Massimago is owned by the talented and imaginative Camilla Rossi-Chauvenet, who has been running the winery first founded in 1883, since 2003. Her vision is all about elegant and modern Valpolicella wines that express a deep connection to their territory and a one-of-a-kind personality.
For four generations, the Massimago estate was the countryside residence of Camilla’s family. It was a fully working winery, but they did not bottle their own, selling the grapes produced instead. Their connection to the property, surrounding territory, and their commitment to preserving its rich traditions have remained unwavering over time, inspiring Camilla even as a young child visiting the estate. As soon as she came on board, she completely transformed the winery with a young and dynamic vision, focused on crafting the highest quality organic wines, sustainably, investing in the local knowledge and technology as well. Her goal today is to tell the story of Valpolicella and all of its intricacies, but from her point of view. As a result, the historic wines of the area – Amarone, Ripasso and Valpolicella – feature a brilliant and contemporary style, with great drinkability, versatility, balance, structure, and perfume. The winery also doesn’t take itself too seriously – as seen in the ironic artwork on the charming labels.
The name Massimago comes from the hill where the estate is located, whose ancient name was Maximum Agium, which means maximum wellness, speaking to the sheer beauty of the area.
Massimago is located in Mezzane di Sotto, just 30 km from the picturesque city of Verona. The organically cultivated vineyards (certified since 2014 though no synthetic materials have been used since 2008) are located 328-1,312 feet (100-400 meters) above sea level and face southwest. They are at least 25 years old and grow in limestone and clay soils. As the winery boasts a fully artisanal work ethic, everything is done by hand and production is limited. It is largely self-sustainable, even equipped with recycled solar panels. The land extends 33 hectares and the 16 hectares of vineyards are surrounded in olive trees, forests, and at least two water ways that contribute to the farm’s biodiversity. Because of the unique nature of the terroir, especially the calcareous soils, one can expect good acidity but not overbearing extract.