Six hectares in a single body: 18 terraces dedicated to vines and olive trees, supported by the traditional dry stone walls of Valpolicella. Framed by forest and sloping toward the plain, here are the vineyards of Eleva, in Conca d’Oro, in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella.

To the north, the Lessini Mountains offer a bulwark that protects against the coldest winds, while to the southwest the mild temperatures of Lake Garda help create an ideal microclimate for growing vines and olive trees. As early as the early 19th century, the locality was known by the name La Palà, in some mappings. This is a dialect term for the past vintners’ custom of supporting the newly planted rootstock with an earthen palà.

In this corner of Valpolicella, soils i are predominantly silty-clayey, red and brown on marl and limestone debris. The agrarian soil layer is not very thick and below it is a series of sedimentary rocks: yellowish-white limestones and calcarenites, thickly stratified pinkish marly limestones, and compact reddish-white limestones. This set of rocks, typical of Valpolicella, is a winning factor in its viticulture: in fact, rainwater, filtering into the lower layers of the soil, comes to corrode the limestone of the subsoil, while at the same time yielding moisture, microorganisms and freshness to the roots of the plants. In this way, the vines better withstand any summer droughts, reaching maturity in the best conditions.

The organically managed vineyards are trained, low guyot and not very expansive. Density is 4200 vines per hectare with a 250 cm row spacing and 100 cm row spacing. The low bud load ensures excellent leaf exposure. Production ranges between 0.8 and 1.7kg of grapes per vine. Yields per hectare are therefore very low.

The grape varieties
The grape varieties grown on the estate are those typical of the area: Corvina veronese and Corvinone are the most present, accounting for 60 percent of the vines. They are followed by Rondinella (25%) and a group of other non-aromatic red grapes: Croatina, Teroldego, Oseleta and Merlot (15%). The average age of the vines ranges from 10 years (for Merlot and Teroldego) to 15 years (for all others).

The olive trees
that share with the vines this beautiful corner of Valpolicella are of the typical varieties of this part of the province of Verona: Frantoio, Leccino, Grignano, Moraiolo and Favarol. Their olives, harvested in November, yield a fragrant and tasty but light oil, the perfect condiment for the best-known dishes of Veronese gastronomic tradition.


Eleva is a company with a somewhat peculiar history, right from the name it has given itself.

Why “Eleva?” Because right from the start it was intended to give an idea of this reality: Eleva is a winery that is located in a “high” position, in the hills, at almost 300 m/slm.
Moreover, “elevate” is a term that in oenology means to refine, particularly in wood; a practice that is generally applied to the most valuable wines, which precisely are for the company the Amarone della Valpolicella and the Valpolicella Ripasso.

“Fralibri” Valpolicella Classico DOC: There is an allusion to the personal history of Raffaella Veroli and Davide Gaeta in the name chosen for the everyday fine wine. Neither of them in fact comes from winemaking families; their approach to the world of wine is scientific, rather than empirical or by family tradition. Theirs therefore is a wine born “between the books”: from the study and effort to understand agronomic and oenological phenomena in order to learn how to manage them.

“Piovesole” Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC: “It feels like being

far away, in a different country, and the hill is no longer a hill, even the

sky is clearer, like when it’s sunny and rainy together, but the

countryside they work it and fan the grapes like we do.” The name of Amarone della Valpolicella comes from this passage from Cesare Pavese’s short story “The Sea.” It is a name meant to allude both to the estate’s condition of special suitability and to the fact that any grape – and the one destined for drying wines is no exception – needs sun and rain to ripen.

“Tenzone” Valpolicella Ripasso DOC: The management of the Eleva estate is not exempt from confrontation and discussion. The decision whether or not to produce Valpolicella Ripasso, for example, has been debated at length, in an intellectual “duel” between two ways of understanding wine, until the final decision was made to put this type of product alongside Amarone.

“Tome XIV” Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOC: The estate’s vineyards are characterized by a series of terraces, 14 to be precise. And the grapes from which Recioto is made come from the very last terrace. So also this “volume” (tome) goes to fit together with the other labels, in an

ideal library of wines published by Eleva.