Italy is full of delightful surprises and undiscovered treasures, and nowhere is this truer than in the domain of wine – the fruit of the vine. In Italy, one never knows where the next buried treasure lies or what pearls will emerge from the most unlikely of places. Consider La Cappuccina and the Tessari family's pure, flavorful, organically grown Madégo.
The Tessari family has been growing grapes at La Cappuccina, the site of an ancient chapel of Franciscan friars, for more than a century. The property takes its name from the small, recently restored 15th century chapel where Capuchin friars once worshipped. Today, the chapel is the property's most striking architectural feature and its silhouette appears on all of the winery's labels La Cappuccina is located at Costalunga di Monteforte d'Alpone in the heart of the Soave DOC and it presently comprises 54 acres of organically grown grapes and certified organic wines – a rarity in this neck of the woods. Even more compelling are the purity and quality of the wines produced by Pietro, Sisto, and Elena Tessari and their father Lorenzo. The Tessaris produce exemplary Soave and white Sauvignon as well as several traditional Veronese reds, the most intriguing of which is Madégo.
Madégo is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (15%), and Cabernet Franc (15%), a cepage or blend that would be right at home in Bordeaux. Interestingly, the Veneto has enjoyed a very long tradition of cultivating these varietals as well. Madégo is named for the single vineyard from which it comes. In the local Veronese dialect Madégo means the second cutting of alfalfa; it seems decades ago the Madégo vineyard was planted to this grass. In addition to Madégo, La Cappuccina produces small amounts of another interesting, traditional dry red wine called Campo Buri, which the Tessari family fashions primarily from Carmenère. Carmenère is an especially fine and flavorful grape variety that is thought to be a distant ancestor of Cabernet Franc. Centuries ago Carmenère once thrived in the Veneto as well as in Bordeaux but is now rarely seen except in Chile.
As if the production of two outstanding proprietary dry reds and first class organic Soave and Sauvignon are not discoveries enough, La Cappuccina further demonstrates its oenological prowess by crafting an array of delicious red and white dessert wines. Furthermore, the Tessaris are masterful at pairing their wines with various foods in beautiful settings. Pietro, Sisto, and Elena's brother Simone is chef/proprietor of the nearby Alpone restaurant, where the estate's wines are matched with innovative interpretations of traditional Veronese specialties. La Cappuccina is a feast for all of the senses. However, what makes La Cappucina so special is not only the quality and variety of its wines, but how a certified organic property of this stature could remain so long under the radar. However, thanks to the new generation at this estate, La Cappuccina, remains no longer a buried treasure but a brilliant newly discovered gem, which we are immensely delighted to share with our members.