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Ancient Dryer of Valpolicella grapes

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cà Dei Merli is a barn for drying the grapes for Amarone of Vapolicella finely restored in 2014, in the tranquility of the valley, the conjunction between the city of Verona, Lake Garda and the Lessinia. Situated behind Fumane at the foot of Mount Rivoli under the spectacular and Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette who is a fantastic panoramic balcony over the vineyards of Valpolicella, is the ideal place to regain energy.

Its location makes it particularly suitable for a relaxing holiday both cultural tourism, thanks to the convenience with which you can reach the main tourist destinations in Veneto, such as Verona, Lake Garda, Venice, Treviso and Trentino. For lovers of walking and cycling paths are in the green. For lovers of good food and good wine there are many wine tasting tours with wine tastings; Owners love their territory offer to suggest tasting trails.

Amarone della Valpolicella is a red wine raisin dry DOCG produced exclusively in the Valpolicella in the province of Verona.


color: red possibly tending to garnet with aging;

odor: characteristic, accentuated;

Palate: rich, velvety, warm;

residual sugar up to 12 g / l where the actual alcoholic strength is 14%.

Olfactory: ripe fruit, black cherry jam and raspberry. In those aged more can be perceived even hints of musk and tar, the latter said in technical jargon of tar.

Alcohol: the minimum alcohol content is expected to 14º, for the most massive can reach up to 17º.

The name of this red Verona structured, Amarone, comes from the word "bitter", adopted to distinguish it from the sweet Recioto della Valpolicella and they had, albeit unintentionally, origin.

The new epithet to indicate Recioto Amarone or Recioto Amaro Secco was born in the spring of 1936 in the Cantina Sociale Valpolicella, while based at Villa Mosconi to Arbizzano di Valpolicella, by the capocantina Adelino Lucchese, palate and nose exceptional, thanks to the lucky discovery of a barrel of recioto forgotten in the cellar and spills Recioto Amaro from the stem of fermentation, came out in an exclamation enthusiastic: "This is not a Amaro, is an Amarone". The capocantina had given the Valpolicella the magic word.

Amarone talked since the time of Catullus in Carme n. 27 (about 49 a. C.) claim "calices amariores" (glasses bitterest). But many other documents give witness.

Traces of predilection for this wine and grapes that produce it is also found in the Edict of Rotari which established very severe penalties for those adversely affecting the vines and fines for those who stole the clusters. For the years beyond 1000 d. C. There is no trace of some acts of purchase and sale of vineyards in the area of ​​production of Amarone della Valpolicella, indeed the wine is considered like the money to pay the feudal rights. In later centuries continues the presence of Amarone della Valpolicella in official documents and in the writings of the humanists. An estimate of 1503 attests that the area of ​​production of Amarone della Valpolicella; was a valley rich and famous thanks to its wines. Fame that continued until the time of the Enlightenment when Scipione Maffei in an important text proposed diction bitter, to indicate the wine "a grace particular product in Valpolicella."

The experience you need to bring the right drying the grapes for this precious wine is very high. The drying is critical, so much so that some have called this stage a second harvest. The grapes, healthy and perfectly ripe not only on the skin but also internally, are selected at the time of harvest, in the first two weeks of October, choosing the sparse clusters, with the berries not too close together, so they leave the circular 'air. These small "nuggets" ax are distributed in a single layer on trays, large wooden crates, more and more often replaced by perforated plastic sheet, for the aeration and to ensure a more rapid washability after use.

The trays are stacked in dryers, ventilated rooms usually above the dwellings and cellars. Position useful for those who have to turn and periodically check the grapes and then work them quickly, at the right time.

The dryers must be in a position where is allowed a constant aeration, controlled by suitably arranged windows, where the temperature may change gradually and where there are no stagnant moisture. For this certain historical cellars are built on the sides of hills and bumps in positions sometimes improbable, outside of the rules of practicality petty. Sometimes it was the position of the dryer to decide the placement of the entire building.

The drying process takes about 120 days; The most obvious visible consequence of this phase, over the berries wilt, is the weight loss of the clusters that varies according to the type of grape.

In late January, early February, the grapes are crushed and skin maceration is long. Slowest fermentation also at low temperature, even for 30/50 days. This serves to ensure that the sugars, the effect of yeast, are transformed into alcohol. If the final wine keeps a low presence of sugars, may be defined Amarone. If the amount is higher, you get instead Recioto.

