Ca’ dei Maghi : A boutique winery in Fumane

The name of the winery comes from the locality, one of the most historical ones in the Valpolicella Classica in Fumane. The production of wine has been going on uninterruptedly since the eighteenth century, still today it is led by the descendants of
the same Fasoli Fedrigo family who over time added accommodation and restaurant activities to wine, to offer an all-round offer.

The family have always been pioneers in this sense, grandfather Fernando was among the first in the area to bottle wine for himself, in fact at the time it was sold in demijohns. The thirty two-year-old Paolo Creazzi, since 2009, after studying oenology and some training internships took over the company, taking it into the modern era by upsetting the architectural structure of
the spaces, making them more functional. From the countryside to the cellar, Paolo assisted by two other young people, with his savoir-faire has managed to offer a new interpretation of the wines of Valpolicella, especially those of Fumane, an area known to be among the coldest in the
area .

The wines focus on drinkability and elegance, in tannins, they are present but are refined; all produced in 7 hectares cultivated in the municipality of Fumane, in Camparsi (1.8ha), Monte Santoccio (2.5ha) and Monte Sant’Urbano (2.7ha) from grapes planted at different exposures and altitudes. Parcel vinification and even more attention in the cellar, therefore, during the blending phase, which sees the use of Corvina for 40%, Corvinone for 30%, Rondinella for 20% and Molinara for 5%. Paolo winks at organic farming, at the moment the viticulture is ”raisonée”, he looks at the various sections of the vineyards and the different ripening periods of the bunches. Organization, during the harvesting phase and timeliness, are therefore crucial to bring home the best possible grapes to be processed to obtain wines that are so fresh but with substance and complexity
as well as capable of ageing. The variables are many, it is not a single vineyard and a single cultivar but a reading of the soils and an interpretation of the grapes grown there. In the case of Cà dei Maghi, we pass from red soil, calcareous marl to the more alluvial and volcanic ones, and to the more tuffaceous ones near Monte Sant’Urbano. Forty thousand bottles produced, 60% of which were sold abroad, including a Trebbiano-based white which in retrospect gives very interesting results, confirming the shelf life of Fumane wines. Among the future objectives there is certainly the desire to complete the restoration of the cellars but above all to stabilize and confirm the quality level achieved year after year, trying to improve it ”because here everything is always questioned.”

Among the wines produced by Paolo, among the most successful labels, there are Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 and Valpolicella Classico 2019, wines from the vintages that will be able to develop and give back other emotions with ageing in the bottle.

by Erika Montovan

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