Our history

Terre di Gnirega is a small agricultural holding located in the area of Valpolicella Classica, nearby Verona. For 4 generation the Aldrighetti family has been working these fields. It began with the great-grandfather Cristoforo, born in 1874, followed by Sante, Gigi, and nowadays Francesco and Paolo.

From left: Francesco, Gigi and Paolo.

The family owns 4,5 hectars, where they grow vines (3,5), cherries, plums, olive trees. The fields are placed on the hillside of Marano Valley, south-west exposed, at 300 m of altitude. The soil is clayish-calcareous, consisting of stones.

In the Seventies, Gigi participated to a movement that was experimentig good agronomic practices in order to exclude chemicals from plant protection products and fertilization. Successively, this movement will be called organic farming.

In the following years, Gigi started to rearrange the fields: in his work, he always respected the traditional agricultural landscape, characterized by terraces and “marogne”, the typical dry-stone walls of Valpolicella. He planted vines, cherry trees and olive trees, while he decided to preserve woods on the steepest areas of the hillside.

Since 1989 our agricultural holding is organic certified.

In 2010 Gigi and his son, Francesco, decided to renovate the old wine cellars in their courtyard, and started to produce natural, organic and typical wines of Valpoicella: Valpolicella Classico DOC, Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG e Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG e and Passito Bianco del Veneto.

The vinification are done by using the native yeasts of grapes. By minimizing our intervention in the vinification process, we want to enhance the annual peculiarities of the wine. The outcomes are light wines from the rich and distinctive taste.