Le Fraghe, organic estate in Cavaion Veronese in Verona province in the Veneto region of Italy. It produces Veneto Bianco white wines, and Bardolino DOC pink and red wines.

Owner | Matilde Poggi. She was born in 1962, the third of six children. She has three daughters of her own. Her first harvest was in 1984. Before then the grapes were sold to another winery. “Even as a young child I remember hearing the conversations about vines and wine, and I can recall those Octobers, when we went right from school to harvesting the grapes,” she says.

Staff | Oen (2013) Federico Giotto.

Vineyards | 28 hectares. Mainly Corvina in Cavaion Veronese and Affi, in the heart of the Bardolino production zone. Monte Baldo rises to the north, Lake Garda provides a uniquely Mediterranean climate, and the Valdadige conveys cool winds from the north. 5,000 vines/ha. Guyot for Corvina and Rondinella, cordon for Garganega, Cabernet and Merlot. 190 metres. South facing. Moraine.

Organic certification | 2012 First vintage with full organic certification.

White wines

Veneto Bianco, Camporengo Garganega | From the village of Camporengo in Cavaion Veronese. | 2012 Cool fermented (16-18 ºC). Very nice nose if a bit chalky, but goodish at Millésime Bio 2014.

Pink wines

Bardolino Chiaretto DOC, Ròdon | 2013 Corvina (80%) and Rondinella (20%), vinified separately. Bright fruit at Millésime Bio 2014.

Red wines

Bardolino DOC, Le Fraghe | 2012 Corvina and Rondinella, vinified separately. Bit of fizz, clean at Millésime Bio 2014. | 2014 ‘Trente Vendemmie’. L15296. Vino Biologico. 12%. Screwcap. Decent plump slightly thermo style tasted in Torrenieri over Xmas 2015. Survived in the fridge for several days and improved.

Bardolino Classico DOC, Brol Grande | 2013 L15170. Vino Biologico. 12.5%. Cork. Oak and primary hedgerow fruit, quite nice and rustic, simple, bit primary maybe but decent luncheon wine.

Quaiare Rosso | 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc. 24m in barrel.

Contact

Le Fraghe

Azienda Agricola Le Fraghe di Matilde Poggi

La Colombara, I-37010 Cavaion Veronese (VR = Verona), Italy

Tel+39 045.7236832 | www.fraghe.it