2020 Best of Wine Tourism awards: a prize for the Tommasi family’s accommodation. This prestigious accolade goes to the Villa Quaranta Wine Hotel & SPA, which will now compete for the Global Award. Villa Quaranta Wine Hotel & SPA, the Tommasi family’s historic country house on the outskirts of the Valpolicella Classica zone, has won the 2020 Best of Wine Tourism award for the accommodation offering the best hospitality in its area. This prize has been bestowed by the International Competition devoted to excellence in wine tourism around the world. The award is conferred by the Verona Chamber of Commerce and is part of the joint project of the Great Wine Capitals, the network created between ten cities that represent excellence in wine production worldwide (from Bilbao to Adelaide, and including Bordeaux, the Napa Valley, Chile and Argentina), in which Verona is Italy’s representative. The competition rewards those establishments that stand out thanks to the quality of their wine tourism-related services within various categories, which range from the cultural, artistic and architectural spheres to that of sustainable practices in the tourist sector, as well as those of accommodation and catering. «The welcome of a family, the services of a fine hotel, the eclecticism of a complex that has grown and evolved over the years, as well as the teamwork exemplified by all of the staff – under the direction of Luca Carrara – have resulted in a high-quality process of development of which we are very proud» state Michela and Barbara Tommasi, who are in charge of Villa Quaranta. «Hospitality is a fundamental and strategic part of the overall picture of Tommasi Family Estates. Not only wine, but also all the experiences and emotions that are connected with it, from the shared enjoyment of dining together to the wellness and meeting opportunities: all of these are available in a unique and exclusive venue that will satisfy the demands of any consumer who chooses our brand. In all of Tommasi’s locations that provide hospitality, from Villa Quaranta to the Mazzanti Hotel in the center of Verona and the nearby Caffè Dante Bistrot, as well as the Poggio al Tufo agriturismo in the Maremma district of Tuscany – and, last but not least, at the historic Winery at Pedemonte, which has now been completely refurbished – one can enjoy unique experiences in absolutely authentic places. These are also strongly characterized by the identity of a family that has transmitted the values of craftsmanship and quality for four generations. After the appreciation we have had from our clients, we are now receiving more formal accolades and we can challenge the world’s most prestigious wine capitals on level terms. The Best of Wine Tourism Award confirms the success of the path we have undertaken and gives us great motivation for our other projects, including the upcoming restoration of Villa De Buris». Villa Quaranta is a complex that combines history and modernity: 79 rooms in a unique style, a 17th century manor that contains the Ristorante Borgo Antico, a centuries-old park for outdoor activities, and a little Romanesque church for intimate celebrations. Modernity pulses in the eclectic spaces of the Conference Center, an impressive venue for any type of event of up to 450 people. Gourmets can enjoy a full immersion in the world of wine and food: a list of more than 1300 wines (given a 2-Glass rating by the prestigious American magazine “Wine Spectator” for five consecutive years) accompanies our gastronomic offerings, which are often inspired by the wines themselves. Choosing a tasting in the Bottega del Gusto or in the Cantina in Villa is an unforgettable cultural and sensory experience. Wine therapy, with revitalizing, anti-aging treatments based on Valpolicella and Amarone wines, is the pride of the Terme della Valpolicella beauty farm: 2500 square meters divided up between spa and fitness areas, 5 indoor and 1 outdoor swimming pools filled with spring water, and a medical center (served by eminent specialists) to take full advantage of the anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties of the salt-, bromide- and iodine-rich water. Villa Quaranta is an integral part of the Tommasi family’s corporate strategy, which seeks to promote the outstanding features of the terroir of Valpolicella Classica. This area derives its great richness and beauty from its wine, its vine-clad hills, and its natural attractions: a series of factors which – with vivacity and enthusiasm – the Tommasi family highlights in every experience in which wine plays a part, and in wine tourism and hospitality in particular.