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The Castellani family, currently in its fourth generation, continues with the same commitment and passion the work began by Pietro more than one hundred years ago. All phases of the wine-making process, cultivation of the highest quality grapes, grape harvest, vinification, ageing and marketing are carried out directly by the family. Particular attention and care are given to the delicate process of grape drying or "appassimento" that is essential for the making of Recioto and Amarone, the region's greatest and most noble wines.

While the new winery demonstrates great aesthetic taste it is above all highly practical and functional. By exploiting the natural topography of the land the new winery has been designed without the need to use pumps for moving musts and wine around the winery. As the different phases of the process of vinification are carried out on different levels of the winery we are able to exploit the force of gravity for shifting volumes of must or wine around the winery. In this way the wine is not subjected to the violent impact that is typical of a pump and ensures a better preservation of all the wine's inherent qualities.

The quality and authenticity of our wines are the result of an uncompromising passion that is shared by all members of the Castellani family and which has been passed from generation to generation for more than a century.

Grape Varieties: 70% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella and indigenous varieties among which Molinara

This Valpolicella is made entirely from fruit grown in our vineyards which are farmed organically. Our wines are certified organic.
The chemical and physical characteristics of the soil along with the topographical hillside position of the vineyards make it possible for us to produce a red wine of great class and pedigree.
The fermentation lasts for 15 days and is carried out in 5000 litre oak vats in contact with the skins of the Amarone from the Ravazzol vineyard and with the skins of the Recioto from the Tordare vineyard.
Following fermentation the wine is aged for a period of 12 months in 3000 liter oak barrels.
This Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is a faithful expression of the traditional style of this great wine:
The wine is full, complex, soft but completely dry in the true "Ca' la Bionda style".
The palate displays all the qualities of a great red, freshness, elegance density and structure.
The wine has not been filtered and clarification of the wine is carried out by entirely natural methods.

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Agricola La Bionda S.S.
Via Bionda 4 - 37020 - Valgatara di Marano Valpolicella (VR)
Tel. +39 045 6801198 - Fax. 045 9587131