We are three sisters: Anna, Lisa and Francesca. We were born and bred in the winery where our father Francesco Marcato produced Soave and Durello wine with his brothers. So, we developed a passion for viticulture and oenology from a very early age.
Meticulous and diligent, Lisa furthered her passion for wine by studying oenology. With her practical nature and years of agronomy studies, Francesca deals with overall management. Anchored by Francesco's experience and thanks to his solid work ethic, we have breathed life into the Talestri project.
As far as we are concerned, Talestri is a challenge.
The Talestri project was created to safeguard a precious heritage and ancient lore, and it grows day by day along with the desire to renew it and keep it alive. So, spurred by our desire to create an undertaking that fused professionalism and emotional ties, we purchased 10 hectares of vineyard in 2008 and embarked upon this marvellous adventure. As always, the first steps were very difficult, but Francesco's experience turned out to be invaluable and, in just a few years, the company started to take shape as we wanted it to be.
2015 was a pivotal year. After ten months of uphill battling, the nerve centre of the company was up and running: we had turned our dream of a new winery into reality and were ready to turn our grapes into wine.
Our choice of location could be no other than the rolling hills of Lavagno, a few kilometres away from Verona to the east of Valpolicella. Excellent, world-famous wines have been produced here for centuries. Air, soil and sun have joined forces, each providing their own precious contribution to our wine with its unique scents and flavours.
Our estate is located at 160 metres above sea level, stretching out to embrace the San Briccio hill, an ancient underwater volcano.
The special quality of our vineyards is the make-up of the land consisting of sedimentary limestones, typical of the Valpolicella area, with occasional basalt outcrops, a common feature of the eastern part of the province of Verona.
The vineyards are facing south and make the most of the sun-drenched warmth of the day, cooled by a constant breeze and refreshed at night by mountain winds.
Ideal conditions to ensure perfect ripening of the grapes to produce fine, elegant wines with mineral notes and an agreeable tang.
The Talestri project was created to safeguard a precious heritage and ancient lore, and it grows day by day along with the desire to renew it and keep it alive.
Our project rests on two fundamental cornerstones - diversity and sustainability.
We grow Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and small quantities of other native and international varieties.
We chose the pergola or the espalier technique as our vine training systems. We diversified them so as to optimise grape ripening according to sunlight exposure and the inclination of the hill.
We know that quality starts in the vineyard, is borne out during manual harvesting and substantiated with vinification. We know that different vines, grapes and locations require specific treatments. We know that it is essential to dry grapes and turn them into wine separately, according to their type and the vineyard they come from. We work hard to produce wines that succeed in making the most of local characteristics.
As from 2020, our business and its wines have obtained the SQNPI certification (Sistema di Qualità Nazionale di Produzione Integrata - National Quality System for Integrated Production) which bears witness to the company's pledge to sustainability.
With relentless commitment, we have focused on reducing chemical substances and energy consumption. We have done away with chemical weed control, relying instead on mechanical cutting. The slopes have been covered in essences and fragrances that attract bees, and we have sown green manure crops to enrich the soil with organic substances and fibrous roots so that air gets down to the bottom.
We use energy from renewable sources.
We use organic pest control methods. We preserve the country hedges between the vineyards and look after the copse in the midst of the company premises to serve as a precious resource for fostering biodiversity.
Air, soil and sun have joined forces, each providing their own precious contribution to our wine with its unique scents and flavours.