Balance between preservation and innovation
Wine, hospitality and the highest appreciation for the potential of the area: these are the foundations that allowed Massimo Gianolli, an entrepreneur from the world of finance with solid roots in Valpantena, to establish La Collina dei Ciliegi in 2010. It is a dream that goes back a long way: Massimo's father, Armando Gianolli, was raised by a wet nurse in 1925 in a district close to Erbin - where the company is based - and, although his studies and career took him to Milan, he always maintained a relationship with the Veronese village. The first land acquisitions date back to the 1970s, when the family's first farm was created, later converted by Massimo into a wine-growing and accommodation business.
The estate stretches over 58 hectares - 33 of which are organically cultivated vineyards - between 450 and 700 metres above sea level; 11 labels are currently on the market, divided into two collections (Classica and Vini del Duomo) from Amarone "Ciliegio" to Valpolicella Superiore "Formiga", from Ripasso Superiore "Maciòn" to Recioto, and from Garganega "Ca' del Moro" to Corvina "Camponi" and Brut.
The balance between preservation and innovation is also reflected in the experience of Ca' del Moro Wine Retreat, the hotellerie proposal designed by La Collina dei Ciliegi, completely inspired by slow tourism. Born from the restoration of old stables and the barn of the Cimbrian village of Erbin, the structure perfectly combines rusticity, comfort and modernity in a minimalist luxury that blends with the surrounding nature.
The resort has a restaurant that reinterprets traditional dishes in a contemporary and gourmet style, and offers a range of activities and experiences such as tastings, cooking classes and show cooking, as well as excursions, horseback riding among the vineyards, and e-bike and helicopter tours. At the heart of the company's entrepreneurial vision is the appreciation of its roots and its territory, which is also expressed in its solid commitment to projects with social aims, such as the creation of the Vini del Duomo in collaboration with the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo (the Rosso IGT Verona and the Spumante Brut), the sales of which contribute to the restoration of the Milanese cathedral.