An estate with a long history in the heart of the Valpolicella, which once belonged to the best known of the noble Veronese families, the marquises Maffei, lends its name to a selection of wines from the Cottini family vineyard. Noble and austere in character, these are wines aimed at the sophisticated connoisseur.
Right from the days of the Maffeis, the splendid 45-hectare piece of land that is home to the estate - composed of whitish, limestone soil with a substratum rich in clay - has proved both fertile and ideally situated for the production of fine-quality, classy wines.
When the Cottini family – makers of fine wines since the early 20th century – decided to purchase the estate, they took upon themselves the responsibility for carrying forward the wine-making tradition of the marquises Maffei and for exporting it worldwide, together with a small slice of the history that has shaped the magnificent city of Verona.
The name “Maffei” is undoubtedly one of the most important in the city’s history. The marquises Maffei, who belonged to the most important of the Veronese noble houses after the “Della Scala” family, are best remembered for their illustrious son Scipione Maffei (1675-1755), a historian, playwright and learned writer, an eclectic academic who was one of the leading enlightened Catholic intellectuals.
“Taler Graff” – literally, “Counts of the Valley” – was the title the native Cimbran countryfolk once used to refer to the noble marquises of Verona, who ruled over the whole valley; hence the name “Conte di Valle” the Cottini family chose to give the finest wine in their ranges, in memory of those humble, industrious workers who have always served their masters so faithfully.
Valpolicella DOC Palazzo Maffei, the youngest wine in the Palazzo Maffei collection, is a classic able to satisfy the demands of all kinds of connoisseurs.
It originates from the noble lands of a centuries-old estate that lies east of Verona and once belonged to the marquises Maffei.
Today it is the property of the Cottini family, who carefully select the grapes in the vineyard, scrupulously following a quality control procedure based on low yield and respect for the natural qualities of the product.
After harvesting, the grapes are swiftly fermented so they are able to become a fresh wine with characteristic cherry aromas in harmony with all the taste components of the variety. Valpolicella Palazzo Maffei is very much one of a kind, a wine able to make any occasion truly unforgettable.
Wine of the Week - Irish Independent "Perfumed with raisin-rich fruit. Delicious concentrated flavours of morello cherries and raisins refreshed by mouthwatering acidity. Enjoy with pan fried duck breast." - Liam Campbell, 14 March 2015