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Ancient Grape Dryer in Valpolicella

Family-friendly Fumane vacation home with private pool and kitchen

  • Free WiFi

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Fumane, Veneto, Italy
  • A great base for exploring the wineries of Valpolicella, Verona, and picturesque Lake…

    Sep. 30, 2021

  • The hosts werd very very nice. The property was great in a good location . Excellent in…

    Sep. 14, 2020

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  • 8 guests
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking available
  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Onsite parking
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • In a rural location
  • Hair dryer

What’s around

  • Villa della Torre Cazzola - 11 min walk
  • Allegrini Azienda Agricola - 15 min walk
  • Aquardens Spa - 5.7 mi / 9.1 km
  • Tommasi Viticoltori - 4.1 mi / 6.6 km
  • Fumane Cave - 4.2 mi / 6.7 km
  • Azienda Agricola Villa Giona - 4.3 mi / 7 km

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 Double Bed

Bedroom 2

2 Double Beds

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About this home

Cà Dei Merli is an ancient dryer for the Amarone della Vapolicella grapes finely renovated in 2014, immersed in the tranquility of the valley, the junction point between the city of Verona, Lake Garda and Lessinia.
Located behind Fumane at the foot of Monte Rivoli under the spectacular and suggestive Sanctuary of the Madonna de la Salette which is a fantastic panoramic balcony over the vineyards of Valpolicella, it is the ideal place to recover energy.

Its particular position makes it suitable for both relaxing holidays and cultural tourism, thanks to the convenience with which you can reach the main tourist destinations in the Veneto region, such as Verona, Lake Garda, Venice, Treviso and Trentino.

For lovers of walking and cycling there are paths surrounded by greenery.

For lovers of good food and good wine there are numerous food and wine tours with wine tastings; the owners in love with their territory offer themselves to suggest tasting itineraries.

The house consists of a main area where the owners reside and an independent area reserved for guests.

The old drying room has two rooms with four places each, one with a double bed and a bunk bed; the other instead with two double beds.

There is also a kitchen equipped with oven, fridge, dishwasher and a wood stove to cook in the typical way of this area.

The rooms have air conditioning, TV, are equipped with independent heating and free internet.

The apartment has a laundry room with washing machine and a 400l DHW storage tank to guarantee a constant flow of hot water.

At the entrance there is a comfortable and graceful sitting area for reading, working or writing.

It is possible to have numerous outdoor parking spaces available, inside the property, which can be accessed through a motorized gate.

The property also has an outdoor park with a 7.5X3.5 above-ground swimming pool and is equipped with a sun lounger and barbecue, umbrella, table and chairs for dining.

The town of Fumane is located a few kilometers from one of the best hospitals in the province of Verona, the Negrar hospital, reachable in 20 minutes.

Leisure activities: in the area there are two riding stables, different paths and paths for mountain biking or for lovers of walking.

In the village there are several restaurants and agritourisms.

For those who love good wine since we are in the center of historic Valpolicella there are a hundred wineries that offer tastings and guided tours.

Places to visit: Verona can be reached in 25 minutes as well as Lake Garda and its theme parks such as Gardaland and Caneva World, in 20 minutes you can also reach the Pastrengo zoo safari and in 10 minutes by road you can spend an afternoon to relax at Terme Aquardens, which are the largest in Europe.

In about twenty minutes you can reach the Verona airport.

For mountain lovers in an hour and a half you can be in the Dolomites.

10 minutes from the property, there are also the famous Molina Waterfalls which attract more than 80,000 tourists every year. The peculiarity of this area is the abundance of water, thanks to the existence of perennial springs located north of the town of Molina. In addition to the sparkling waterfalls, the park also offers visitors a landscape marked by woods and meadows, frequently interrupted by streams and rivers that combine the sweetness of the greenery, in the infinite variety of vegetation, with the gray of the rocky spurs.

