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Matilde Poggi is the owner and winemaker for Le Fraghe, which is one of the most regarded wineries of Bardolino. Located in Cavaion Veronese in the town of Affi, Le Fraghe is in the heart of the Bardolino production zone in Northern Italy. Lake Garda is to the west and Monte Baldo is to the north. The property and its 15th-century stone farmhouse have been in the family since 1880, and Matilde’s first harvest was 1984. She currently has 28 hectares of vines, planted mainly with the Corvina grape. In 2013, Matilde was elected President of the Federazione Italiana Vignaioli Indipendenti (Italian Federation of Independent Grape Growers). Matilde Poggi has three daughters, to whom she’d like to pass on Le Fraghe one day.
The wines of Le Fraghe are food-friendly — very fresh, with fruit, and easy to drink, with not much oak or much alcohol. The wines are elegant and refreshing reflections of the Corvina, Rondinella, and Garganega grapes. Indigenous yeast is used from the vineyards but not in a spontaneous way; Matilde makes a small batch fermentation from the vineyard and then inoculates the rest of the harvest with that yeast. Fermentations are very cold and slow to increase complexity and fresh flavors. The estate has been organic in the cellar since 2012 and in the vineyard since 2009.