The original recipe from the early 19th century for Contratto Vermouth is based on a combination of white wine fortified with Italian brandy and more than 50 deli-cately infused premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds. This traditional process is again used to create a sophisticated elixir and a complex and well balanced boutique aperitif that will make any Vermouth based cocktail an exceptional experience.
|Graziano Pra has dedicated his life to tending for vines on the ancient black soils of Monteforte d’Alpone. Having harvested the fruits of his father’s work, he gives wine lovers one of the most interesting garganega wines available.
Uncompromising in his search for quality and in the way he interprets the prestigious soils with which he works, his wines all have finesse and elegance with a distinct presence of minerals.
Born as a creator of outstanding white wines, he took on the challenge of La Morandina, an organically farmed vineyard on the higher slopes of the valley of Mezzane that produces authentic and intense wines. Graziano Pra has been managing the winery since the beginning of the 1980s, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
He has brought international fame to small wine producing areas such as Colle Sant’Antonio, il Monte Grande and La Morandina, small prestigious cru in quality wine-producing regions.
The approach to his work is based on being true to the land. Graziano’s wines are pure expressions of the land and the grapes. He loves the vine plant and tends to it with great modesty and attention. In the winery, he prefers to keep the fruitiness in his wines and all his research and innovation is based around how to express the outstanding quality of the grapes that arrive from the vineyards to the full.
The implementation of organic agriculture for the wines of the Valpolicella was for him an act of love towards a land which was untouched and uncontaminated and from which the vines steadily rise from the ancient marl fossils.