The opening night of Art Ferment: a vernissage celebrating the union of art and wine

Entrepreneurs, art collectors, and distinguished guests gathered at our winery on Tuesday, March 28, with a star-studded dinner prepared by Chef Mattia Bianchi of Amistà Restaurant to inaugurate the first of three art exhibitions to be held in 2023 in collaboration with Artericambi Gallery. 

We, before wine, live on relationships, and a creative ferment was only natural when we met Francesco and Cristina Pandian of the Verona-based Artericambi gallery during their recent visit to the winery. The minimal and rigorous design of the winery provides a fitting yet original backdrop for hosting contemporary art, and we are bent on improving Farina for our guests and us. In fact, in 2022, with the launch of Amarone Riserva 2011 Mezzadro alla Fontana, Farina embarked on a parallel path toward territorial collaborations with a shared spirit toward excellence. 

In just 15 days, we saw the installation of the majestic Fur Paul Celan work by artist Anselm Kiefer on loan from a private collector, lowered from the crane and assembled in the historic courtyard. We experienced such a stunning color match of Argentinian artist Mariano Sardòn's works that when observing, one might think the pieces had been commissioned for the cellar. Instead, it is the work of Cristina and Francis' vision. Both artists invite different pauses for reflection, inspired by the past and the future. From these reflections, we pause to appreciate the evolution of our traditions in a glass of wine. 

This small sharing of images will be a stimulus for planning an upcoming visit to Farina. We have created an exclusive tasting on the occasion of the three guided tours of the artworks led by the Artericambi team. This exhibition will be followed by two more in June and October at Art Verona. 

Art Ferment: a dialogue between wine and art in collaboration with Artericambi Gallery

The cultures of art and wine meet in the Farina Winery, thanks to the collaboration with the Artericambi Gallery in Verona. Three exhibitions of works by internationally-renowned contemporary artists will be on display in our winery over the course of 2023. The winery's minimalist design ties in perfectly with the pieces selected ad hoc by the Artericambi Gallery for the exhibitions.

The inaugural exhibition opens with a series of the most significant, award-winning, and recognized works by Argentine artist Mariano Sardón, who has been working for years in transdisciplinary processes, mixing art with artificial intelligence, data visualization and computer animation, and neuroscience.

Through new technologies, particularly in the video installation "The Wall of Gazes," the artist will lead visitors to reflect on the human dimension and the common propensity of observation in a new and innovative way.

Art Ferment is a rare opportunity to view the 2005 sculpture "Für Paul Celan" by renowned German artist Anselm Kiefer, on loan from a private collection.



The work displayed in the 16th-century courtyard is part of a series dedicated to the Jewish poet Paul Celan. It is an exemplary expression of Kiefer's work, which is interested in exploring the impact of history and the horrors of war on the individual and society, alongside his interest in mythology, Kabbalah, and alchemy. Remembering, as the artist has repeatedly stated, destruction is the prelude to a new beginning.

The Art Ferment exhibition represents a continuation of Farina's commitment to cultural events, an accompaniment to their wine revolution which embraces sustainability, transparency, ethics, hospitality, and tradition.

"We are proud of the Art Ferment, a project that perfectly aligns with the modernity and style that distinguishes us. We are a contemporary company that has evolved from a peasant tradition, and I think organizing an exhibition of this caliber is a great satisfaction for my family," says Claudio Farina from the headquarters in Pedemonte, in the heart of Valpolicella Classica.

Elena Farina adds, "My cousin and I cultivate an insatiable curiosity about the arts and design - they are often sources of inspiration in the winery. The early works carry strong messages about the human condition from the past and the future of the present - an evocation of our vision of an evolving tradition in constant ferment, learning from the past on a path of improvement. We hope it is a way to live and savor this cultural wine experience of the highest quality at Farina."

Finally, Francesco Pandian, director of Artericambi Gallery, says, "Our artists are excited to participate in this refreshing combination, rich in experimentation, vision, and an attentive pursuit of the full sensory experience of art and wine. Engaging with the Farina family in the beautiful spaces of the winery was a wonderful experience enriched even more by their sincere hospitality and professionalism."

