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Ancient Dryer of Valpolicella grapes

Bedrooms 2
Space 110 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cà Dei Merli is an old drier for the Amarone della Vapolicella grapes, finely restored in 2014, immersed in the tranquility of the valley, a point of conjunction between the city of Verona, Lake Garda and Lessinia.

Situated behind Fumane at the foot of Mount Rivoli under the spectacular and Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette who is a fantastic panoramic balcony over the vineyards of Valpolicella, is the ideal place to regain energy.

Its particular position makes it suitable for both a relaxing holiday and a cultural tourist, thanks to the convenience with which you can reach the main tourist destinations of the Veneto region, such as Verona, Lake Garda, Venice, Treviso and Trentino.

For lovers of walking and cycling there are paths surrounded by greenery.

For lovers of good food and good wine there are many wine tasting tours with wine tastings; Owners love their territory offer to suggest tasting trails.

The house consists of a main area where the owners live and a separate area reserved for guests.

The old drying room has two four-seater rooms, one with a double bed and a bunk bed; the other one with two double beds.

There is also a fully equipped kitchen with oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and a wood stove to cook in a way typical of this area.

The rooms have air conditioning, TV, are equipped with central heating and free internet.

The apartment has access to a laundry room with washing machine and storage for DHW from 400l to ensure a constant flow of hot water.

And 'this, incoming, a comfortable and lovely sitting room to read, work or write.

It is possible to have a number of external parking spaces available on the property, which is accessed via a motorized gate.

The property also has an outdoor park with a swimming pool above 7.5X3.5 and is equipped with sun lounger and barbecue, parasol, table and chairs to eat.

The country of Fumane is located a few kilometers from one of the best hospitals in the province of Verona, the hospital of Negrar, 20 minutes.

Leisure activities: in the area there are two riding stables, different paths and trails for mountain biking or for walkers.

In the village there are several restaurants and farms.

For those who love good wine since we are in the center of historical Valpolicella there are a hundred wineries offering tastings and tours.

Places to visit: Verona can be reached in 25 minutes as well as Lake Garda and its theme parks such as Gardaland and Il Caneva World, in 20 minutes you can also reach the Pastrengo safari zoo and in 10 minutes you can spend an afternoon of relaxation at the Aquardens Thermal Baths, which are the largest in Europe.

In about twenty minutes you reach the Verona airport.

For lovers of the mountain in an hour and a half you can be in the Dolomites.

At 10 minutes from the property, there are also the famous waterfalls of Molina, which attract more than 80 000 tourists. The special feature of this area is the abundance of water, thanks to the existence of perennial springs placed north of the town of Molina. The park in addition to the sparkling waterfalls, offers visitors a landscape marked by woods and meadows, interrupted frequently by streams and rivers of water that combine the sweetness of the green, in the infinite variety of vegetation, the gray of the rocky outcrops.

E 'in the Park ritrovabile a summary of the landscape of low mountains, where paths and trails offer visitors the serene solemnity of a waterfall bubbling, now the expanse of multicolored flowers between a forest and a cliff, now inhabited by the gorge a swirling stream.

Also nice to see there is also the Tibetan Bridge, classical engineering work suspended ropes between opposite banks, is the first implementation of its kind in Veneto and even among the rarities in our country, and connects the road system of Marano di Valpolicella with that Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo.

Then there is also the nearby Caves Fumane testifying to the continued presence of the Neanderthal man and then Homo sapiens sapiens from about 80 thousand to 25 thousand years ago. Finally, but not less interesting, the Bridge of Veja, frequented, probably, since well before the last glaciation by a colony of skilled workers of artifacts of flint, arrows, tips, needles, leaves us astonished by the fact that those prehistoric men (perhaps Neanderthal) traded their precious material for half of Europe, up to the Baltic Sea in present-day Poland, via the Amber route, or to the French end.

Amarone della Valpolicella is a red wine raisin dry DOCG produced exclusively in the Valpolicella in the province of Verona.


color: red possibly tending to garnet with aging;

odor: characteristic, accentuated;

Palate: rich, velvety, warm;

residual sugar up to 12 g / l where the actual alcoholic strength is 14%.

Olfactory hints: ripe fruit, black cherry and raspberry jam.

