A precious land treasured for twenty-one generations.
In 1353, the charming Tenuta (estate), which was already famous for the quality of its vineyards, was bought by Pietro Alighieri, son of Dante the Poet, who had followed his father into exile in Verona.
For twenty-one generations, descendants of the Supreme Poet have lived in the Possessioni, a landmark site for viticulture in the Valpolicella region. Masi shares its great love for the land here with the Conti Serego Alighieri, working with them in the production of prestigious wines, heirs as they are of an ancient, noble and expert winemaking tradition.
The Serego Alighieri estate is the one with the longest historical, cultural and winemaking tradition in Valpolicella, dating back more than 650 years. It all began in 1353 when Pietro Alighieri, son of the Supreme Poet Dante, who had followed his father into exile in Verona, bought the Casal dei Ronchi property in Gargagnago in the centre of Valpolicella Classica, which remains the heart of the property today.
In 1549, the Alighieri family found itself with only female heirs, and married into the powerful Imperial family of Serego; ever since then descendants of the family have called themselves by the double-barrelled name, Serego Alighieri.
In the 16th century, Marcantonio Serego was an enthusiastic proponent of agricultural reform, of land reclamation and of increasing the productiveness of his estates. Crop cultivation managed as a science and as an art began in the eighteenth century with the identification of the right habitat for each product. In the 1920s, after phylloxera, Pieralvise Serego Alighieri founded the School of Agriculture in Gargagnago to replant local native grape varieties.
Tenuta Serego Alighieri became one themost prestigious historic Venetian estates under the umbrella of the Masi Group in 1973. Today, the property is open to the public so that the spirit of Valpolicella and its historic memories can be revealed to everyone.
Paved with the typical Prun stone of the area, the wide courtyard was once used for agricultural purposes. The 11 ancient vines inside the yard were planted in 1875 to mark the birth of Count Pieralvise, who went on to found the Agricultural School in Gargagnago in 1920. Among the very few that survived phylloxera in the early 1900s, these vines produce the Serego Alighieri clone of the Molinara grape.
Vineyards opposite produce the Serego Alighieri Molinara to give unique personality to wines produced by this historic house.