Art Ferment embraces three key dates and runs until December 15, 2023.

March 28, 2023 - invitation-only vernissage
June 2023 - opening of the second exhibition
October 2023 - third and final appointment during ArtVerona

The first exhibition will continue through May 14 and will be open to visitors by reservation with a guided tasting. The visits will become an unforgettable moment of discovery on two Fridays a month. They will include a guided tour by the Artericambi team, followed by a special wine tasting, illustrating the evolution of the Farina family's wine project.

Art Ferment promises to be an event to remember. In particular, the private vernissage on March 28 will bring together wine and art enthusiasts, who will be delighted by a wine and food experience of the highest level. The evening will conclude with an art-themed dinner created by Michelin-starred Chef Mattia Bianchi of the Amistà Restaurant.

La sostenibilità in cantina si concretizza con nuove tecnologie e la ricerca

Mercoledì 22 febbraio alle 16.30, presso il polo universitario di San Floriano (Verona) Elena Farina e il prof. Maurizio Ugliano presenteranno il progetto Winesens condotto dalla nostra cantina in collaborazione con SMACT and UNIVR sulle nuove tecnologie di controllo e gestione della maturazione dei vini rossi in legno, cemento, ceramica e acciaio.

La collaborazione tra l'azienda Farina e il Laboratorio di chimica enologica dell'Università di Verona ha avuto inizio nel 2017, con un progetto finalizzato allo sviluppo di protocolli di vinificazione per la riduzione delle dosi di impiego dei solfiti. Il progetto si proponeva di valutare diverse strategie per migliorare la tenuta dei vini all'ossidazione, limitando così il fabbisogno in solfiti dei vini. 

Tra le varie opzioni considerate, quella basata sull'aggiunta ragionata di dosi di ossigeno precise nel corso della fermentazione si era rivelata particolarmente efficace. Sulla scorta di questi risultati abbiamo rielaborato i nostri protocolli di vinificazione, arrivando ad una riduzione complessiva delle dosi di impiego di SO2 di circa il 20%. 

Inoltre, da questo primo progetto è nata una riflessione più ampia sulle potenzialità offerte dalle nuove tecnologie di gestione dell'ossigeno per l'ottenimento di determinati profili qualitativi, in particolare per la fase di maturazione dei vini. Abbiamo avviato importanti investimenti per l'installazione di contenitori di maturazione con differenti permeabilità all'ossigeno, affiancando alle tradizionali botti in legno contenitori in cemento e in ceramica. 

Per due anni abbiamo condotto una serie di analisi sull'evoluzione dei vini in questi diversi contenitori, realizzando una mappatura delle potenzialità di ciascun materiale rispetto alle diverse caratteristiche dei vini. In tale contesto stiamo inoltre studiando l'applicazione di diverse tecnologie di analisi rapida per il monitoraggio dell'evoluzione dell'ossigeno e dei composti fenolici nel corso della maturazione dei vini. 

Maurizio Ugliano commenta, “Nel corso di questi anni la collaborazione tra Università di Verona e Farina wines ha fornito numerosi spunti di approfondimento su tematiche di attualità enologica, consentendo di introdurre tecnologie all'avanguardia nel contesto della produzione dei vini della Valpolicella.” 

Elena Farina aggiunge, “Sin dalla nostra entrata in azienda, io e mio cugino Claudio abbiamo messo la sostenibilità come punto cardine della nostra strategia vitivinicola. Inizialmente ci siamo lasciati guidare da fortuite intuizioni nei primi investimenti di rinnovo in cantina. La collaborazione con Maurizio è preziosa e non solo per gli ottimi risultati raggiunti – insieme, ci siamo trovati in un percorso verso un approccio concreto e misurabile.”

Per dettagli e iscrizione consulta: 

Winesens Farina - Smact Talks 

Decanter - Mezzadro alla Fontana

Decanter awards 96 points to the first vintage of Mezzadro Alla Fontana Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011

Mezzadro Alla Fontana Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011 was awarded a brilliant 96 points by Decanter in 2021. The wine was presented for the Decanter Award tasing, and will be officially launched during Vinitaly in April 2022.

