This is Lake Garda, which goes far beyond what you can imagine and it is much more than that postcard you're looking at and turning over in your hands. It is a place that goes beyond the picture, even the most beautiful you can think of, the one that has not yet been printed and maybe, if it existed, would represent if anything only a part of a large body of water framed by blue sky and green mountains. If you have not already guessed, this is a magical place. This is the lake where I, like Corvina, become something else, where even back in 1986 meeting Gaetano Zeni I fell in love to the point of creating the Cruino, the cellar's first monovarietal wine made from Corvina grapes.
What I always liked about this family of winegrowers from Lake Garda is the tenacity with which they have pursued their dreams. It was a never-satisfied determination, always characterized by strong colors, brightening the world of wine in this area since 1870.
Their work has been a patient one, carried out using what they had and a little fresh paint, applied with art by the hands of all the generations who have taken their turn at running this historic winery.
An act of love? Perhaps.
If it is, it is definitely directed towards this land, defended to the bitter end from any property speculation that Lake Garda could have easily succumbed to. Perhaps it was an act of love that proves, however, that one should never belittle the value of the silvery reflection that the olive trees growing alongside the vineyards, cast over the lake. It was strong and decisive action which led them to keep from distorting the intimacy of this place and prevented them from continuing to make only beautiful postcards for tourists, without the slightest shred of identity or real value. I can assure you, they have done nothing else, committing themselves passionately to me, looking back at all these years of making the most of me in every way, characterizing my expressiveness and regional varietal aspects in their wines.
Yes. I can assure you that it has been a benevolent fate to stay near to them, enjoying the concentration of human values and experience that has always characterized them, making them an important point of reference of Veronese oenology. Never satisfied with the results, they set out, going beyond the water that divides my two souls, on both sides of the Adige, to cultivate me both in the historical morainic area of Bardolino, and in the oldest one of Valpolicella, always adding value to value.
Look at them! Don't you see that Fausto, Elena and Federica possess that mix of professionalism and Franciscan passion for work that makes them unique?
These are qualities related to experience, which, like Corvina, allow me to give the best of myself.
The magic which they have been able to make in this region, their simplicity, their characteristic identity, are just some of the elements that make them great winegrowers. What I like about them more than anything else is the smiles which they never deny to anyone, not even me.
These smiles are what greet me when I arrive at the winery after harvest, just like the greet the tens of thousands of visitors when they arrive at the wine museum, built in my honor.
(Corvina Mon Amour - Andrea Zanfi)