Valle d'Illasi, Verona
... over forty years have passed since our parents established this small winery, which is humble yet run with much enthusiasm.
In the past, the grapes we grew were delivered to the local Cantina Sociale (cooperative wine cellar). Seven of us, brothers and cousins, inherited a business that we now run. Requiring our full involvement and commitment, it has now grown to a considerable size.
A love of country life and a passion for vine growing, in the first instance, have led to the creation of Ilatium. We are involved in producing fine wines such as Soave, Valpolicella and Amarone, the quintessence of our warm lands of Illasi, which has deep-rooted excellence.
The origins or our village date back to the ancient Romans who, when passing through the area in the search for remote lands to conquer, found an ideal environment for the cultivation of grapes, olives and fruit trees. The locals were quick to call them the Latii, "those from Lazio", qualifying them as "strangers", foreigners. Historical findings - a few worn stones that surfaced by accident ploughing the fields - are a testament to the fact that we, with poorly hidden pride, are the depositaries of two thousand years of history.
Two thousand years that invited our rural populations to tame this sylvan land, and that today provides us with the good things that nature has to offer and that the whole world envies us: our wine. Memory is what makes a country great and everything that our past is built of is the result of passion, dedication, sacrifice. The name Ilatium reminds us and everyone that appreciates good wine of our roots are ancient and noble, as ancient and noble are the bouquets of the wines that we offer.
We thrive in making fine wines that enrich the taste and soul.