Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC “Campo Bastiglia” Ca’Rugate was vinified from a combination of dried and undried grapes. The undried grapes were destemmed and fermented immediately after the harvest. The dried grapes were allowed to dry gently in well-ventilated rooms for approximately four to five months, concentrating the flavours, sweetness and colour. The dried grapes were added later; they were fermented in stainless steel for one week, prior to being pressed at the end of December. Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC “Campo Bastiglia” Ca’Rugate was then transferred to small barrels to finish fermentation. It was then matured in wood for eight to 10 months.
This wine is named after Campo Bastiglia, where Ca’Rugate’s vineyard is located, nestled in the hills around Montecchia di Crosara. The fruit is sourced from a selection of the best grapes. The vines yield 90 quintals per hectare and are grown in a gravel and limestone soil. The harvest takes place manually during the last two weeks of September, when the grapes have reached optimum maturity.
The estate was renamed Ca’ Rugate in 1986, taking its name from the volcanic hills where the vineyards are located. The family business has been handed down through the generations of the Tessari family since the early 1900s. Now run by the fourth generation, Michele has brought with him a lively, passionate and entrepreneurial spirit. Considerable expansion has taken place in recent years with investment in a new technologically advanced cellar and expansion into the Valpolicella area with the purchase of vineyards in the hilly zone of Montecchia di Crosara. The estate now covers 90 hectares of vineyard. Ca’Rugate has been awarded the prestigious ‘Tre Bicchieri’ award rating from Gambero Rosso multiple times, making it one of the most awarded producers in the competition and has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the “Top Five producers of High-End Soave”.