Azienda Agricola Cavalchina

It is on the southeast border of the Garda amphitheatre dating from the end of the Ice Age. This area has long been recognised as a vine growing district, indeed in 1848 the land was registered and classified by the ruling Hapsburg authorities in the first and second quality categories.

This was based not only on quality but also on consistency of good production, essentially due to the capacity of the soil to stay moist in hot seasons. La Cavalchina fu teatro di battaglie nel corso della I e II guerra di indipendenza; a testimonianza della battaglia del 1866 rimane un obelisco di ardesia marrone che ricorda il ferimento del principe Amedeo di Savoia.

The Cavalchina district was the site of both first and second War of Independency during the Risorgimento. The memorial basilisk to the 1866 battle is at the entrance to Cavalchina's estate; it commemorates, in particular, the Prince Amedeo di Savoia wounded at the battle.

The Azienda Agricola Cavalchina was created in the early 1900s with the purchase of the first vineyards. Later the cellar was built and originally included a distillery, which was in use until 1967. By the 1960s the Piona family felt that the white wines of Custoza deserved better recognition than simply being labelled as Soave. From 1962 they were the first producers to label their white wines made from Fernanda, Trebbiano and Garganega with the Custoza name and to promote the name in key markets around Italy such as Rome and Milan.

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Azienda Agricola 'COS' Maldafrica 2014
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92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Black olive, mature blackberry, tilled soil and a hint of game are some of the aromas you’ll find on this earthy, alluring wine. The fresh, savory palate offers crushed cherry, blackberry, ground pepper, clove anise and a hint of leather alongside fresh acidity and velvety

Azienda Agricola 'COS' Maldafrica 2012
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Black olive, mature blackberry, tilled soil and a hint of game are some of the aromas you’ll find on this earthy, alluring wine. The fresh, savory palate offers crushed cherry, blackberry, ground pepper, clove anise and a hint of leather alongside fresh acidity and velvety

Azienda Agricola 'COS' Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2011
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Subtle, Savory base notes of herb and fresh porcino underscore flavors of creamed cherry, damson plum and black licorice drop in this harmonious red that layers supple tannins and light acidity. Spiced finish." ~A.N.  " The Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a deep ruby red color. It has

Azienda Agricola 'COS' Maldafrica 2010
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "The 2010 Maldafrica is the single wine that left the longest lasting impression on me following my grand tasting of Sicilian wine in February 2014. The blend is 50-50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and the wine ages in oak for 12 months. It’s hard to know where to start because

Azienda Agricola 'COS' Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 WS TOP 100 2013 Rank 50 "Complex layers of salumi, forest floor, and spice box lead off in this medium-bodied red, as firm tannins settle around the pure cherry and currant fruit. Needs time in the cellar, but the long, minerally finish shows potential." ~ NW  International