Ca dei Maghi is a small producer, nestled in the hills of Valpolicella, near to the centre of Fumane.. It was established in the 1950s, when Valpolicella was a very prolific style of wine, in terms of the quantity produced. The first generation were at the forefront of what is now known as agriturismo in the region. Nephew Paolo Creazzi took over this family business in 2011 and has quickly made it an excellent estate, and definitely one to watch for the future. We have had success with their juicy, fruit driven Valpoilcella, a very pretty wine, so we thought we would have a go with their white wine.
There are two ranges of wines from this estate, the classic Valpolicella style wines, which typify a sense of place. Then they also make a range of experimental wines, and the Barabao is one of these.
It is a white wine made from over 50 year old Garganega vines. Garganega is used in the neighbouring village wine called Soave. This is an unusual wine as it is made from two harvests. Firstly they pick some of the harvest early, then dry the fruit for 40 days, the rest of the crop is harvested much later, when fully ripe. The two elements are blended and aged in steel for six months. It is a complex wine, full of texture and layers of flavour. It is golden in colour, it combines honeyed notes, herb, almonds and spice, it really opens up in the glass. This is a very exciting find.