In those aged more can be perceived even hints of musk and tar, the latter said in technical jargon of tar.

Alcohol: the minimum alcohol content is expected to 14º, for the most massive can reach up to 17º.

The name of this red Verona structured, Amarone, comes from the word "bitter", adopted to distinguish it from the sweet Recioto della Valpolicella and they had, albeit unintentionally, origin.

The new Amarone epithet to indicate Recioto Amaro or Recioto Secco was born in the spring of 1936 in the Cantina Sociale Valpolicella, at the time based at Villa Mosconi in Arbizzano di Valpolicella, thanks to the workman Adelino Lucchese, exceptional palate and flair that, thanks to the lucky the discovery of a recioto cask forgotten in the cellar and tapping the Recioto Amaro from the fermentation barrel, came out in an enthusiastic exclamation: "This is not a Bitter, it's an Amarone".

The capocantina had given the Valpolicella the magic word.

Amarone was spoken since the days of Catullus in the Carme n. 27 (about 49 BC) claims "calices amariores" (more bitter glasses).

But many other documents give witness.

Traces of predilection for this wine and for the grapes that produce it are also found in the Edict of Rotari which established very severe penalties for those who caused damage to the vines and salty fines for those who stole the grapes.

For the years following 1000 d. C. there is evidence of some acts of purchase and sale of vineyards in the area of ​​production of Amarone della Valpolicella, indeed wine is considered to be equal to the money to pay feudal rights.

In the following centuries the presence of the Amarone della Valpolicella continues in the official documents and in the writings of the humanists.

An estimate of 1503 attests that the area of ​​production of Amarone della Valpolicella; was a valley rich and famous thanks to its wines. Fame that continued until the time of the Enlightenment when Scipione Maffei in an important text proposed diction bitter, to indicate the wine "a grace particular product in Valpolicella."

The experience needed to bring the grapes destined for this precious wine to the right withering is very high.

Withering is essential, so much so that someone has defined this phase as a second harvest.

The grapes, healthy and perfectly ripe not only on the peel but also internally, are already selected at the time of harvest, in the first two weeks of October, choosing the sparse bunches, with the grapes not too close together, so that they leave the 'air.

These small "nuggets" ax are distributed in a single layer on trays, large wooden crates, more and more often replaced by perforated plastic sheet, for the aeration and to ensure a more rapid washability after use.

The trays are stacked in dryers, ventilated rooms usually above the dwellings and cellars. Position useful for those who have to turn and periodically check the grapes and then work them quickly, at the right time.

The dryers must be in a position where is allowed a constant aeration, controlled by suitably arranged windows, where the temperature may change gradually and where there are no stagnant moisture. This is why some historical cellars are built on bumps and sides of hills in sometimes improbable positions, outside the rules of practicality small.

Sometimes it was the position of the dryer to decide the placement of the entire building.

The withering lasts about 120 days; the most evident visible consequence of this phase, in addition to the aging of the berries, is the weight loss of the bunches which varies according to the type of grapes.

At the end of January, beginning of February, the grapes are pressed and the maceration of the skins is long.

Slowest fermentation also at low temperature, even for 30/50 days. This is to make sure that the sugars, due to the yeasts, turn into alcohol.

If the final wine keeps a low presence of sugars, may be defined Amarone. If the amount is higher, you get instead Recioto.

The grapes left to dry can not be fermented before 1 December.

It requires a minimum aging period of two years with effect from 1 January following the harvest.

All operations of drying grapes, vinification, aging and bottling must be carried out in the DOCG area.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Fumane, Italy

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • The bathrooms are nice spacious and very cute, they are complete with all amenities
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • - 1 double bed , 2 child bed
    - 2 double bed
  • The rooms are elegantly furnished, laden with hot and relex atmosphere. They are equipped with all comforts
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Groups
  • long term rentals available
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.977778 based on 45 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time-at Danielle and Marco's home. The couple went above and beyond what any of our hosts have done in the past.

The home is situated in a breathtaking area. A view of the chapel you see in the images is icing on the cake. We were with our 2 year old daughter and she had an amazing time running around in their very, very spacious property and playing in the pool. The "yard" which is more like a football field in size, has so many fruit and nut trees, the garden is growing zucchini, tomatoes, raspberries, etc., etc., etc.

