Il Roccolo di Monticelli

In the outskirts of Verona, perched on a hill, among the terraced vineyards and century-old olive trees, Silvia Tezza cares for her family farm Il Roccolo di Monticelli. Her family farm Il Roccolo di Monticelli made wines for generations but for family consumption only until recently. Her family farm has never seen industrial chemicals. She took over her family farm in 2015. The cellar and vineyards needed much restoration to make wines commercially viable. The work soon became a family passion. Il Roccolo di Monticelli is a typical Italian family farm. During a harvest, Silvia is surrounded by her family and friends.

Il Roccolo di Monticelli sits on a blessed and privileged San Briccio hill, which is an exposed limestone bedrock. All her vines are rooted in limestone, giving her wines inimitable freshness, elegance and liveliness. All vines are indigenous Italian varietals: Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave for whites; Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta for the red. The vines are trained in the traditional beautiful Pergola.


This is a skin-contact sparkling wine. Made with the indigenous varietals of Garganega (80%) and Trebbiano di Soave (20%) that are trained in the traditional Pergola Veronese. Trebbiano di Soave is pink colour grape when ripe and gives this sparkler a shade of stunning amber colour. For this sparkler, the grapes are harvested twice. The first harvest is usually in early September for freshness. The second harvest is usually in early October when the grapes are riper for complexity and fruit. The must from the second harvest is saved and added after the initial fermentation to induce the second fermentation in bottles.


This is a skin-contact wine. The limestone of her old vineyard shining through with the inimitable freshness and salinity. This wine is made with Garganega (50%) and Trebbiano di Soave (50%) grapes and are selected from the parcels that have more limestone. The vines are 60 to 80 years old.


Made with Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. The vines are on stone terraces that were built by hand generations ago. This type of terraced vineyard is called marogne in the local Italian dialect. Despite the hard labour, the ancients built marogne because the wines made from such terraced vineyards were and are the finest in the region. The majority of the vines were planted in the 1960's by Silvia Tezza's grand parents with smatterings of recent plantings in 2015. The terraces are filled with white-pink limestones, which impart distinctive mineral taste and complexity.


This rosé sparkling made from Molinara, which is indigenous varietal of Valpolicella in this region. Molinara naturally gives faintest red hue. When ripe, Molinara has pink and green grapes on the same bunch. It is as though Molinara wants to naturally make a rosé.


This is a skin-contact wine. Made with the oldest parcels of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. Skin contact is about six months, followed by a year of bottle aging.


From the oldest parcels that are planted with Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella. Élevage is in neutral traditional botti for a year, followed by additional two years in bottles to settle down.


Region: Verona

Size: 5 hectares

Viticulture: Biodynamic - not certified

Producer Website: Il Roccolo di Monticelli