The Novaia wine estate is located in the Classico village of Marano di Valpolicella. Marcello Vaona is the latest generation to tend the vines, alongside father Gianpaolo & zio Cesare. With a new cantina under construction above the village, one senses that Marcello is determined to take the estate to greater heights, having joined in 2000. The family have 7 hectares of terraced pergola and guyot vines, lying at between 300 and 400 metres above sea level on the calcareous ‘pietra di Lessinia’ stone soils mixed with volcanic elements. Novaia makes a full range of minerally Valpolicella Classico wines: Valpolicella (crunchy, stainless-steel), Ripasso (stainless-steel and barriques), Superiore ‘I Cantoni’ (single vineyard, barriques), Amarone (two years of barrqiues), Amarone Riserva ‘Le Balze’ (single vineyard, only exceptional years, three years of barriques), Recioto ‘Le Novaje’ (old single vineyard, one year of barriques).