Carlo Nerozzi, Le Vigne di San Pietro, Garda, Italy
I became winemaker by coincidence; my father has at the end of the ’70s decided to change our residence and to move from the city to the countryside to improve the life quality of the family. After 2 years search he has found Le Vigne di San Pietro; he was architect and entrepreneur in the field of construction, I instead was a 20 years old student of Architecture. The fact that the house was surrounded by the beautiful hills with vineyards has provoked us to start this activity which became a passion and profession for all the family.
How would you describe your company?
It’s a small, family run company on two hills at Sommacampagna in a residential zone where we have 4 hectares of vineyard and the same quantity of park and forest; other 6 hectares are few km away from the Golf Club Verona; since a few years we have also 10 hectares in the zone of Valpolicella classica which are owned by my partner Giovanni Boscaini.
Our intention is since always to produce elegant wines of character and good capacity to evolve in time. We are trying to help to the vine to express its own potential, with the manual care and attention in all the cycles and with a great respect of the ambient.
The wine which I would drink every day is Corderosa, rose from pure Corvina which I have dedicated to my wife Regina, brazilian from Bahia; from here the brazilian name which means colour of the rose; then there is Duecuori, passito from moscatto giallo with exotic flavours, dedicated to my parents who didn’t have the possibility to taste it.
Are your wines the way you want them?
I’m pretty happy with the results, even if it’s logical that some vintages are better then others and so they give me more satisfaction: probably I would like to create a more elegant white wine which would be more aromatic.
Which wine of some other winemaker would you want to be yours?
I love wines of Gianfranco Gallo, Vie di Romans, they have a wonderful equilibrium and elegance; I wish my white wine would become closer to those.
Do you have any realizable or realized dreams?
I would like to produce a spicy red wine with a long life by using only Corvina grapes but in the Borgogna style.
Do you have also any unrealizable dream?
Dreams, to be what they are, need to be potentially realizable.
If you wouldn’t be involved in wines, what would you do?
Movie director. But when I was young I dreamed about going to Africa for a secular mission.
Where are available your wines?
My wines can be found in the good restaurants in Verona and in the central Nord Italy, at Era Ora of my friend Elvio Milleri in Copenhagen, in New York at Eataly, in San Paolo in Brasil, in Kiev, Tokyo and since recently in Malaysia.