The house was spacious, beds were comfortable, kitchen was well stocked (there were so many things available that we otherwise would've had to go out shopping immediately for) and it was beautifully decorated.

The small town of Fumane was just down the street and super-cute. You have to stop at Madamadore Verona for desserts and coffee. So good!

The only thing I would inquire about before renting is the height of the ceiling. It was a bit low at some parts since it's slanted. If you are over 6'5" it may be tough to get around. Besides that, I highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: 27/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi thanks for the beautiful words and for the compliments, for us to feel pampered our guests is essential and then pamper the child with a sweet or a smile was a pleasure. We are glad that you liked the place, the attic we decided to keep it so, not to ruin the charm of a typical old Italian house, which our customers like a lot. We hope to welcome you as our guests Daniela&Marco
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The apartment is charming, Marco & Daniella are wonderful hosts. The area is breathtaking.

  • 5 of 5

We would stay here again in a New York minute. No hesitations.

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice words, we are pleased that you enjoyed our home. Thanks also for the compliments to us, it is important for us to pamper our guests Daniela&Marco
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Great Place, Wonder Hosts

  • 5 of 5

If you are planning to see Verona, Lake Garda and surrounding area this is a great place to stay, (you will need a vehicle). This is a beautiful part of the country to see and explore. Marco and Daniela are wonderful, friendly hosts and have a really lovely home. Marco and Daniela also have friends who own a local restaurant, Ca Dei Maghi, which serves delicious food and has great service.

  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the compliments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the house and the places nearby. You were very nice and very discreet guests. We hope to have you again our guests in the future. Daniela&Marco
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Charming flat in a beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was clean and very tastefully decorated, it was well equipped with lots of unexpected extras- a bottle of local wine and breakfast things for the next morning. We visited over the Christmas and New Year period for some peace and quiet so didn't spend much time with the hosts but knew that nothing would be too much trouble if we'd asked. We had the privilege of some homemade cakes and have to say I wish I could bake like that!

The area is so pretty and there is so many places to visit Lake Garda only 20 min away- Lazise must be seen- Milan and Venice very easily reached would recommend the train- good value and service.

A lovely holiday . Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 04/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the beautiful words, we are happy that you like the property. It 's true we have not seen each other much, but we are on vacation too and we were always away from home relatives. If you come back to visit us, you can organize a barbeucop evening in the park. We hope to meet you as our guests. See you soon Daniela & Marco
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My family and I had a fantastic fortnight. The accommodation is amazing and so too the owners.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! The accommodation was immaculately decorated and presented with authentic Italian furniture and fittings. In addition it also had modern conveniences; dishwasher, washing machine and air conditioning. We were greeted by our lovely hosts Marco and Daniela and they went the extra mile to meet our needs. Valpolicella wine on arrival, fresh produce from their garden, a delicious cake and a tour and their fun company during a local visit to the wine producer. The pool was clean and used lots by our 3 children. The garden had fantastic views of the surrounding beautiful countryside. Overall we had a fantastic two weeks and thank Marco and Daniela for their time and attention to detail. Experiences we had: lake Garda swimming in Bardolino, Opera in Verona a must, Romeo and Juliette around Verona, Venice a must And train fare cheap, Molina local walk and the water park was fun too. Thanks guys from us all.

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi ... thanks to the beautiful words, I like the guests to know the little details and the attentions we put to them. You have been fantastic guests, even your children ... are beautiful, respectful and smiling. We are delighted that you enjoyed the place and we are grateful that you have let us know the Romeo and Juliet traveling itinerary, we will also do it. It's true the wine factory tour was fun. Thanks again to you, hope to see you again Daniela & Marco
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Amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

we stayed at this property for 9 nights in June and had a fabulous time. It's in an absolutely beautiful area which is perfect for exploring Verona and the different towns around lake Garda.

The owners were great, so friendly and really went the extra mile to help us and provide us with lovely little touches. My daughter has to have lacto-free milk and on arrival they had put some in the fridge ready as we arrived in the evening. What a wonderful thing to do.

The property is beautiful and has everything you need and more.

