In our day we, his nephews Carlo and Mario, continue this old and passionate pursuit, introducing new technologies and new avant-garde processing both in wineyards and in the winery. We only sell wine from our own grapes production, our vineyards are cultivated in a traditional way with little modern equipment, and minimum use of chemical products. We produce about 60.000 bottles of Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore, Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG.
The Brunelli winery is strictly bound to the area of San Pietro in Cariano. And it is right here that, vinedresser, oenologist, entrepreneur and craftsman Luigi Brunelli created one of the flagships of his wine cellar: the Amarone Riserva. It comes in two kinds: Campo Inferi and Campo dei Titari, both sumptuous and enveloping, produced with only 4000 kg grapes in the best years.
Valpolicella Classico Doc 2015, Classico Superiore Doc 2012, Ripasso Doc Pariondo 2013, Amarone Classico Docg 2012, Corte Cariano short-drying period 100% Corvina, and Recioto Classico Docg 2014 are the wines completing the “red” section. But the house also proposes “white”, with special Amarone formats, from 0.375 bottles to the 6 litre Mathusalem.
Luigi and his wife Luciana run their family business professionally. Luciana has created a special wine line featuring male and feminine values. Emotions handed over, from the producer to the consumer. The wines are the creation of limestone, stony soil, rich in clay and in indigenous vine varieties.
Grape drying makes the Brunellis' secret, especially when it comes to Amarone and Recioto. Among the awards boasted by the Brunelli winery, we find the quality-for-money prize awarded to Valpolicella Classico Doc 2013, listed in Gambero Rosso's Guida Berebene 2015 guide, and the 5 grappoli 2016 (five bunches) achieved for Amarone Campo Inferi 2010.
Special for weddings, Brunelli also proposes a very special bonbonnière, containing an Amarone pack with a bottle and two glasses.
The Antolini winery farms 9 hectares vineyards scattered within Marano di Valpolicella, San Pietro in Cariano (Semonte locality), and Negrar (Cà Coato locality). Since1992, Stefano and his brother Pier Paolo have been growing vines 150 and 350 metres above sea level. They work respecting the environment, using suitable pesticides. Their land, basically clayey, holds water and is characterised by remarkable thermal excursion.
The ideal setting for producing scented, olfactively complex, wines. Bearing in mind tradition, they are immune to fads, constantly pursuing specificity combined with quality. “Growing vines is no ordinary job, vines need to be bred individually, just like creatures".
Among the wines proposed by Antolini, we find Valpolicella Classico 2014, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014, Amarone Classico Moròpio 2012, Amarone Cà Coato (2011 and 2012), and Recioto di Valpolicella Classico 2015. The breeding method is per area, double pergola, with medium 1×4 planting density. Many rows are planted on "marogne", typical dry-stone walls.
The wine cellar was completed in 2001. The first floor is devoted to the room where grapes are dried, the ground floor includes the warehouse and the bottling area, while outside we find cutting-edge winemaking machines for the fermentation. The basement holds the steel tanks and, beneath it, lies the ageing cellar, with barrels and barriques.
It is an open wine cellar, which also features two tasting rooms, perfect for parties of maximum 25 guests.
Being brought up in a vinedresser's family, and having taken his first steps among the vineyards, Sebastiano Righetti, a young producer from the village of Fumane, decided to follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps - a path perfectly combining tradition and modernity.
His vineyards, which he personally tends to, are located in specially devoted spots, in the the very heart of the Valpolicella Classica area: Creari, Campetto, Campo di Sotto. “Crosarola”, a family-run business, was established in 2000, and since then has been processing Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Molinara, and Oseleta grapes. Such varietis are complemented by some Cabernet Sauvignon and Rebo rows, essential for his special grape blend.
The pursuit of quality, and the best vintage grape selection, stimulate Sebastiano to produce Valpolicella Classico Doc 2015, Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso Doc 2013, El Boteghin Igt 2012 (obtained by blending 2008 and 2009 wine), Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010, and Recioto Classico della Valpolicella Docg 2012. They are all created under natural conditions, with no rush.
A range of natural products, passionate and intriguing. Wines that have also gained international recognition, like the silver medal at the ”La selezione del sindaco” (The Mayor's selection) contest, in 2006. Crosarola is a small winery able to create great wines.
Fratelli Vogadori is a family winery in Negrar, the heart of the Classico area of the Valpolicella.
Fratelli is the italian for brother: Alberto, Gaetano and Emanuele work together their vineyards and produce the great wines of this generous land. Valpolicella, Ripasso, Recioto, Raffaello and Amarone wines are appreciated all around the world.
The passion for the land has been handed down from generation to generation: for a good wine you should start from the vineyard.
So the decision to avoid chemical treatments on the vineyards, using only natural fertilizers and cutting the extra bunches while they are still green to allow the vine to reach the highest quality.
Gamba Gnirega farm is based in Valgatara, and belongs to brothers Giovanni, Giuseppe and Martino Aldrighetti. The siblings painstakingly handle the whole production process: from farming to pressing, from winemaking to bottling. This because they are well aware that unique wine must be cared for, in any tiny detail - especially nowadays.
But also the grapes are well looked after! That means Gamba winemakers only use high-quality grapes, which yield wines whose features reflect the peculiarities of the estate, which is closely bound to the Valpolicella Classica area. The six-hectare vineyard is arranged on terraces, in the rolling hills, around 300 metres above sea level. Intense and full-bodied Amarone Campedel is the gem of the wine cellar. Campedel also features Valpolicella Ripasso and the Igt (Igt = recognition awarded to wine from a specific area in Italy) wine, exclusive to this producer, made from Croatina, Corvina and Corvinone grapes. The "Le Quare" range lists Amarone, Ripasso, Valpolicella Classico, Recioto della Valpolicella Doc and Rosso Veronese.
Guided visits can help you understand, at least visually and through taste and smell, the quality of Gamba winemakers' products.
La Giaretta winery's story started back in the late 1950s, in the very heart of the Valpolicella area. Its champion was wine lover Bruno Vaona, who opened a wondrous symphony, pervaded by taste and aroma, which was proudly taken over by the family, who still look after their own vineyards, making wines that convey the authentic spirit of the area.
The range includes the "I Quadretti": Amarone della Valpolicella Docg Classico, aged three years in French oak barrels, and Valpolicella Ripasso Doc Classico Superiore, aged two years plus other six/seven months in the bottle. Long processes, which allow wine to take on its own shape and also surprise, especially if paired with hearty dishes.
And there is more to discover: Amarone della Valpolicella Docg Classico, Recioto della Valpolicella Docg Classico, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore, Valpolicella DOC Volpare and Cor di Vin 95. The latter is created with 95% Corvina grapes, mixed with 5% French Marselan.
But La Giaretta does not only stand for wine! The store also proposes Grappa di Amarone della Valpolicella. It is a smooth white grappa, obtained by distilling Amarone della Valpolicella marc -and needs no further introduction once it meets your palate!