Zone:Custoza (Sommacampagna, province of Verona)
Vineyard extension (hectares):7
Blend:60% Corvina 30% Rondinella 10% Molinara
Vineyard age (year of planting):Corvina 1911,2013 Molinara 1911,2013 Rondinella 1911,2013
Altitude:150 meters above sea level
Colour:bright ruby red
Nose:Fruity with cherry and hard black cherry notes
Serving temperature (°C):16-18
Match with:pasta dishes, white meat, fresh water fish
Average no. bottles/year:65,000
The yield is approx. 60 hectolitres of wine/hectare.
Vinification and ageing
Destemming and crushing of the clusters, fermentation for 72 hours at 28 degrees Celsius, the temperature is then lowered to 25 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. The wine is racked off and the alcoholic fermentation is completed after 8/10 days at 20 degrees Celsius. Malolactic fermentation. The wine then matures briefly in steel till March.
Address:Via Sommacampagna, 7 37066 Custoza - Sommacampagna Verona
Owner:Luciano and Franco Piona
Year of establishment:1948
Total annual production:370000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):40
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):40ha Garganega, Fernanda, Trebbianello, Trebbiano, Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable.
Oenologist:Franco and Luciano Piona
Azienda Agricola Cavalchina is located in Custoza, a district of Sommacampagna, province of Verona
The estate was established at the beginning of the 1900s, when the first vineyards were purchased. The cellar was built later and part of it was used as a distillery of grape marc till 1967. In 1962 Cavalchina was the first winery to call the white wine of this area (a blend of Fernanda, Trebbiano and Garganega grapes) “Custoza” and to sell it in Rome and in Milan, the most important markets of the time. Only the grape varietals that are most suited for the area are grown, yields are kept low and only the best clusters go into the wine that is bottled. Modern technology is used in the cellar, but tradition is also respected. The wines produced are: Bianco di Custoza DOC, Bardolino DOC, Bardolino Chiaretto, Bardolino Superiore DOCG.