Thanks for having us, we are missing our holiday already

  • Review Submitted: 26/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the beautiful words that make us proud. You have been fantastic hosts, respecting the home. Which made us very happy to help you and then how not to love the "little princess". A kiss at all, we hope to have you as our guests again. Daniela & Marco
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Airport Catullo Villafranca
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Milano - Venezia exit Verona Nord
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Osteria n1
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Valpolicella (Valpolexèla in Veneto) is the hilly area before the start of the Alpine foothills of Verona, in the Veneto region.

Well-known since the days of ancient Rome for viticulture, and in particular for Amarone wine, it is also important for the extraction of red Verona marble.

From the architectural point of view, the landscape of the Valpolicella is adorned with Venetian villas of great value and is decorated with capitals, churches, parishes, districts and courts, which enrich the area with evidence of years of history.

The meaning of the name Valpolicella is uncertain and has been the subject of several debates over the centuries. One of the assumptions is that it derives from the Latin Vallis-polis-cellae, literally translated valleys of many cellars.

Very fascinating is the etymology proposed by humanists who actually wanted the Greek language and more precisely in the word polyzelos in its most recent translation of land from many fruits or, for the more classic, much envied. Or it could be the union of poly = many and Selas = splendor, that is very beautiful.

The artistic and architectural heritage of the valley are shown the religious buildings, and in particular the ancient churches. Besides the already mentioned parish church of San Giorgio, in the municipality of San Pietro in Cariano is the beautiful church of San Floriano. This is dated around the twelfth century, although built on earlier pagan places of worship, and presents paintings by eighteenth-century authors. Interesting is the church of San Martino Corrubbio for the cycle of frescoes, of which only fragments remain today. Other churches were in Negrar (with a beautiful and venerable bell tower) and to Arbizzano. Valuable also some parish churches built between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Between 1922 and 1924 Joseph Trecca designed, as an architect, the parish church of Marano di Valpolicella, and from 1924 directed the work for the decoration of one of Fumane.

You can not talk about architecture in Valpolicella let alone its Venetian villas that, since the fifteenth century, have arisen here in large numbers. In addition to the architectural beauty of these works (the planned architects like Michele Sanmicheli and Andrea Palladio), they often retain their precious frescoes.

Since ancient times, the Valpolicella has been the focus of intensive extraction of precious marble. Many monuments were built using this Verona marble, and most likely also the stones that make up the Arena come from here.

The territory of Fumane is inhabited since prehistoric times, in the hamlet Molina is a shelter inhabited in prehistoric times considered one of the most important sites in Europe for the long period of use. Shelter Solinas, currently renamed Cave Fumane, has been inhabited by humans for about 60 000 years ago to about 25 000 years ago.

In Roman times the pagus Arusnatium, namely an autonomous administrative region inhabited by a native population, had the administrative center in the area of ​​Fumane; at the mouth of the plain of Fumane, to San Pietro in Cariano, is known to contain a Roman house with outbuildings: the large complex is related to the name ruins; still in use but already testified in documents of the eleventh century.

In the Dark Ages Fumane was under Lombard rule, the name of the valley was different and of Lombard, Val de room.

If there are few remains of the Middle Ages, many more will make the monumental presences in the Middle Ages. Perhaps already Federico della Scala had a palace in Fumane, dominant location Vicarie. When the Venetians put on sale the goods of Fattoria Scaligera, the Maffei bought houses here and fields which passed then, in the mid-sixteenth century, the Della Torre, who built the current monumental villa.

Typical phenomenon in the years between the fifteenth and sixteenth century is the birth, even in the valley fumanese, numerous villas: Villa Della Torre locations in Bancroft; Salle-villa resort Jenna in the Volta; Villa Marchiori-Cerù-Stork in the square of the capital.

During the eighteenth century there was a renewal of religious building. A Fumane and Mazzurega refer the two parish churches (a few centuries old) while in Cavalo Breonio and if they build two completely new, in a different position from the two oldest.

Throughout the nineteenth century and until the first half of the twentieth century, the country of Fumane remains largely unchanged, except for the natural development of houses. In the years immediately following the Second World War we witness the decline of the agricultural sector and the resulting income produced. It is therefore only the birth of this war, the territory fumanese, the small and medium industries also flourish with all the activities of the service sector related to it.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in Fumane, Italy

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23 Aug 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$28 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

pulizia finale + utenze AU$78.93
Pet Fee AU$7.89
Stay tax AU$2.37 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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