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.