Interview with Rinaldo Fedrigo
Why did you choose Farina?
The relationship with Farina lasts for many years now. My father was a great friend of Claudio and Elena’s grandfather, who already produced wine. From this friendship, twenty years ago, began the collaboration as suppliers of grapes.
What is the earliest memory of the countryside you have?
Honestly it is a little “unpleasant”. Years ago, when you had to
do the treatments with chemicals by hand, there was still the pump and
it was up to me to use it more, as elder brother. It was a hard work for
me, and I hated that job! Today, fortunately, everything changed, even
my love for the countryside.
What is the biggest lesson that you have received from your father?
He taught us everything. I still remember how my father
carefully placed the bunches of grapes after they had been cut from the
plant. He brought the grapes into the barn with the pulley and used to
put it down gently in a particular way. When there was any place
available, the bunches were hung with a string. It was a spectacular
Who takes care of the vineyard today?
Marco, my younger brother, manages the vineyard and takes care
of the countryside, although it is not his main job. At least a couple
of hours per day, after he finishes working, he goes to dirty his shoes
in the vineyard. It's a real passion for him.
How do you work your vines?
We are very caring to nature, that’s why we avoid pesticides. I
think we were the first to adopt this technique in Valpolicella, we
minimize the use of plant protection products and to fight the moth, we
use the technique of mating disruption.
From one of your vineyards came the name of Amarone "Montefante" ...
15 years ago Farina asked us for an advice on the name to be
given to the Amarone that was born from our grapes. We remembered that
my aunt had always called Montefante the area where our vineyards were,
in Castelrotto. So that name has become a symbol of Farina Amarone. It’s
such a pride to see an Amarone with this name!
How would you define your family?
I'm more superficial and impatient than my brother Marco, but we are all lovers of viticulture and nature in general.
How was the last harvest in 2015?
It was a good harvest in quality and quantity. We are the ones
to harvest, because we want to keep the tradition and do it in a certain
way, as our father taught us. He taught us to pick the grapes fully
mature and with no green berry, and then lay it carefully in the cases,
giving due respect to nature.
I borrow a phrase from the sports world, for I am a fan of
tamburello, like my brother Mario, a former player and coach like me.
"The important thing is to participate", but I also add "Remember that
when we win, we feel much better!” And with Farina and Montefante we
If you were to send a message to Farina, what would you say?
First of all I’d thank them, because with them it is like being in a big family.
- - Interview with Rinaldo Fedrigo