A synthesis

of the low mountain landscape can be found in the Park, where paths and itineraries offer the visitor now the serene solemnity of a cascade of sparkling water, now the expanse of multicolored flowers between a forest and a cliff, now the ravine inhabited by a swirling stream.
In addition, the Tibetan Bridge, a classic engineering work suspended with ropes between opposite sides, is also beautiful to see. It is the first construction of its kind in Veneto and also among the rarities in our country, and connects the trail system of Marano di Valpolicella with that of Sant'Anna d'Alfaedo.

Then we also find the Fumane Caves nearby, which testify to the uninterrupted presence of the Neandertal Man and then of the Homo sapiens sapiens from about 80 thousand to 25 thousand years ago. Finally, but no less interesting, the Veja Bridge, probably frequented since well before the last ice age by a colony of skilled workers of flint artifacts, arrows, tips, needles, leaves us amazed that those prehistoric men (perhaps Neanderthal) traded their precious material for half of Europe, up to the Baltic Sea in present-day Poland, via the Amber route, or to the French end.

Amarone della Valpolicella is a dry DOCG red passito wine produced exclusively in Valpolicella in the province of Verona.

Organoleptic characteristics:

color: deep red possibly tending to garnet with aging;

smell: characteristic, accentuated;

flavor: full, velvety, warm;

maximum residual sugar 12 g / l if the actual alcoholic strength is 14%.

Olfactory hints: ripe fruit, black cherry and raspberry jam.

In the older ones you can also perceive hints of musk and tar, the latter in technical jargon called goudron.

Alcoholic strength: the minimum expected alcoholic strength is 14º, for the full-bodied it can even reach 17º.

The name of this structured Veronese red, Amarone, derives from the word "amaro", adopted to distinguish it from the sweet of Recioto della Valpolicella from which it originated, albeit involuntarily.

The new epithet Amarone to indicate the Recioto Amaro or Recioto Secco was born in the spring of 1936 in the Cantina Sociale Valpolicella, at the time based in Villa Mosconi in Arbizzano di Valpolicella, by the capocantina Adelino Lucchese, exceptional palate and nose that, thanks to the lucky finding a cask of recioto forgotten in the cellar and tapping the Recioto Amaro from the fermentation barrel, he came out in an enthusiastic exclamation: "This is not a Amaro, it is an Amarone".

The foreman had given Valpolicella the magic word.

Amarone has been spoken of since Catullo's time in Carme n. 27 (about 49 BC) claims "calices amariores" (more bitter glasses).

But many other documents bear witness to this.

Traces of the predilection for this wine and for the grapes that produce it is also found in the Edict of Rotari which established very severe penalties for those who caused damage to the vines and high fines for those who stole the bunches.

For the years following 1000 d. C. there is evidence of some deeds of purchase and sale of vineyards in the production area of Amarone della Valpolicella, indeed wine is considered equal to money to pay feudal rights.

In the following centuries the presence of Amarone della Valpolicella continues in the official documents and writings of the humanists.

An estimate of 1503 attests that the production area of Amarone della Valpolicella; it was a rich and famous

valley thanks to its wines. Fame that continued until the Enlightenment era when Scipione Maffei in an important text proposed the bitter diction, to indicate the wine "a particular grace produced in Valpolicella".
The experience needed to bring the grapes destined for this precious wine to the right drying is very high.

Withering is essential, so much so that someone called this phase a second harvest.

The grapes, healthy and perfectly ripe not only on the skin but also internally, are selected already at the time of harvest, in the first two weeks of October, choosing the loose bunches, with the berries not too close together, so that they let the circular 'air.

These small dark "nuggets" are distributed in a single layer on the plateaux, large wooden boxes, increasingly replaced by perforated plastic, for ventilation and to ensure faster washability after use.

The plateaux are stacked in the dryers, generally ventilated rooms above the houses and cellars. Useful position for those who have to turn and periodically check the grapes and then work them quickly, at the right time.

The dryers must be in positions where constant ventilation is allowed, controlled by suitably prepared windows, where the temperature can change gradually and where there is no stagnation of humidity. For this reason, some historic cellars are built on bumps and sides of hills in sometimes unlikely positions, outside the rules of small practicality.

