Cà Dei Merli is an old drier for the Amarone della Vapolicella grapes, finely restored in 2014, immersed in the tranquility of the valley, a point of conjunction between the city of Verona, Lake Garda and 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 particular position makes it suitable for both a relaxing holiday and a cultural tourist, thanks to the convenience with which you can reach the main tourist destinations of the Veneto region, such as Verona, Lake Garda, Venice, Treviso and Trentino.
For lovers of walking and cycling there are paths surrounded by greenery.
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.
The house consists of a main area where the owners live and a separate area reserved for guests.
The old drying room has two four-seater rooms, one with a double bed and a bunk bed; the other one 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, 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.
It is possible to have a number of external parking spaces available on the property, which is accessed via a motorized gate.
The property also has an outdoor park with a swimming pool above 7.5X3.5 and is equipped with sun lounger and barbecue, parasol, table and chairs to eat.
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 stables, different paths and trails for mountain biking or for walkers.
In the village there are several restaurants and farms.
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 can be reached in 25 minutes as well as Lake Garda and its theme parks such as Gardaland and Il Caneva World, in 20 minutes you can also reach the Pastrengo safari zoo and in 10 minutes you can spend an afternoon of relaxation at the Aquardens Thermal Baths, which are the largest in Europe.
In about twenty minutes you reach the Verona airport.
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 not less interesting, the Bridge of Veja, frequented, probably, since well before the last glaciation by a colony of skilled workers of artifacts of flint, arrows, tips, needles, leaves us astonished by the fact that those prehistoric men (perhaps Neanderthal) traded their precious material for half of Europe, up to the Baltic Sea in present-day Poland, via the Amber route, or to the French end.
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 hints: ripe fruit, black cherry and raspberry jam.
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 Amarone epithet to indicate Recioto Amaro or Recioto Secco was born in the spring of 1936 in the Cantina Sociale Valpolicella, at the time based at Villa Mosconi in Arbizzano di Valpolicella, thanks to the workman Adelino Lucchese, exceptional palate and flair that, thanks to the lucky the discovery of a recioto cask forgotten in the cellar and tapping the Recioto Amaro from the fermentation barrel, came out in an enthusiastic exclamation: "This is not a Bitter, it's an Amarone".
The capocantina had given the Valpolicella the magic word.
Amarone was spoken since the days of Catullus in the Carme n. 27 (about 49 BC) claims "calices amariores" (more bitter glasses).
But many other documents give witness.
Traces of predilection for this wine and for the grapes that produce it are also found in the Edict of Rotari which established very severe penalties for those who caused damage to the vines and salty fines for those who stole the grapes.
For the years following 1000 d. C. there is evidence of some acts of purchase and sale of vineyards in the area of production of Amarone della Valpolicella, indeed wine is considered to be equal to the money to pay feudal rights.
In the following centuries the presence of the Amarone della Valpolicella continues in the 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 needed to bring the grapes destined for this precious wine to the right withering is very high.
Withering is essential, so much so that someone has defined this phase as a second harvest.
The grapes, healthy and perfectly ripe not only on the peel but also internally, are already selected at the time of harvest, in the first two weeks of October, choosing the sparse bunches, with the grapes not too close together, so that they leave the '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. This is why some historical cellars are built on bumps and sides of hills in sometimes improbable positions, outside the rules of practicality small.
Sometimes it was the position of the dryer to decide the placement of the entire building.
The withering lasts about 120 days; the most evident visible consequence of this phase, in addition to the aging of the berries, is the weight loss of the bunches which varies according to the type of grapes.
At the end of January, beginning of February, the grapes are pressed and the maceration of the skins is long.
Slowest fermentation also at low temperature, even for 30/50 days. This is to make sure that the sugars, due to the yeasts, turn 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 grapes, vinification, aging and bottling must be carried out in the DOCG area.