Founded in 1033, the Cantina Negrar is one of the oldest viticultural cooperatives in Italy. Its 230 members, all long-standing winemaking families in the Veneto region, are dedicated to caring for their lands and producing the finest wines using natural viticultural methods.
Negrar achieved immediate success with an award for excellence at the 1935 Universal Exposition in Brussels for one of their Ripasso wines, and then in 1936 actually invented the Amarone style of wine after leaving a Recioto wine to ferment all the way to dry wine.
Le Preare is the flagship brand for the Cantina’s Valpolicella wines, made of the indigenous Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella.
Le Preare Valpolicella Ripasso
Le Preare Amarone della Valpolicella
The Cantina works carefully to nurture the lands they steward, optimizing soil conditions, planting grasses, legumes and other low plants under the vines, and practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) rather than spraying. Soil fertility is maintained with green manure and legume interplantings rather than use of chemical fertilizers.
The facility is eco-friendly, using LED lighting and water recycling, packaging is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified (glue & paint free, recycled content), and the winery uses lightweight glass to lower the shipping footprint.