Sometimes it was the location of the dryer that decided the location of the entire building.

Withering lasts about 120 days; the most evident visible consequence of this phase, in addition to the wilting of the berries, is the weight loss of the bunches which varies according to the type of grape.

In late January, early February, the grapes are pressed and the maceration on the skins is long.

The fermentation at low temperature is also very slow, even for 30/50 days. This serves to ensure that sugars, due to the effect of yeasts, are transformed into alcohol.

If the final wine maintains a low presence of sugars, it can be defined as Amarone. If the quantity is higher, Recioto is obtained instead.

The grapes left to dry cannot be vinified before December 1st.

A minimum aging of two years is required with effect from 1 January following the harvest.

All grape drying, vinification, seasoning and bottling operations must be carried out in the DOCG area.

What’s around


  • Villa della Torre Cazzola - 11 min walk
  • Allegrini Azienda Agricola - 15 min walk
  • Aquardens Spa - 5.7 mi / 9.1 km
  • Tommasi Viticoltori - 4.1 mi / 6.6 km
  • Fumane Cave - 4.2 mi / 6.7 km
  • Azienda Agricola Villa Giona - 4.3 mi / 7 km
  • Villa Mosconi Bertani - 5.8 mi / 9.4 km
  • Ospedale Sacro Cuore Don Calabria - 6.3 mi / 10.1 km
  • Molina Waterfall Park - 6.9 mi / 11.2 km
  • Adige River - 7.7 mi / 12.3 km
  • Riovalli Water Park - 8.5 mi / 13.7 km

Getting around

  • Valerio Catullo Airport (VRN) - 20 min drive
  • Gabriele D'Annuzio Airport (VBS) - 56 min drive
  • Domegliara-Sant'Ambrogio Station - 12 min drive
  • Sommacampagna-Sona Station - 16 min drive
  • Dolcè Station - 19 min drive
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Fumane, Veneto, Italy

The manager

Speaks: English, French, German

The home

Key facts

  • Vacation home (1615 sq ft)
  • Onsite parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Car recommended
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washing machine
  • Pets allowed


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bedroom one - 2 double beds
  • Bedroom two - 1 double bed and 2 child beds
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Full bathroom one - 1 shower, 1 bidet, and 1 toilet
  • Full bathroom two - 1 shower, 1 bidet, and 1 toilet
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper


  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster
  • Highchair
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Dining table

Entertainment and recreation

  • Smart TV with cable/satellite channels
  • Books
  • Near theme parks
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Winery tours nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Health or beauty spa nearby
  • Hunting nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Basketball nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Outlet shopping nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Zoo nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Private pool
  • Water park access
  • Fence around the pool


  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Fenced yard

Other amenities

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Beach loungers

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 8
  • Minimum check-in age: 0

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 5:00 PM
  • Check-out before 9:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

Travelling with others

  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only)
  • Restrictions apply*
  • 2 per room


  • All guests, including children, must be present at check-in and show their government-issued photo ID card or passport.

    Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 1999.99, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.

    For details on pet restrictions, contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock on site.

  • This property accepts cash.

Also known as

  • Ancient Dryer Valpolicella Grapes House Fumane
  • Ancient Grape Dryer in Valpolicella Private vacation home Fumane
  • Ancient Dryer Valpolicella Grapes Fumane
  • Ancient Dryer Valpolicella Gr
  • Ancient Dryer of Valpolicella Grapes
  • Ancient Grape Dryer in Valpolicella Fumane
  • Ancient Grape Dryer in Valpolicella Private vacation home


  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Yes, cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room.
  • You can check in starting at 5:00 PM. Check-out time is 9:00 AM.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Ai Pigni de Cerù (4-min walk), Valle dei Mulini (8-min walk), and Osteria n°1 (9-min walk).
  • Have fun with activities like cycling, fishing, and hiking, and practice your swing at the nearby golf course. Additional recreation nearby includes wildlife walks, basketball, and birdwatching. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the vacation home's other amenities, which include a water park and a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful Fumane

