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The Art of Hospitality

San Michele

Villa

The Art of Hospitality

Dating back to the 12th century as an agricultural residence serving the Abbey of San Zeno Maggiore, and later a home for Austrian officers until 1866, Villa San Michele holds a rich cultural heritage connecting Milan and Venice, serving as the backdrop for the story of Ugolini wines.

 

Its interiors unfold harmoniously from the ancient hearth crowned with the Lombard Venetian emblem in the Blue Room to the piano and exquisite tapestry depicting Archangel Michael in the Red Room, from the warm ambiance of the Historic Kitchen for intimate tastings to the luminous Ivory Room, a former barn reimagined with the authenticity of stone and wood from the Valle di Fumane. The Map Room invites you to explore the Habsburg portico, where geographic representations merge with the valley's natural beauty.

Map Room

The wine savored in the Map Room is a delightful homage to the seasons and the local terroir. Built during the Habsburg era, the portico showcases three large maps by artist Luigi Scattolin, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Valle di Fumane in Valpolicella Classica. A perfect blend of beauty, flavor, and aroma.

The wine savored in the Blue Room exudes authority. Adorned with the Lion of Venice and the Biscione of Milan, the emblem recalls its Habsburg heritage as a residence for Austrian officers. Above the grand fireplace, Milan and Venice are elevated to the level of Vienna, symbolizing the transformation of the ancient country house into an imperial residence.

Blue Room

Red Room

The wine savored in the Red Room is caressed by art. During the Ugolini Wine Tour, guests are treated to the Wine & Opera experience, where Maria Giuditta Guglielmi, a member of the Ugolini family and a trained opera singer from the Milan Conservatory, pairs five operas with five estate wines. The wines enjoyed at Villa San Michele resonate with the essence of the earth that nurtured their grapes, blended with the timeless melodies of classical music through Opera, recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

This is where the true identity of the wine is brought to life; a taste that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

The wine savored in the Historic Kitchen evokes medieval atmospheres. Modeled after Castelvecchio in Verona and designed for hospitality, it embodies the transformation of a peasant house into an inn. The tiles, retrieved from the Abbey of San Zeno and re-chiselled by the will of the founder of Ugolini Vini, depict the directives given monthly by the delegated prior monk of the Abbey of San Zeno (situated just above the peasant church of San Michele Arcangelo, also known as San Micheletto) in Corte Quaranta, to the forty farmers entrusted with the lands.

Historic Kitchen

Ivory Room

The wine savored in the Ivory Room encapsulates variety and character. The Wine Room, once the stables of the Austro-Hungarian barracks, now serves as an exhibition hall for wines and trophies, showcasing the quality accolades earned throughout the years at different stages of Ugolini wines' evolution. From there, visitors can enter the former hayloft, transformed into the spacious main tasting area, renovated with a modern touch while preserving the traditional wood and stone elements characteristic of the Valle di Fumane.

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