Paolo, Giuseppe and Renzo Tezza
Paolo, Giuseppe, and Renzo Tezza
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
Guyot and Sloping Verona Pergola
For three generations, the Tezza family have been dedicated winegrowers. Grandparents Giovanni and Virginia launched the family vineyard operation in 1960, and their children, Paolo, Giuseppe, and Renzo carried the family into winemaking. From 1998 on, the Tezza winery has been owned by cousins Flavio, Vanio, and Federico. The Azienda Agricola Tezza is an example of a perfectly-integrated wine producer, with total control over vineyard planting, care of the vines, the winemaking process, and sales and marketing. This ensures immediate and complete traceability of every bottle sold, since all of the grapes used are from the family’s estate vineyards. The naturalness of the wines is likewise guaranteed, since the owners perform every step in their production. The Valpantena, a valley that lies in a niche between Lake Garda and the arc of the Alps, forms the link between the city of Verona and the Lessina mountains. Its fortunate location gives the Valpantena a uniquely temperate climate that suits it for plants that are more typical of Mediterranean climates, such as grapevines, olive trees, and cypress. According to the historian Caliari, its name means “Valley of all of the gods,” an explanation accredited by the presence of an underground Roman temple still visible today, the Pantheon di Santa Maria in Stelle. Once fissured by glaciers, the Valpantena today boasts limestone-derived soils, extremely favourable for vine-growing. The production centre of the winery, located in Poiano, comprises the drying loft, and the winemaking and bottling cellar.