Fasoli Gino Orgno


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A rare Veronese aged Merlot made from vines planted in 1978.

Something very rare indeed. Made from Merlot that was originally planted on Fasoli Gino’s ‘Orgno’ vineyard/plot back in 1978. They discovered Merlot would grow well on their land and waited for years before releasing Orgno on the market until it reached the quality levels they demand. The old vine Merlot grapes are hand harvested and left to dry for 3 months for greater concentration of aromas and flavous. The wine is then fermented in French oak barrels for three years, followed by further bottle aging (this is a 2009 vintage). This exclusive velvety wine has a ruby red color with notes of ripe red fruits and hints of leather, truffles and liquorice. The tannins express themselves richly on the palate with great balance. The owner Natlino (in the video below) recommends enjoying Orgno at the end of nice meal or alongside red meats or stronger cheeses, and using a larger glass to experience this wine’s superb concentrated aromas. See also this wine’s vinous sibling Calle.



Rich and powerful, Weighty black fruits


Ripe red fruits and hints of leather, Truffles and liquorice

Located in the Soave, Valpolicella and Amarone region of Verona, Italy, Fasoli Gino was founded back in 1925 by Amadio Fasoli. It was then a fruit and vegetable farm that made some wine for local Veronese bars. Fasoli Gino turned to organic viticulture in 1980 and since 1984 all of their land has been farmed organically. Since 2006 the family have also been practising Demeter-certified biodynamics. The business is currently headed by Matteo Fasoli, the third generation to hold the reins here. They continue to apply know-how passed down over generations alongside modern techniques to ensure we produce consistently high-quality wines. Today they use this organic-biodynamic approach as it restores the balance that already exists in nature. By reinforcing the plants and revitalising the soils it encourages the biodiversity the vines need. The Fasoli family are committed to treating their land with the utmost care to ensure its health for future generations. The nature of the land (partly clay and partly a mix of stones and sand), and the favourable microclimate (the wide and sunny valley, protected from the north by the Lessini mountains) make the area particularly suitable for vine growing. Currently the estate cultivates 14 hectares of vineyards divided into seven parts, with the type of land varying from one plot to another. Some of their wines are named after plots they come from, such as Orgno and Calle. The type of land in each plot has helped determine which varieties should be planted. In the clay soil there are 30–40-year-old Garganega vines, traditionally used for Soave wine. Where the soil is stony and sandy, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir have been planted. This estate is known for its fantastic organic Soave, Valpolicella, Merlot and Amarone wines.


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