The grapes left to dry can not be fermented before 1 December.

It requires a minimum aging period of two years with effect from 1 January following the harvest.

All operations of drying the grapes, vinification, aging and bottling, must be carried out in the area DOCG.

The house consists of a main area where the owners live and a separate area reserved for guests.

The old dryer has two rooms with four beds each, one with a double bed and a bunk bed; while the other with two double beds. There is also a fully equipped kitchen with oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and a wood stove to cook in a way typical of this area.

The rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, are equipped with central heating and free internet.

The apartment has access to a laundry room with washing machine and storage for DHW from 400l to ensure a constant flow of hot water.

And 'this, incoming, a comfortable and lovely sitting room to read, work or write.

Possible to have available a carport and plenty of parking outside, but always within the property, which is accessed through a motorized gate.

The property also has a park with outdoor swimming pool above ground 7X4 and is equipped with lie down in the sun and barbecue, beach umbrella, table and chairs for dining.

The country of Fumane is located a few kilometers from one of the best hospitals in the province of Verona, the hospital of Negrar, 20 minutes.

Leisure activities: in the area there are two riding schools, different paths and trails for mountain bikes or walkers. In the village there are several restaurants and houses. For those who love good wine since we are in the center of historical Valpolicella there are a hundred wineries offering tastings and tours.

Places to visit: Verona is 25 minutes away as well as Lake Garda and its theme parks such as Gardaland and the Caneva World, in 20 minutes you can reach the zoo safari Pastrengo and in 10 minutes, you can spend an afternoon relaxing at the Spa Aquardens, which are the largest in Europe. In about twenty minutes to reach the airport of Verona. For lovers of the mountain in an hour and a half you can be in the Dolomites.

At 10 minutes from the property, there are also the famous waterfalls of Molina, which attract more than 80 000 tourists. The special feature of this area is the abundance of water, thanks to the existence of perennial springs placed north of the town of Molina. The park in addition to the sparkling waterfalls, offers visitors a landscape marked by woods and meadows, interrupted frequently by streams and rivers of water that combine the sweetness of the green, in the infinite variety of vegetation, the gray of the rocky outcrops.

E 'in the Park ritrovabile a summary of the landscape of low mountains, where paths and trails offer visitors the serene solemnity of a waterfall bubbling, now the expanse of multicolored flowers between a forest and a cliff, now inhabited by the gorge a swirling stream.

Also nice to see there is also the Tibetan Bridge, classical engineering work suspended ropes between opposite banks, is the first implementation of its kind in Veneto and even among the rarities in our country, and connects the road system of Marano di Valpolicella with that Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo.

Then there is also the nearby Caves Fumane testifying to the continued presence of the Neanderthal man and then Homo sapiens sapiens from about 80 thousand to 25 thousand years ago. Finally, but no less interesting, Veja Bridge, attended, probably, since well before the last ice age by a colony of skilled workers of flint artifacts, arrows, spikes, needles, leaves us amazed at the fact that these prehistoric men (perhaps Neanderthal) commerciassero their precious material for half of Europe, to the Baltic Sea in the current Poland, for the Amber Road, or end up French.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, german
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017


Fumane Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , shower , bidet
    - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The bathrooms are nice spacious and very cute, they are complete with all amenities
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • - 1 double , 2 child bed
    - 2 double
  • The rooms are elegantly furnished, laden with hot and relex atmosphere. They are equipped with all comforts
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 4.9722223 based on 36 reviews

My family and I had a fantastic fortnight. The accommodation is amazing and so too the owners.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! The accommodation was immaculately decorated and presented with authentic Italian furniture and fittings. In addition it also had modern conveniences; dishwasher, washing machine and air conditioning. We were greeted by our lovely hosts Marco and Daniela and they went the extra mile to meet our needs. Valpolicella wine on arrival, fresh produce from their garden, a delicious cake and a tour and their fun company during a local visit to the wine producer. The pool was clean and used lots by our 3 children. The garden had fantastic views of the surrounding beautiful countryside. Overall we had a fantastic two weeks and thank Marco and Daniela for their time and attention to detail. Experiences we had: lake Garda swimming in Bardolino, Opera in Verona a must, Romeo and Juliette around Verona, Venice a must And train fare cheap, Molina local walk and the water park was fun too. Thanks guys from us all.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi ... thanks to the beautiful words, I like the guests to know the little details and the attentions we put to them. You have been fantastic guests, even your children ... are beautiful, respectful and smiling. We are delighted that you enjoyed the place and we are grateful that you have let us know the Romeo and Juliet traveling itinerary, we will also do it. It's true the wine factory tour was fun. Thanks again to you, hope to see you again Daniela & Marco
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Amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

