allows us to grow as people and so can not be anything but sincere good and natural.
This leads to the simple conclusion that the winery can not be a factory and the wine is not an industry because it simply can’t be, wine is not built and not transformed. We must simply be in it's service, one of it's ministers.
The winemaker, as a craftsman, can mould it and make it his own, choosing from time to time when and how to harvest, whether or refine it to age, whether to use wood, concrete or pitcher, if you keep it warm or cold, and so while starting from the grape, wine will have two matrices, one of the permanent and universal terroir and that of those who have shaped, like a stone when it becomes work of art.
At Corte Sant'Alda the first selection of grapes takes place in the plant, eliminating the unripe bunches or problems. The Harvest program is done on a daily basis according to information gathered on sugars, acidity and meteorological forecasts. After de-stemming, the grapes pass on a sorting table, where six people again control the grapes, which are pressed to ferment in vats truncated cone of 40/60 hl. Fermentations start spontaneously, lasting about 15 days during which we make a delestage, of pumping over. Later the fermented wine, just what comes naturally from the vats is put in barrels waiting for the malolactic fermentation. We carry out a first transfer for the separation of dense lees and a second before the summer. From this moment on, all our attention is focussed on maintaining the suitable situations to minimize the use of sulfur until bottling.
In the 30 years of our cellar we realized that not only every vintage is different but every day of harvest, the fermentation of aging is different. Only those who live on a daily basis and establish a peaceful environment within the cellar with a sombre ratio of complicity and intimate knowledge can really become Ministers of wine in a location that can not be anything but easy and natural.

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Product category: Veneto


These vineyards were purchased in 2009 when Alda proposed to make the simplest wines, easy, younger but no less authentic.

We decided to create this new road for us

To succeed in this endeavor, whilst retaining the traditional style, typical varieties, natural fermentation and run biodynamic vineyard and our philosophy we were presented with a challenge to accept.

In the cellar you could not change much, the natural fermentation techniques with indigenous yeasts were already tested, the aging in casks used for the Corte Sant’Alda wines were the only way to maintain the traditional footprint without resorting to the barriques or to "oenological shortcuts" that did not interest us!

Only by changing the work in the vineyard and interpreting the best features of those grapes have we attained this goal

Adalia’s vineyard arise in Molinetto, on the opposite side of the valley at an altitude of 200-300 meters above sea level, where the soils are "easier" and rich but always retain the limestone matrix. The terraces of vines trained by the pergola, surrounded by woods and olive groves exposure cooler we liked right away! Although not far from Fioi, this place had completely different geometries and colours in a different context, useful to create a new path.

These 4 hectares of 15 year old vines surrounded by forests (BALT) traversed by a stream (RUVALN) with thistle flowers (ROASAN) give rise to naturally fresh, spontaneous but hardy grapes which give a wonderful fermentation. The intent to make wines for the People (LAUTE) after years of hard work is giving us great satisfaction.

The names chosen for the wines originate  in the Cimbrian language, people of the north Europe settled in Lessinia around the second century. B.C.

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About us

Company details

“A wine cellar… A home… my family home. That’s how things should be, I feel. And, in an unending process that leaves no room for second thoughts, the choices in real life perfected through experience become the “right” choices even in the countryside, in the cellar, in work and in relationships with others, highlighting the values of life and work themselves.

The quality and characteristics of wine are even the outcome of routine decisions.
We and others including nature in respect and coherence…

No excess or leaps forward… Only personal dedication to the search of the best possible balance between things.”

Marinella Camerani

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