Interview with Stefano Freoni
Ours is a family business founded by our grandparents coming from Lazise. Our parents have moved to Pescantina, cultivating as sharecroppers, and in the sixties and seventies began to buy land and equipment to start their wine business and grape selling. In the nineties my brother and I started working in the family business and we deal with vine growing producing also vegetables and fruits, especially peaches and olives. How did you learn this job?
It all started from a family tradition handed down from generation to generation, but the decisive factor has been my passion for this world. Family history can give you a path to follow, but passion is important to fit and find your own space. As for me, I love every aspect of winemaking, despite all the difficulties to face.
When did you start giving your grapes to Farina?
It’s about ten years that we are providing them with the grapes of Valpolicella. We met Farina and immediately established a mutual relationship of respect and friendship. I decided to work with Farina because I found in the company the simplicity, intellectual honesty and transparency necessary to create a good relationship. Farina’s trump card is the very human relationship they have with all the people they work with. How is your working team composed?
Our working group is large enough, but we try to always have the same people. We have about twenty fixed employees, but in the most challenging moments and in the most specific and targeted work we involve other external collaborators that are supervised by our staff, as per the crushing and harvesting of the grapes in boxes. Over the years we have grown relating to the surface and also for a different type of production, but we always try to keep our team united. Even for us, as well as Farina, people make the difference! Any forecast on the next harvest?
If the hill areas will be more prone to problems caused by the drought, we may experience a harvest somewhat "poor", on the contrary, if there are all the appropriate weather conditions, it will be a good year, similar to 2015 .