her coworkers. The name of the winery is from the Latin "Maximum Agium", maximum wellness. It has belonged to the family since 1883 as a country house, but it has been completely reset in 2003 as an innovative winery, when Camilla decided to devote herself to the wine world. In 2004 she produced her first 1000 bottles. Nowadays, Massimago also is a relaxing place where you spend your holiday time or having a wine picnic in the vineyards.

Massimago is a young wine company run by young people - the average age is less than 35 -but Camilla is the true heart and the brain of the winery. As she says, "we have never been aware of the actual economic potential of our Company but suddenly, starting from a warm country house, Massimago is becoming an artist's studio, a creative workshop, my real workroom for my thoughts. It is also strange to me to call it a Company!". Her goal is "to stay close to the land we own, and promote it in the most eco-friendly way we can. And, of course, sharing our love for the wine! "Innovation and sharing" is my motto, because wine is sharing ideas, projects, dreams, emotions, not only a winemaking style".  www.massimago.com

San Mattia

High above the city of Verona, with stunning views, San Mattia is like no other agriturismo in the Valpolicella region. It is not just a vineyard, but a working farm with chickens, ducks and horses, olive groves, vegetables and fruit trees. The enthusiastic 26-year-old owner, Giovanni Ederle, took over his family's vast greenhouse and radically transformed it into a 14-room B&B, with an open-plan dining room, lounge and games area, and quiet salon for tasting his wines. Whenever possible, everything is prepared here, including the freshly laid eggs at breakfast, and the creative chef proposes a five-course menu showcasing his slow-cooked, vacuum-sealed cuisine, which even includes vegetarian dishes. But Giovanni's great passion is Valpolicella, which started with a first vintage in 2008 of what he admits was a "garage wine" and is now overseen by talented young oenologist Silvia Baratella.  www.agriturismosanmattia.it 

Le Marognole

Le Marognole, a lovely property high up in the hills in Marano di Valpolicella, with 6 hectares of pergola-trained vines.

The winery name embodies the essence of the surrounding area -- Marognole, its birthplace -- and originates from the name of the typical walls of stones in this land that terrace the hillsides. In the local dialect they are “MAROGNE”!

The winery founded in 2004 is situated on the site of an old monastery. The owner and winemaker Fabio Corsi combined his passion with a well-defined mental image of world-class Valpolicella wines, and began producing wine under his own label. Today, Fabio personally oversees all aspects of the winery operation with the assistance of his family. www.lemarognole.it