Monte del Frà: Our Single Vineyards (Cru)
A single vineyard “cru” is not merely created. It dictates to the winemaker which characteristics and uniqueness based on generations of previous farmers what it requires to provide the best wine. For this reason, it requires someone with expertise to indentify a “cru”. It needs constant attention and devotion in the vineyards to all the surrounding elements of the environment. A single vineyard does not exist by itself because it requires major decisions for cultivation. It forces us to show our true character and the story we want to share with you through our wines. These are the Monte del Fra’ single vineyards.
In the heart of Custoza area, a hill with gravel and rocky soil that faces southeast. The vineyard is composed of old vines, accustomed to the many challenges of nature’s elements and to go deep within the soil for nourishment. This is a magical place, which is ideal to prove that Custoza wine can turn into one of the most renown wines. It has all the features of minerality, longevity and complexity. The result: an amazing Custoza, the most awarded and celebrated in the world. It is a great white wine with infinite ageing potential.
Garganega is the main white grape of the Veneto region. Its origin dates back to the ancient Greeks and it appears in the major denominations of this region. The grape variety has enormous potential here at Monte del Frà, and expresses itself with unique notes. Our family put all their experience and passion into cultivating this grape on the moraine hills, south of Lake Garda. This is a calcareous – clay soil, rich in minerals with a Pergola Trellising system. The grape is treated with a special technique called the “Passerillage”. The result? This wine magically explodes in the glass with pure harmony, complexity and elegance. Only the penultimate vintages create this unique bodied wine that is produced only in small steel containers. It ages gracefully with charm through the years, becoming an “icon” in the most exclusive wine shops around the world.
How many faces does Custoza have? How does it express this terroir? Many, a lot. Never a commonplace, never taken for granted, this is a place with a great richness inside asking to be used. This single vineyard is released in the best vintages in order to enhance a wine denomination and to celebrate human work, the work of our family in particular, the sum of our know-how and skills built in sixty harvests, in the different vineyards composing Monte del Fra’ and in the delicate work of vinification and refinement.
The strength of a “cru” will eventually shows its potency. For many years these locked in flavors and aromas have not been exposed. A soil not rich in elements and an area where it was difficult to ripen grapes: this is what you will find in this area. A location at the top of a hill named Scarnocchio, which is difficult to reach and to work by hand are eighteen terraced hectares. This land has volcanic soils in the Fumane village right in the hearth of the Valpolicella Classico area. This location is sheltered from the scorching temperatures and brushed by Pre Alp winds. This Reserva is a challenge, unique to the palate, adaptable to the climatic changes of the area and to the aging process that turns it into an indisputable personality…this as Amarone.