For centuries the name Torre d'Orti on the San Martino Buonalbergo maps indicates a precise area on the hills near the village of Marcellise. This site with a great view was chosen by the Castello di Montorio as a place to build a watchtower to maintain security from enemies. Centuries later the same spot was utilized by the local farmers for growing olives, grapes and cereals. They created terracing, still visible today. Recently the Piona family bought the land of the former watchtower, using the historic name for their estate. The land was replanted with vines for the production of Valpolicella wines. The terroir is special in that the red earth typical of Valpolicella classico is combined with white chalk. This terroir plus the altitude gives the grapes a very low ph and acidity, creating distinguished and well balanced wines, extremely elegant, suitable for long ageing. To make wine of quality is an art that requires patience, intelligence and love. Nothing is left to chance. The three key factors are: terroir, the vine and vinification. We have the confidence that our vineyards are in the best environment. The grape varieties are chosen in accordance with the climatic conditions and we keep our yields very low, allowing us to produce healthy grapes with high sugar levels.
The harvesting is manual, with several passes through the vineyards so as to select the best bunches for Cavalchina's wines and the rest is sold on the wholesale market. This explains why the quantities differ each year but the high quality is maintained. For the vinification we look to the future but always with an eye on tradition. It is reflected by the testimonies in Guides and by tasting panels.