The Wine: Valpolicella DOC 2018
Garganuda Valpolicella is a red natural wine from Veneto, Northeastern Italy, made from a blend of Veneto region native grape varietals Corvina and Rondinella by winemaker Giovanni Menti. The Grapes are farmed organically. Garganuda Valpolicella is fermented spontaneously, bottled unfined, unfiltered, aged in oak barrels. Medium body wine with bright red fruit on the nose, cherry and plum, savory palate and fine tannins.
The Winery: Garganuda (Giovanni Menti)
Garganuda was founded at the end of the 19th century, by the Menti family in Gambellara, Veneto region, Northeastern Italy. Nowadays the estate is managed by Giovanni Menti and his son Stefano. At Garganuda, the vineyards are farmed organically using biodynamic methods. The winemaking approach in the cellar is low intervention, using only native yeasts, avoiding chemicals and filtration.
The Region: Veneto
Veneto is one of the most important wine regions of Italy, located in the North Eastern corner of the Italian peninsula. It borders with Trentino-Alto Adige (north), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (north-east), Emilia-Romagna (south), and Lombardy (west).
The capital of Veneto is Venice, which is also its most populous city, followed by Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and Rovigo. The east coast of Lake Garda, the biggest Italian lake, is part of Veneto and so is the tract of Alpine foothills called Venetian Prealps.
Veneto is the leading Italian region for the quantity of wine produced – even though wine-producing regions such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia, and Sicily all have bigger territories.
Some of its most famous wines are Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpolicella, Soave, and of course Prosecco. Other less known but equally delicious wines are Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Raboso del Piave, and Bardolino.
Veneto’s main characteristic is perhaps the great variety of wine types produced, obtained mostly from indigenous grape varietals – Corvina, Glera, and Garganega being the most common.
This is due as much to its specific geography and climate as it is to rather peculiar winemaking techniques such as the grape drying technique employed to make Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto’s most famous red wine.