From Verona looking North beyond the red bricks of the crenelated walls of Castel Vecchia, you will find our winery ‘Corte Merci’ amongst the greenery facing our vines. At our place here, you can live relaxing and tasteful moments, as we are located in a tranquil and panoramic setting. We are the heart of Valpolicella, in the hills of Jago de Negrar, 20km from the historical city of Verona.
From our outside terrace, you can admire the soft altitudes of the valleys which welcome the city of Romeo and Juliet, and on the clearest days, it’s easy to surprise oneself by recognizing the Appenines and admiring beautiful Italy even from here.
The Merci family has always been a family of wine growers and through generations, handed down the courage and determination to develop new ideas to enhance the wellbeing of people.
We find it difficult to talk about the brand name because Merci does not only represent a surname, it is a family with a story which started thanks to our ancestors, carried out by our parents and followed on by us brothers. We grew up and crossed the sector until we reached commercialization and the final direct sale.
The Winery has recently been constituted and is made up of modern systems. It is on two floors, with specific spaces dedicated to each production phase.
Everything that is picked that goes into the winery, passes through our hands, that is to say, we follow the hand harvest method just as tradition taught us to do. During the entire wine year we carry out manual pruning on the vines and bunches of grapes in order to improve the quality of the grapes which have been produced to obtain a better quality of wine each year that passes.
Ground floorOn the ground floor you will find the machinery for the collection and pressing of the grapes. This is where we follow the fermentation phase which takes place in the stainless steel tanks which have a controlled temperature system.
CellarThe cellar is structured in such a way that facilitates the process, storage and aging of the wine in a facility which is appropriate for the production of fine wines. It maintains a constant temperature which registers even the smallest change in temperature outside. Here you will find the stainless steel barrels for the first aging of the wine, and the medium wooden barrels for the second aging of the Amarone and the Ripasso depending on the time needed.
Rooms for drying grapesWe have dedicated rooms for drying grapes and zones equipped with machines to bottle the wine and label the bottles.
We carry out the grape picking in two phases: