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  • Writer's pictureStefania Gioia

Benazzoli: the Wine Made by Ladies

Updated: Mar 12, 2018

This week we’ll guide you east of Garda Lake, in the charming area of Bardolino, where, thanks to the lake proximity, a Mediterranean climate facilitates olive groves and vineyards cultivations. Right in the heart of this charming landscape, two young sisters decided to maintain their family’s winemaking tradition. With an eye to the male ancestors, who taught them how to farm the land, Claudia and Giulia focused on succeeding in a world that’s predominantly marked by masculine workforce. And actually made it, designing their own company brand under the name of Benazzoli.

The two sisters, who studied enology and agricultural, initially had to deal with the locals’ natural distrust towards female winemakers. Despite the odds, they were able to grow the production from 5.000 to 50.000 bottles in a few years, selling overseas and creating four beautiful labels inspired by women. As they like to remind, “these wines are not done for ladies, but by ladies” and they speak a female language: the same used by mothers and grandmothers to patiently feed and grow their children.

As a matter of fact, each of these wines describes a nuance of the feminine character, that can be strong, passionate, gentle and sensual. Every label is painted in a dreamy style with an imaginary woman face, whose personality is strongly connected to the wine’s organoleptic profile. Dafne, joyful and determined, is a Bardolino Doc; Agata, charming and independent, is a Pinot Grigio Veneto Igt, Giava, who’s mother and wife, is a Rosso di Verona Igt and finally Tecla, who’s still discovering the world, is a Bardolino Chiaretto Doc.

The estate’s vineyards cover about 28 hectares where two of the main indigenous vines, Corvina and Rondinella, are grown and turned into the typical blend of Benazzoli’s Bardolino, Chiaretto and Chiaretto Spumante Brut (not surprisingly called Femme Fatale!). The company, producing also Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore and Amarone Classico from a few hectares in Valpolicella, owns a modern wine shop in the countryside, close to the small village of Pastrengo, where the sisters host various events and large wine tastings.

Have a Glass in Venice is happy to include the winery into its Valpolicella wine region tour!

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