A brief tour in the territory of Val d’Illasi while talking about Amarone
Val d’Illasi – in ancient times called Valsecca because of the scarcity of rainfall, is in the province of Verona and the Veneto region except for the northern part which reaches the Carega Dolomites in Trentino Alto Adige. The landscape is varied: plains, mountains, low and medium hills, crossed by the Progno with a dry or almost dry bed that runs through seven municipalities.
Over the centuries the valley has had many different names: Val di Tregnago, Valle del Progno, Val Longazeria or Logazeria . It was called Valle d’Illasi for the first time in the mid 18th century in a “Map of the Veronese territory” compiled by Don Gregorio Piccoli.
The climate, which Carlo (a concrete, resolute and impatient man) relies on, has always been temperate. Rainfall comes in the Fall and Spring and it is during these seasons that the Progno fills with water, just as it has done for centuries, causing hardships to nearby residents.
It is thanks to this climate, as valuable as the environmental and landscape qualities of the site, that one of the best Amarone wines is made, Ferragù Estate Winery Amarone with a garnet red color (or, as some critics would write, an impenetrable purple ): a significant product of Val d’Illasi. Ferragù Estate Winery Amarone should be tasted with composure, extremely slowly, sip after sip.