5 reasons to be proud of 2020

2020 has been a year we'll never forget.
Not only because it was particularly trying for all of us, but because it genuinely brought noteworthy results.

  1. A shower of awards rewarded the ongoing work of Giancarlo with his team of oenologists, Emiliano Falsini and Fabio Mecca-Paternoster.
    Ca 'Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg Riserva 2012 received Tre Bicchieri recognition in the Gambero Rosso 2021 guide, the Corona in the ViniBuoni d'Italia 2021 guide, the 5 Grappoli in the Bibenda 2021 Guide, the 3 Stelle in the Veronelli 2021 guide and excellent scores by international critics, of which 94 points awarded by James Suckling and Falstaff stand out.
    Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso and 5 Grappoli from Bibenda also for Casisano Brunello di Montalcino 2015 doc, which received excellent 90+ marks internationally from renowned publications like James Suckling, Vinous, Decanter, Falstaff e Meininger's, and in particular 94 points from Wine Spectator.
    Top honors arrived for Paternoster, which confirms its status as an icon and benchmark for Aglianico del Vulture: Ddon Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture doc 2015 and Rotondo Aglianico del Vulture doc 2017 dominate every ranking.
  2. 2020 was also an important milestone year for our Lugana Le Fornaci project. We've strongly believed in Lugana, both as wine and place, and are heavily invested in our dream to expand and develop one of our most important projects to date. Tenuta Le Fornaci consists of three main vineyards located in different areas of the Lugana DOC for a total of 45 hectares: two parcels located inland and a larger one towards Lake Garda in Sirmione.
    A press event last August on a sailboat celebrated amidst Lake Garda's wind, vocation and wine symbolized that the project linked to the Lugana doc has officially set sail. The positive response to Le Fornaci Lugana doc 2019 in the principal markets and recognition from critics is a sign that the launch is on course for success.
    Everything is set for 2021, which will see the spring launch of Le Fornaci Rosè 2020, a blend that will delight the most demanding palates, followed the autumn launch of Le Fornaci Lugana doc Riserva 2018.
  3. 2020 saw a stellar rise in digital activity. We organized Tommasi Digital Days, a series of special appointments and training dedicated to our Italian sales force and Ho.Re. Ca. customers. Our importers and international customers participated in specially organized seminars and digital tastings. Connections, the importance of maintaining and strengthening relationships built over the years, have always been a focal point of our business.
    Consumers also had a chance to participate in a series of special tastings via Instagram live and Winemaker dinners, conducted by Giancarlo Tommasi and special guests. Guests were able to converse firsthand and learn about the wines and his work. These events brought us into the kitchens of food and wine lovers, where we prepared a meal together, joined by the conviviality of a good glass of wine.
    The digital activity boosted our end-of-year results, where we see positive signs for retail and e-commerce sales, the real boom in 2020.
  4. We never stood still; we've got projects to conclude and new ones to launch. We are working on the expansion and adaptation of our headquarters and winery in Pedemonte. Those who've visited us at our Wine Shop witnessed how much progress we've made, always with the intent to guarantee maximum quality. We're defining the projects to expand the Casisano-Montalcino, Poggio al Tufo-Maremma and Caseo-Oltrepò wineries. We just completed new vineyards at Poggio al Tufo - Maremma and Masseria Surani - Puglia.
    Other exciting wine-related projects will come to light next year. The first and foremost will be the spring launch of our first Metodo Classico from Tenuta Caseo in Oltrepò Pavese, the home of Pinot Noir.
  5. What was never lacking in 2020 was the Strength of Family: a family that remained tight-knit and well organized, ready to respond with agility and flexibility to fluctuating and unpredictable change. This year, called on us to find effective alternatives and quick responses as we managed a sizeable company and above all the human resources. Not only were we able to guarantee work, despite the challenges of 2020, we were also able to hire new employees and expand our team.

This 2020 brought us gratification, creativity and new stimuli for our future.
We now look onward with hope and confidence to 2021, just around the corner.


James Suckling rewards Tommasi

The impossibility of traveling among the vineyards and cellars around the world does not stop the work of wine criticism.
James Suckling, one of the most important wine critics in the world, tastes thousands of labels every year from his headquarters in Hong Kong.
His love for Italian wines is well known.

Excellent performances for Tommasi wines, especially Ca'Florian Amarone Riserva docg 2012, which confirmes its premium attitude to being awarded and our Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg, which deserves beautiful 94 points score with the new 2016 vintage.

