The Fattori family have been producing wine in the Soave, Veneto, since the turn of the 20th century. It began with grandfather Antonio, who planted 17 acres of vines in the hills around Terrossa, so called because of the reddish basalt soils. He was a wonderful character and is remembered fondly for going everywhere barefoot. The estate is now run by grandson Antonio, his passion and drive creating a superb combination of traditional vineyards enhanced by modern facilities. In recent years, the Fattori family has abandoned the use of insecticides and pesticides, opting instead for natural alternatives. One such is a substance that restricts reproduction amongst pests, and they also use copper and vegetable oils. They now use almost entirely organic manure, and are continually looking at new methods of sustainability.
Fattori Soave ‘Runcaris’ 2019
Antonio organically farms his 161 acres of vineyards, all of which are located less than three miles from the winery. His modern temperature control systems and advanced equipment further support his goal to produce expressive, aromatic Soave and classic, elegant Valpolicella and Amarone wines. To Antonio, “Success in winemaking is like success as a skier. It’s making that beautiful curve with your skis on fresh powder and then being able to turn around and admire the tracks you have made.”