we stayed at this property for 9 nights in June and had a fabulous time. It's in an absolutely beautiful area which is perfect for exploring Verona and the different towns around lake Garda.

The owners were great, so friendly and really went the extra mile to help us and provide us with lovely little touches. My daughter has to have lacto-free milk and on arrival they had put some in the fridge ready as we arrived in the evening. What a wonderful thing to do.

The property is beautiful and has everything you need and more.

Thanks for having us, we are missing our holiday already

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the beautiful words that make us proud. You have been fantastic hosts, respecting the home. Which made us very happy to help you and then how not to love the "little princess". A kiss at all, we hope to have you as our guests again. Daniela & Marco
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Cozy and well decorated Villa

  • 5 of 5

This property is beautifully updated and decorated. The town has many wineries to sample and a couple of great restaurants. Nearby Verona was easy to drive to and great to explore. There is much more to do and see, but we only had a few days to spend here. We would definataly return.

The Muenchow Family

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear family, thank you for your review. It was nice to have you as guests ... unfortunately there was no much time to know us better, you are a wonderful family and we hope to see you again in the future. Daniela & Marco
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Very comfortable apartment , lovely hosts, who made us extremely welcome

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is spacious and well fitted out with everything that we required , and all equipment was

of a high quality .

Lots of care had been taken with the apartment , and it was lovely to have the use of a garden .

Picturesque countryside surrounds house and it's well placed for visiting historic towns and villages..

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed the house, the garden and our area. We were pleased to have met you because you are two beautiful people. Still we hope to have you as guests. Daniela & Marco
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Lovely house - great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a great but short stay. The house was beautifully renovated, clean and very comfortable. All amenities were there. Fumane, the town, had a really great pasticceria down the street from house, a nice olive oil cooperative in town and at least 1 really good restaurant, Ca' de Maghi, that was recommended by Marco and Daniela. Marco and Daniela were great hosts - friendly and so helpful. We would definitely stay again and recommend it to friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the beautiful words, you were the really nice guests, with which it was nice talking. You were very nice, all the children were really cute. You were very respectful of the rules of the house and we thank you for leaving the house in order. Hopefully we ache to have you back as a guest ... Daniela & Marco
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second time we stayed at Ca'dei Merli with Daniella & Marco as our hosts. We enjoyed it so much last year that we had to come again and this time with some friends.

It is simply perfect!! The accommodation is spacious and comes with everything you could possibly need. It is beautifully furnished and decorated with comfort and style.

Then there is your own garden with table & chairs & sunloungers and a huge sunshade. Lovely clean inviting swimming pool and you can simply lie in the garden and look at the beautiful view and relax all day if you want!

There are also so many fabulous places to visit so close by like the really pretty scenic walk in the National Park in Molina with numerous waterfalls. Lovely to walk in the shade of the trees when it was hot!

Easy trip to Verona - we went to the opera Carmen in the amphitheatre which was an amazing experience.

Very close to lots of places on Lake Garda - we liked a very pretty place Albisano near Torre del Benico and Malcesine is a lovely place to enjoy a boat trip across to Limone.

We also thought Borghetto sul Mincio was so very pretty and well worth a visit too.

Most of all we just loved our hosts Daniella & Marco who met us on our very late arrival at their local Pizzeria to welcome us and shared bottle of Prosecco with us in the garden and we were delighted to invite them to share a meal with us at Ca dei Maghi restaurant where the food was out of this world as was the service. Chef being a friend of Marco!

