Valentina Cubi

Valpolicella, Italy


“Great wines do not originate in wineries, but in Vineyards. This is the core concept of winemaking at Valentina Cubi.”

Our wines boast their own characters and bear their own names, dedicated to the Valpolicella territories and history.

ILTABARRO, the Valpolicella Superiore, is produced selecting the best Valpolicella wine in our winery. This extremely versatile wine successfully combines fresh, fruity and soft oak notes. It was refined in wooden barrels for one year.

ARUSNATICO, the Ripasso, a textured wine which is also greatly fresh and fruity. According to tradition, it is produced from the second fermentation of the Valpolicella Superiore over the pomace of the Amarone. It features a brilliant colour, is clean on the nose, and boasts an extreme elegance on the palate.

MORAR, the Amarone, is obtained from the withering of the Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes for at least 90 days. After three years of refinement in wooden barrels and several years in bottles, the MORAR, the Amarone, is sold only when it is ready to be an authentic emotional experience. Our Amarone boasts a dry and refined style, is balanced on the nose, and round on the palate.

The Vineyards

Vineyards are the most valuable assets of the Valentina Cubi Estate. Predominantly planted to the ancient local varieties Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, and the very rare Negrara. Although all play their part in the blend that is Valpolicella, the first three undoubtedly put their biggest stamp on the wines.


Casterna – the 1ha Casterna vineyard, replanted in 1997, forms the back garden of the winery. At 170m it is the lowest part of the estate, and planted with Corvina, Rondinella and Corvinone, all guyot trained. It was one of Valentina Cubi’s first vineyards in which experiments with organic preparations were trialled. The space between the rows are permanently planted with cover crops to improve the soil’s aeration, stimulate the growth of bio organisms and attract insects which are the natural predators of most common vine diseases.

The soils are of ancient, alluvial origin and with a high calcareous clay content interspersed with gravel and sand, resulting in perfumed, fruit driven wines.

Monte Tenda – this Cru is situated on top of a hill and benefits from the cool breezes coming from lake Garda, which is only 4 km away. The oldest part of the vineyard was planted in the 1970s with Rondinella, while Corvina was planted around 2000.
Both are pergola trained – once considered unsuitable for quality grape growing. However, with the progress of climate change it has proved to cope much better with irregular and hot weather patterns than guyot trained vines, and has been found capable of producing high quality grapes.

The soils of Monte Tenda are exceptionally rich in limestone and with a high rock content, interspersed with sand. This soil type produces wines typified by freshness and elegance with minerally notes and a fine tannic core.

Monte Crosetta – this Cru’s soil structure is very similar to that of Monte Tenda. Situated at 260m, its soils consist of a high rock and limestone content. Planted around 2000 to Corvina, it was one of the last vineyards with vines trained on pergola, before this system was outlawed for new plantings.
But pergola, in combination with low yielding old vines, can cope much better with the possible effects of climate change, and is much more adaptable to the vine’s needs than wire trained vineyards. The horizontal canopy offers shade, while the free hanging bunches are continuously ventilated by the breezes coming from Lake Garda.

Rasso – the vineyard is situated at 290m, an altitude which guarantees permanent air movement. The first Corvina vines were planted in the mid nineties to pergola, while later plantings were trained to guyot. The soils are rich in limestone and calcareous gravel.