Jan 19, 2018
As I'm heading back to fair Verona next week, the city is forefront on my mind.
Last year, I had the opportunity to stay in the most charming suite, only moments away from the Arena and Piazza Bra, and the well-trod shopping street of Via Mazzini. Thumbs up to that.
Massimago Suites are housed in a historic family residence on Stradone San Ferme, which has been completely refurbished in the most modern yet charming way.
Light coloured wood, soft, well-placed lighting, and natural fabrics make Massiago Suites a true oasis; far more intimate and warm than most hotels.
Plus, the walk in showers and contemporary bath facilities, will have you dreaming of renovating your own.
There are four suites for rent, and a sitting room where you can sip
Massimago's own Valpolicella wines, while delving into gourmet snacks.
As for those wines, that particular property is located in the countryside, in Mezzane.
The family's viticulture history began in the late 1800s with the Cracco family.
Winemaking only returned in recent years, re-imagined under Camilla Rossi Chauvenet (Rossi Chauvenet's mother is a Cracco), who is one of the most lovely people I've ever met.
She is a philosopher of sorts and makes pristine and honest, sustainable and organic wines.
The name Massimago hails from Latin, and means, maximum benefit, a nod to Rossi Chauvenet's vison.
Her traditional Valpolicella reds and Amarone are supplemented with utterly delightful white Garganega and bubbly wines; the sparkling Mago Corvina is a favourite of mine, as is the fizzy and racy Zurlie, an adorable quaffer under crown cap.
These wines differ from what many of us have come to expect from Valpolicella, and yet they are precisely what you need to experience--to see the scope of that the region is capable of.
I've no doubt I'll be tasting these wines again next week, among hundreds of others.
I greatly look forward to the revisit; a return to the city, the region and of course, the wines.
~Daenna Van Mulligen