Positioned on the ridge that separates the Fumane valley from the Marano valley, the vineyards of the Montecariano winery extend over the hilly slopes to the south, where the land is of friable limestone and Quaternary flooding, with many organic components and macroelements. These conditions are excellent for growing grapes which, thanks to the mild climate, ripen in September.
The typical landscape of Valpolicella surrounds the vines, which develop in a land that still has the original flora of olive trees, cypresses, cherry trees and large oaks, typical of sunny places that are protected from the wind.
"I work with my sons Matteo and Marco - explains Mariella Gini - to protect this land, wanting to escape the rulebook. My intention was to preserve some natural grape varieties such as Pelara, Oseleta, Molinara, Teroldego, Croatina next to the tradional ones, Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, because for us the product must be a reminder of its land ".
This land is full of history, as witnessed by the typical “marogne” (dry stone walls), a characteristic example of ancient rural architecture, and it gives life to grape growing with a unique character.
"There are encounters that open the mind. I prefer those that open the heart".
This is the Qla philosophy that guides Mariella Gini, owner with her sons Matteo and Marco of the Montecariano viniculture and vinification company.
"In 1992, when I began looking after the family land in San Pietro, Cariano, in the heart of Valpolicella - says Mariella Gini – the doubt that maybe I was facing unexplored and difficult roads never once crossed my mind. I went to a classical school where I studied archaeology. I frequently inspected the land, which was partly cultivated with old vines and which would become the heart of Montecariano, and while walking in the countryside I searched for the leading theme from which this long adventure would start, deciding on the destiny of those twenty-seven hectares of property. I feel a strong bond with the roots of lost civilizations and the modern history of Valpolicella, where growing vines is the boss. I am convinced that wine cannot exclude the strong characteristics of uniqueness, identity and naturalness that the territory has. Over the years, and certainly not by chance, there has been an inversion of tendency, many farmers are returning to the soil because they can see that the recovery of our roots is a concrete alternative for the future".