La Dama: “We like it natural!”

Helping nature with nature Spring is here and we, at La Dama, love to share with you this picture taken a few days ago in our Ca’Besi vineyard, not too far from the winery, in Negrar Helping nature with nature: sheep feed themselves while helping vineyard to stay clean while providing manure for the vines. That’s nature! La Dama Vini(www.ladamavini.it) Via G. Quintarelli, 39 San Vito di Negrar 37024 Verona (google map)
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La Dama: “2014, a Challenging Harvest”

But we are very proud of our work in the fields Valpollicella will definitely remember Summer 2014! We will remember it for the absolutely unusual weather conditions and for the temperature that stayed below average for the entire season. What did we do, here at La Dama, in our vineyards? We used all our experience, knowledge and all possible techniques to keep the grape as sound as possible: intense and frequent leaves removal to facilitate air ventilation and light around the bunches, repeated vine toppings to control the excess of vegetation of the plant. No need to say that continuous
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Gabriele Dal Canale owner of La Dama winery

La Dama: “Great news from La Dama”

Colombarino vineyards, in the heart of Valpolicella Gabriele Dal Canale, owner with his wife Miriam, of La Dama is proudly showing us his newly acquired Vineyard! This is the great news: 9 ha of land of which 3.7 are vineyards that his family recently bought. The property is in a beautiful location called Colombarino, near Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella (Vr) a prestigious area for vine growing. We left Negrar, where La Dama Winery is located, and drove for about thirty good minutes up the hills. In the distance you can see a mountain covered with snow. Beautiful, precious hills all around us, almost completely
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Brasato all'Amarone

La Dama: “Brasato with La Dama Amarone by Miriam”

A day in Valpollicella tasting over a great lunch We are visiting our friends at La Dama at their cellar in Negrar, where the owner and oenologist Gabriele Dal Canale has organized a tasting for us of the new vintages. Miriam Dal Canale, Gabriele’s wife and a great partner in the cellar, delighted us with a traditional recipe from her family: a beautiful “Brasato with Amarone”. A dish that perfectly matches with the taste of La Dama’s Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC La Dama or with their Valpolicella Classico Superiore “Ca’Besi” DOC. Here’s the complete recipe: Brasato with Amarone by
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La Dama: “Visiting the winery with guests from Mexico!”

This past week we received a visit from our Importer in Mexico. With them we made a nice tour of all the interior and exterior spaces, starting from this porch and including this tunnel. In this area we have created a space where, when the season is suitable, a portion of the grapes, after harvest, is placed to dry in the open air to dry using the winds that occur naturally due to the design of the space. The tents that you see above the arch, and that are located all around the porch, are used to regulate the passage
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La Dama: “A shorty story of a fun, useful recovery”

Today we are in Veneto in Negrar, where our friends from La Dama Winery, on top of producing an excellent Amarone, enjoyed getting the family involved in recovering and restoring some quite old (almost “historical”) equipments used in wine making. We want to tell you the story through the words of Gabriele Dal Canale, owner of La Dama: “I’m a big fan of the “do it yourself “! What happened is that I fell in love with six old concrete tanks my neighbors had. They laid there, neglected in some hidden corner of their winery, no longer used” “First step:
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La Dama: “Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella become DOCG”

Starting from vintage 2010 Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella wines become DOCG (instead of DOC). A goal that producers in the area chased for 15 years, it required a lot of effort and a long mediation between the various players involved in this decision. An important recognition for these two unique wines and a step forward for the guarantee of their authenticity. In practical for a small winery like ours, where all efforts are aimed at obtaining quality wines, nothing much changes as the rules that we impose to our way of producing, on a daily basis are much more
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La Dama: “No sex for insects in our vineyards”

For the past three years, in our vineyards, we have been monitoring the spread of moth with the method of MATING DISRUPTION. It needs to be said that moth is always in the vineyards however, if it spreads to too high levels, it can cause significant reductions in quality of the grape. This method of biological control is based on the release into the environment of synthetic sex pheromones (sexual pheromones are chemicals naturally released by insects to regulate the behaviors that allow them to approach and mate). These sex pheromones prevent male insects to track females and then mate.
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La Dama:”The Lady”

The name of our Winery, La Dama, has ancient origins that we wanted to remember on our labels. The old owners of the land, that we now cultivate with respect and love, were part of the Besi noble dynasty, from Venice. The Besi Earls, in Valpolicella, owned more than 50 hectares of land. We don’t know much about them but we know that the farmers who worked for them gave a name to each vineyard. In particular, La Dama is the name of the vineyard on which we have built our cellar. Here a few of the sketches made by
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