Villa Canestrari was founded in the 1990s by the Bonuzzi and Franchi families, each with a winegrowing tradition dating back more than 130 years. The fourth generation is represented by Francesco Bonuzzi, who currently heads the company together with his mother, Adriana Franchi.
Today, “Villa Canestrari” is the symbol and leading brand of a new production philosophy that aims at quality and respect for the typical features of the land.
The estate’s vineyards are situated to the east of Verona, in the Illasi Valley, between Colognola ai Colli and Illasi. They were recently restructured in order to ensure the kind of cultivation that puts quality before quantity. The approximately twenty hectares of land has excellent exposure to the sun and is partly cultivated according to the Guyot method and partly Veronese terraced. Thanks to the region’s different soils and microclimates, each product bears all the typical characteristics of the production area. The soils are varied, alluvial-calcareous, somewhat gravelly and have a volcanic substrate, some of which is detritus and some calcareous marine rocks.
The winery is located in Colognola ai Colli, where each step of the production process is carefully monitored, from harvesting through to bottling. The actual Villa Canestrari is situated in Illasi, where a Wine Museum has been set up to celebrate the work of four generations of winemakers, and also to show younger visitors the demanding but fascinating working life of our grandparents and great-grandparents. The old "grain loft”, where the grapes for Recioto production used to be left to dry has been converted into a conference hall and classroom, where wine-tasting courses and theme evenings are organised to explore the various aspects of wine and to discuss flavours, bouquets, aftertastes and food pairings.