The wine is the ultimate expression of the family’s oenological vision and the result of the historical collaboration with local winegrowers. The Farina family has maintained equitable and fruitful relationships with winegrowers owning some of the most prized vineyards in several communes of the Valpolicella Classica. Ever since Claudio and Elena Farina took over the winery in 2000, they built the know-how and winemaking team able to realize their vision of the super premium Amarone that would become a tribute to these winegrowers.

They would have to wait for the excellent 2011 vintage to produce the first wine. From Negrar to Sant’Ambrogio, to San Pietro in Cariano, Farina made a cuvée selection of the most distinctive and intense characteristics within the winegrowers’ finest parcels – historical collaborations with the Farina family that have always represented the noblest soils – basalts, gravels, limestones, with optimal exposures.

The bunches, harvested by hand, are dried and vinified separately in stainless steel and then in concrete vats before creating the final blend, which, for the 2011 Riserva, is Raven, Swallow, Molinara, and Croatian. Maturation begins for 24 months in rare French and American barriques, followed by 36 months in large Slavonian oak barrels before prolonged refinement in the bottle.

The structure and balance of the wine is sustained by the pivotal acidity that winemaker Andrea Zerman looks to obtain in all Farina wines. The result is a wine that is richly dense and full bodied while presenting remarkable freshness and finesse even after over a decade of maturation. Intriguing aromas and flavors flux and evolve over the course of hours after opening, a hallmark quality of great wines.

“Mezzadro alla Fontana – Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011” – 3,000 bottles produced. Presented in preview to the most authoritative guides and critics, it also collected excellent reviews: Mundus Vini Summer Tasting Best of Show, Wine Hunter Award 2021 Gold, James Suckling 92 points.

Elena Farina, co-owner and responsible for administration and hospitality, tells the genesis of the name of the wine: “To communicate our company identity, we needed to draw on our peasant history to give shape to the visceral bond that the Farina family has with the land. Among papers, books, and old photos, we were drawn to the phrase “Mezzadro alla Fontana” – (sharecropper at the fountain). In it, I see the soul of a peasant – and I feel it in our DNA – a value to own, not because we believe we are winemakers, but to define our character and our profound relationship with the Valpolicella Classica.”

Claudio adds, "We are an earnest family where actions speak louder than words – where loyalty and honesty are fundamental values at the basis of any healthy and united community. Our most prestigious wine is a tribute to our community of “vinegrowers” and a nod to the sharecropping past that unites the heritage of most families in Valpolicella. Do not misunderstand. This is not the Amarone of yesteryear. It is the Amarone that best expresses our relationship with the land and our oenological vision.”

“Mezzadro alla Fontana – Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011” – 3,000 bottles produced. Presented in preview to the most authoritative guides and critics, it has already collected excellent reviews: Decanter Gold 2021 – 96 points, Mundus Vini Summer Tasting Best of Show, Wine Hunter Award 2021 Gold, James Suckling 92 points.

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"Nodo d'Amore" for the international packaging competition "Romeo & Juliet"

IGT Knot of Love

Our IGT "Nodo d'Amore" has become the protagonist of the international packaging competition "Romeo & Juliet" organized by Nilpeter. To celebrate its 100th anniversary it involved Advision and Grafical Srl who created this exciting initiative. We were proud to have hosted the Estudio Pablo Guerrero award ceremony for having created the best graphics, because after all… the label is the dress of a wine.

Transparency project

Trasparenti per natura

Abbiamo scelto di avviare questo progetto Transparency Farina perché da sempre sentiamo un’esigenza naturale, innata,
di raccontarci a tutti per quello che siamo, senza nascondere mai nulla, a partire dai nostri limiti.

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Guida Luca Maroni - Roma 2020

I migliori vini italiani 2020 a Roma

Nel salone delle Fontane dal 13 al 16 Febbraio hanno partecipato oltre 800 etichette.
Noi abbiamo avuto l’onore di essere presenti in quanto VINCITORI con il 3° MIGLIOR ROSSO ITALIANO: RECIOTO 2017!
Nel salone delle Fontane oltre 800 etichette.

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