Fumane is a lovely community and small town where you quickly become recognised on a daily trip to buy bread for breakfast! Everyone so friendly - cannot recommend enough!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the beautiful words, we are pleased that we were able to convey our affection for you, that you are not simply customers for us, but friends. Thank you for the wonderful company and wonderful dinner you gave us. We hope we can come to find in England spend a holiday together ... Thanks for everything with love Daniela & Marco
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Airport Catullo Villafranca
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Milano - Venezia exit Verona Nord
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Osteria n1
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Valpolicella (Valpolexèla in Veneto) is the hilly area before the start of the Alpine foothills of Verona, in the Veneto region.

Well-known since the days of ancient Rome for viticulture, and in particular for Amarone wine, it is also important for the extraction of red Verona marble.

From the architectural point of view, the landscape of the Valpolicella is adorned with Venetian villas of great value and is decorated with capitals, churches, parishes, districts and courts, which enrich the area with evidence of years of history.

The meaning of the name Valpolicella is uncertain and has been the subject of several debates over the centuries. One of the assumptions is that it derives from the Latin Vallis-polis-cellae, literally translated valleys of many cellars.

Very fascinating is the etymology proposed by humanists who actually wanted the Greek language and more precisely in the word polyzelos in its most recent translation of land from many fruits or, for the more classic, much envied. Or it could be the union of poly = many and Selas = splendor, that is very beautiful.

The artistic and architectural heritage of the valley are shown the religious buildings, and in particular the ancient churches. Besides the already mentioned parish church of San Giorgio, in the municipality of San Pietro in Cariano is the beautiful church of San Floriano. This is dated around the twelfth century, although built on earlier pagan places of worship, and presents paintings by eighteenth-century authors. Interesting is the church of San Martino Corrubbio for the cycle of frescoes, of which only fragments remain today. Other churches were in Negrar (with a beautiful and venerable bell tower) and to Arbizzano. Valuable also some parish churches built between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Between 1922 and 1924 Joseph Trecca designed, as an architect, the parish church of Marano di Valpolicella, and from 1924 directed the work for the decoration of one of Fumane.

You can not talk about architecture in Valpolicella let alone its Venetian villas that, since the fifteenth century, have arisen here in large numbers. In addition to the architectural beauty of these works (the planned architects like Michele Sanmicheli and Andrea Palladio), they often retain their precious frescoes.

Since ancient times, the Valpolicella has been the focus of intensive extraction of precious marble. Many monuments were built using this Verona marble, and most likely also the stones that make up the Arena come from here.

The territory of Fumane is inhabited since prehistoric times, in the hamlet Molina is a shelter inhabited in prehistoric times considered one of the most important sites in Europe for the long period of use. Shelter Solinas, currently renamed Cave Fumane, has been inhabited by humans for about 60 000 years ago to about 25 000 years ago.

In Roman times the pagus Arusnatium, namely an autonomous administrative region inhabited by a native population, had the administrative center in the area of ​​Fumane; at the mouth of the plain of Fumane, to San Pietro in Cariano, is known to contain a Roman house with outbuildings: the large complex is related to the name ruins; still in use but already testified in documents of the eleventh century.

In the Dark Ages Fumane was under Lombard rule, the name of the valley was different and of Lombard, Val de room.

If there are few remains of the Middle Ages, many more will make the monumental presences in the Middle Ages. Perhaps already Federico della Scala had a palace in Fumane, dominant location Vicarie. When the Venetians put on sale the goods of Fattoria Scaligera, the Maffei bought houses here and fields which passed then, in the mid-sixteenth century, the Della Torre, who built the current monumental villa.

Typical phenomenon in the years between the fifteenth and sixteenth century is the birth, even in the valley fumanese, numerous villas: Villa Della Torre locations in Bancroft; Salle-villa resort Jenna in the Volta; Villa Marchiori-Cerù-Stork in the square of the capital.

During the eighteenth century there was a renewal of religious building. A Fumane and Mazzurega refer the two parish churches (a few centuries old) while in Cavalo Breonio and if they build two completely new, in a different position from the two oldest.

Throughout the nineteenth century and until the first half of the twentieth century, the country of Fumane remains largely unchanged, except for the natural development of houses. In the years immediately following the Second World War we witness the decline of the agricultural sector and the resulting income produced. It is therefore only the birth of this war, the territory fumanese, the small and medium industries also flourish with all the activities of the service sector related to it.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $5.89
pulizia finale + utenze $58.89
Stay tax $1.77 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.