Located in the Valpolicella Classico sub-region of Veneto, La Dama’s vineyards stretch across the areas of Negrar and Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella. Owned and operated by Gabriele Dalcanale and his wife, ‘la dama’ (the lady) Miriam, their vine growing and winemaking approach is about doing things as naturally as possible. From the 2015 vintage onwards, all the La Dama wines will be certified organic.
Gabriele explains their vine growing and winemaking approach: “The selection of the right grapes for the drying and production of our Amarone and Recioto is so important to achieve the excellence we strive for. Everything has to be done in the most virtuous way, using only natural products, from the vineyard to the cellar.” Made from native grapes, the wines offer a true expression of the land. Grapes are hand picked, with each variety bringing something different to the wines.
Meet their vineyards:
The youngest vineyard. At nine years old, it takes its name from the Counts Besi (former owners of the land) and grows the grapes for the production of Valpolicella Classico.
The 15 year old namesake vineyard, next to which the winery was built. This is where the grapes for the production of Valpolicella Classico Superiore grow.
The name comes from the big sun-protecting walnut trees. It is a vineyard of 35 years of age, mainly growing Molinara grapes.
Characterised by the presence of cherry trees, this 37 year old vineyard can produce fruit of remarkable structure.
The oldest of the vineyards, La Dama focus on preserving its quality and longevity wholeheartedly.