The master of Soave casts his spell on Valpolicella and Amarone
Antonio Fattori, who runs the 95 hectare property, comes from a family of winemakers. With over a century of history behind them, Antonio Fattori and his brother Giovanni took over the family business in the early ’70s.
Prior to that, the estate produced well-made base wines that were sold to neighbouring properties to be used under varied labels. In the early ’90s Antonio made the decision to produce his own wine with his own label and begin to place the wines into the international market.
Antonio’s pursuit of excellence is illustrated by his use of two separate production facilities to best manage the journey of both whites and reds.
Fattori wines have been in the Australian market for over 30 years & continue to showcase some of the best that Veneto has to offer.
Located in the Soave region of northeast Italy, Fattori has 75 acres under vine. They practice hillside farming, growing indigenous grapes such as Garganega, Durello and Trebbiano di Soave.
Col de la Bastia is the vineyard name given to 12 hectares of terraced land situated on the most eastern side of the Valpolicella appellation at 420m above sea level. It sits in between the Val d’Alpone and the Val d’Illasi, overlooking at the Castelcerino village. The vineyard soils contain limestone and shaley clay soils.
The area takes the name Col de la Bastia from a medieval Watchtower, the remains of which can be found in the woodland above the vineyards.
Antonio believes that the location of the high altitude location of the Col de La Bastia vineyard provides the ideal site of which to produce wines from the indigenous Valpolicella varieties – Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. The Fattori red wines from this vineyard show an elegance & structured acidity that sets them apart from almost any other producer in the region.
2018 Valpolicella Ripasso
‘Col de Bastia’
Ripasso is the traditional method where the Valpolicella wine is re-macereted on the pomace from the dried Amarone grapes. The wine is aged in 500/1000 Litre oak barrels for 18 months.
Hints of fresh red small woodland fruit with a soft and balanced tannin.
2020 Valpolicella ‘Col de Bastia’
“Plummy nose with hints of herbs and blossom notes. Juicy and rounded on the palate, showing a minty finish.”
Decanter – March 2022
2018 Amarone della
Hand picked during the last two weeks of September and laid to dry in small boxes in “fruttaio”. Water loss, due to the period of drying, promotes concentration of all substances of the grape.
Full-bodied and balanced, with hints of red fruits and balsamic notes.
The wine is dense and rich with equal proportions of freshness and liveliness.
The white vineyards are found on the basalt slopes of the Alpone valley where the company was founded and where the winery is based today.
All of the vineyards have an altitude of between 150 and 450m above sea level. Fattori have favoured vineyards with altitude in order to best prepare for the future. Antonio believes the higher the vineyard the fresher and more nervous and mineral the aroma.
A pale hued, light-bodied white wine. It’s core bouquet of citrus and white apple fruit is enhanced by subtle hints of sage and nettle. The palate is mineral in texture with a fresh and crispy character.
2020 ‘Danieli’ Soave
“Zippy, fresh and clean. This pure expression of Garganega comes from vines planted in basalt volcanic soils in the Roncá or Monte Calvarina area, and a small part of the fruit (from just 5% to 10%) is left to mature longer on the vines, thus adding a bit more textural heft.”
Robert Parker Wine Advocate