The Valpolicella area

The history of Beghini family and its vineyards started a long time ago in Valpolicella, on the North West of Verona, historically well known for its delightful wines. Nowadays we call it “Valpolicella Classica” to distinguish the historical territory from the rest of the wine making area.

The climate here is unique, with cool breezes from the Lessini mountains meeting the warmer ones from the Garda lake, and, together with the rich soil and a landscape made of small valleys and gentle hillslopes, it makes of Valpolicella Classica an ideal place for cultivations like olives, cherries and grapes of course.

This area includes five villages: Sant’Ambrogio, Fumane, Marano, Negrar and San Pietro in Cariano.

Beghini wine company was founded there within a smaller village named  San Floriano, by a place called “Mattonara” (“bricks’ place”).

It’s been told that the origin of this name goes back to an old mine of tuff, mineral of which the hill is still rich of, that used to supply with bricks all the villages nearby.

The Vineyards

The wine company expands over 5 hectars of vineyards, most of which are grown on hillside, upon terraces sustained by stone walls, as typical in Valpolicella. The soil is rich of limestone and tuff, a kind of mineral particularly porous and good to provide the grapes with mineral salts, to protect its delicate roots from the freezing cold on winter and to keep them wet in the summer time.

The growing system used here is Guyot whereas the varieties grown are indigenous and typical of the Valpolicella blend:

  • Corvina, providing character and body to the wine;
  • Corvinone, similar to Corvina but more resistent;
  • Rondinella, with its elegant aromas;
  • Molinara, giving nice mineral notes.

All these grapes are suitable to the dryng-system, a typical technique which is at the base of Recioto and Amarone, the most representative wines of Valpolicella.