From 1492 to Bonomo Family
Monte del Frà is a lovely Italian history. It is the history of a farming family led by our forefather Massimo Bonomo, who in the mid twentieth, and exactly in 1958, a year decorating today our bottles – rented his first agricultural lands in one of the most fascinating area of the North of Italy, the hills surrounding Lake Garda, in the province of Verona. This is a land shaped by glaciers, rich in minerals, with a Mediterranean climate and featured by a more than thousand-year-old history.
This is a land where some of the top-quality and most famous Italian wines originate.
This is a land, which has always been dedicated to agriculture.
This is a land, which has always been dedicated to agriculture. The first written references concerning the works in the existing vineyards of Monte del Fra’ date back to 1492. Friars (Fra’ in Venetian dialect) belong to the Order of Holy Mary of Scala di Verona. A document of 1629 kept in the Capitolare, the historic Library in Verona, registered the rent of 25 parcels designed for the cultivation of vineyards and of fruit trees and reported the lease due to work the parcels in Sommacampagna, where nowadays the main cellar is located. In 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed the end of Church properties and auctioned the goods of Scaligero Order. Nonetheless, history chooses these hills to redefine European borders. Today, where two of the most relevant crus of Monte del Fra’ are located – Custoza and Staffalo – in 1848 and in 1866, during the first and the third Italian Independence War some of the most crucial moments of Risorgimento took place. Nowadays a charnel house gathers the remains of almost two thousand Italian, Austrian and Hungarian soldiers who died during those dramatic battles.
Bonomo family arrived in the mid twentieth. Moreover, year after year, harvest after harvest, those first parcels have become one of the most extended vineyard of Verona, 137 propriety and 68 chartered hectares distributed in all the main denomination of Verona: Valpollicella, Custoza, Lugana, Soave, and Bardolino.
After sixty years, the management of Monte del Fra’ is still in the hands of Bonomo family. The second generation represented by the two brothers, Eligio and Claudio, is backed up by the third generation with Marica, Silvia and Massimo. All together, they have undertaken a path of growth based on a few, but strong and clear values, such as: the loyalty to the territory and its valorisation, an increasingly sustainable agriculture, and the identification of the most interesting vineyards. These vineyards are real “crus”, where some of our great wines originate and they have become a real point of reference for the quality Italian wine, according to the most prominent international critics.