    We loved our stay in Fumane. Marco and Daniella have a beautiful property. It was a close drive to Lake Garda and Verona but the apartment in Fumane was very private and quiet. Highly recommend this for couples or families

    Lise F., 5 night trip, Oct. 28, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional


    Outstanding apartment in an ancient family compound. Marco gave good advice on things to do in the area. Really close to Lago Garda. Row of lakefront-villages no more than 30 minute drive. Easy drive into Verona. Also, Venezia is a relaxing 1 h 10 m train ride. On arrival, nice bottle of local waiting. Day, after a delicious cake baked by Daniela. Highly recommended by worldwide New Hampshire travelers.

    Robert C., Other trip, Oct. 6, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional


    Outstanding apartment in an ancient family compound. Marco gave good advice on things to do in the area. Really close to Lago Garda. Row of lakefront-villages no more than 30 minute drive. Easy drive into Verona. Also, Venezia is a relaxing 1 h 10 m train ride. On arrival, nice bottle of local waiting. Day, after a delicious cake baked by Daniela. Highly recommended by worldwide New Hampshire travelers.

    Robert C., 6 night trip, Sep. 30, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional


    Where to begin... Excellent communication with Marco and Daniela. Every mail was answered quickly and positively. We arrived later than usual, A warm and caring reception. At home everything as described and appears in the pictures. We fell in love with the location and the village that offers what is needed. The house is air-conditioned so we enjoy the heat outside and the coolness inside. The pool is big enough for us, clean and clear. The house has all the equipment needed for cooking and even more. In conclusion, it is strongly recommended. Family or couple vacation. We will make every effort to return. Thank you Marco and Daniela.

    gaby w., 4 night trip, Jun. 23, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great place, Marco was excellent.


    ada B., 6 night trip, May 30, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great place for our Wine tour.

    Great apartment set in a peaceful location in Fumane, with great access to the many wineries, some of which are within walking distance. Daniella and Marco are wonderful hosts, a surprise homemade cake was a very nice touch. The apartment is clean , well appointed and has all the needed kitchen and dining bits and pieces. We were able to walk to four great restaurants in Fumane 1-2 km away, and a good supermarket is only 10mins by car. If wine is not your thing then there is also easy access to Verona, Garda, Vicenza, Padova etc. Highly recommended.

    Emma F., 6 night trip, May 18, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Fumane Stay

    My recent trip to Italy was a blast. The host Marco has a lovely apartment facing a beautiful view of the most gorgeous yellow mansion in the mountains. The ceilings in the apartment were not that high in certain areas of the place. If you are 5’10 and up you would have to duck walking in the hallway other than that the place is great. I am not a drinker but occasionally, I like to sip on a glass of white wine. Upon arrival Marco provided a bottle of the best tasting red wine I have ever drank. I was surprised because I don’t like the dry bitterness taste of red wine. This bottle was out of this world. I can’t wait to visit again. Italy was a dream trip, and the food was amazing the people were also welcoming. Chow. I give the place a 9 only I hit my head on a beam. I felt good because I felt tall.

    Alan W., 4 night trip, Apr. 12, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Wonderful stay for Vinitaly

    We had a wonderful stay while attending Vinitaly. The recommendation for taking the train into Verona was excellent. the station is a 10 minute ride to the station and It's one stop to the central train station in Verona. The apartment is well appointed and very peaceful. Nicely kitchen, comfortable beds, laundry and plenty of room. The only drawback is the ceiling height. If your over 5'10" you need to be careful not to hit your head on the ceiling beams. But with that said great location, wonderful hosts, with good recommendations on resturants and local activivites.

    frank f., 4 night trip, Apr. 7, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    very good

    lovely apartment in rural location really enjoyed it

    Lynda D., 2 night trip, Oct. 29, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Fabulous property. Beautifully presented

    Marco and Daniela have a beautiful home. Well equipt with everything you might need. Lots of thoughtful touches and great communication. Delicious cake and wine!

    James W., 7 night trip, Aug. 25, 2018

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