TOMMASI CA’ FLORIAN AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO RISERVA DOCG, 2012 – 94
This is really showing lots of dried fruit with sultana, white-pepper and fig flavors. It’s full and very tight with a long, intense finish. Chewy and gorgeous now. Very classic with a light touch of bitterness at the finish.

TOMMASI AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOCG, 2016 – 94
A rich, layered Amarone with lots of fruit. Bright, sliced dried citrus to the ripe and juicy fruit. It’s full-bodied and compact with a beautiful finish and transparency

TOMMASI RAFAÈL VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC, 2018 – 93 
A beautiful valpo with delicious berry, light sandalwood and chocolate. Flavor throughout. Such balance, intensity and length and a creamy texture. A wine you want to drink. Lovely now.

TOMMASI LE FORNACI LUGANA DOC, 2019 – 91
A beautiful valpo with delicious berry, light sandalwood and chocolate. Flavor throughout. Such balance, intensity and length and a creamy texture. A wine you want to drink. Lovely now.

TOMMASI CREARO ROSSO VERONA IGT, 2017 – 90
A pleasant red with ripe-berry and light pepper character. Medium body, round tannins and a juicy finish


Tre Bicchieri Casisano Brunello 2015

Casisano Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. vintage 2015 has deserved Tre bicchieri award from the prestigious wine guide Vini d’Italia - Il Gambero Rosso

Our journey to the metaphorical summit of Montalcino began in 2015, when Casisano, a panoramic 53-hectare estate in southeastern Montalcino, became part of our family, crowning a visionary viticultural project.
During these years we have worked hard with passion and dedication.
Giancarlo Tommasi and Emiliano Falsini, together with the whole team, developed a precise and well-defined project, marked by quality and excellence.

2015 was the first vintage entirely managed by our family and the accolades certainly indicate that the direction taken is the right one.

«The first Brunello that we have supervised from the vineyard to the winery» underlines Casisano’s enologist Emiliano Falsini, «is the synthesis of an ideal year and a special terroir: a wine of great depth, structure and elegance, destined to continue evolving with age in the bottle».

Is 2015 “the vintage of the century”, as some international wine writers have suggested? Some people have no doubt but, irrespective of individual points of view, we are undoubtedly talking about an outstanding year.

The 2015 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino, which has been on the market since early January, already began to be talked about several months ago in various parts of the world. In the United States in particular, critics’ judgments were so enthusiastic as to arouse unprecedented expectations. These opinions were confirmed in Montalcino itself. The 2015 vintage was in fact given its maximum rating by the Brunello Consortium’s Tasting Panel: “5 stars”, which equates to “exceptional”.

 

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2015 Casisano Brunello di Montalcino DOCG: an excellent example of the vintage’s distinctive characteristics.
The wine is produced with selected 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes, selected in the nine hectares of vineyards of Podere Casisano, which are exclusively dedicated to the production of Brunello.

During the tastings, Casisano Brunello 2015 immediately stood out thanks to its characteristics and personality. It opens up to the nose with an elegant and fresh complexity of fruity and spicy notes typical of Sangiovese. The harmony on the palate is very attractive, with a rich structure that is accompanied by velvety tannins and great persistence.
It is no accident that this new wine immediately obtained some significant scores:
94/100 from James Suckling
94/100 from Wine Spectator
94/100 from Falstaff
93/100 from Decanter
91/100 from Robert Parker Wine Advocate
17+ /20 from Jancis Robinson

Here the LINK to download all the awards

 


Tommasi hospitality awarded by TripAdvisor

Tripadvisor, attributes the Traveller's Choice 2020 to all the Tommasi Family Estates Hospitality facilities

For the first time the whole hospitality department: Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & SPARistorante Borgo AnticoCaffè Dante BistrotAlbergo Mazzanti e Agriturismo Poggio al Tufo have been awarded with the Trip Advisor's "Travelers Choice 2020".

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The Travelers' Choice Award is given to hotels and restaurants, which demonstrate the constant achievement of excellent results in the hospitality sector.
It is the only travel industry award based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.
This annual recognition reflects "the best of the best" in service, quality and customer satisfaction, from hotels and accommodations to destinations, attractions, restaurants and experiences.

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This important accolade is based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, before any changes caused by the pandemic.
Award winners are known for consistently receiving great feedback from travelers, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses worldwide.

The Travelers' Choice Award rewards popular choices, but also truly exceptional ones, which ensure travelers return to where they have already stayed.

We are very proud of the award that rewards our deep commitment to offer excellence.

"Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers/diners as the world begins to venture out again

Hospitality is an important part of Tommasi Family Estates project, it has always been essential to combine catering with wine, as a support for the enhancement of the territory and the product.

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The Nineties of the last century are marked by a return to origins, when in the twenties and thirties, Giacomo, founder of the company, took over two taverns in Verona and Parona.

The Tommasi family return to hospitality by combining well-being with food and wine culture. They bought Villa Quaranta in Pescantina, in the Valpolicella area, today no longer just a hotel, but also a congress center and a beautiful SPA. The idea is to make the wines known, not only to Italians, but also to foreigners from all over the world, in a high-level place.

A few years later another ambitious project awaits them: reopening the ancient Caffè Dante, the living room of Verona.
In February 2008 the dream came true and the Tommasi family revived the local historian. Today Caffè Dante Bistrot offers traditional cuisine accompanied by an important Italian wine list.
Next to Caffè Dante Bistrot, the Mazzanti Hotel, a historic mansion, adjacent to Piazza delle Erbe, with elegant rooms in a structure in line with the art and culture of the historic center of Verona, a friendly staff that is attentive to your needs.

Promotion of the territory which also applies to the Tuscan Maremma, the Poggio al Tufo estate welcomes an eight-room farmhouse obtained from a historic farmhouse, renovated respecting the local architecture and materials, it welcomes guests and wine lovers in the middle of the vineyards.

 


Merano WineFestival 2020 awards

On August the 16th The WineHunter by Helmuth Köcher has published online the guide The WineHunter Award, which assigns its coveted awards in the  Wine, Food - Spirits - Beer categories.

From the 6th to the 10th of November the 29th edition of Merano WineFestival returns 'back to the roots' celebrating its origins in the name of excellence and elegance.
An extraordinary edition adapted to the anti-COVID-19 regulations but characterized by a traditional format: this is "Merano Winefestival, back to the roots" scheduled from 6 to 10 November.

The COVID-19 emergency will not upset the traditional format of the event, which since 1992 has made the Merano WineFestival the most glamorous food & wine event in the world.
Helmuth Köcher thought of a traditional event respecting the health and safety of producers and visitors, also with the help of new digital content.

This year our wines have deserved excellent scores and awards, with the Paternoster Rotondo we are in the list of the 100 best wines selected by The WineHunter.

Here are the award-winning wines that we will be able to taste together next November:

Tommasi Viticoltori
Ca 'Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Docg Riserva 2012 - Gold Award
Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Docg 2016 - Red Award

Casisano
Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Docg 2013 - Gold Award
Brunello di Montalcino Docg 2015 - Red Award

Paternoster
Rotondo Aglianico del Vulture Doc 2016 - Platinum Award
Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture 2017 - Red Award

De Buris
De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Doc Riserva 2009 - Platinum Award

 


2015: unforgettable Brunello di Montalcino

The international wine press is in agreement in including 2015 among the “memorable” years for Brunello di Montalcino. Let us discover together the motives for this opinion by considering the specific characteristics of production, as commented on by a number of experts.
Is 2015 “the vintage of the century”, as some international wine writers have suggested? Some people have no doubt but, irrespective of individual points of view, we are undoubtedly talking about an outstanding year.
The 2015 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino, which has been on the market since early January, already began to be talked about several months ago in various parts of the world. In the United States in particular, critics’ judgments were so enthusiastic as to arouse unprecedented expectations. These opinions were confirmed in Montalcino itself. The 2015 vintage was in fact given its maximum rating by the Brunello Consortium’s Tasting Panel: “5 stars”, which equates to “exceptional”.
This Panel, made up of 20 wine technicians who work in Montalcino, has always been very wary of stating that a vintage is really excellent. Since 1945, “5 stars” have only been given to the 1945, 1955, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1975, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 vintages. To these have now been added 2015 and also 2016. These evaluations certify that production is of ever-increasing quality, with vintages that are being jealously put away in wine lovers’ cellars.
In the Panel’s tasting notes, one finds the motives for the 2015 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino being awarded its highest rating.
Intense aromas of ripe fruit; an excellent rapport between tannic structure and acidity; great persistence of the aromatic sensations both on the nose and palate: the almost 50 samples tasted by the Panel revealed the profile of a wine with positive yet gentle tannins, remarkable balance and notable freshness, sustained by classic notes of ripe red fruits. The around ten and a half million bottles of this Brunello from a very favorable year will be able to stand up to considerable aging, giving great results even in the long term. 2015 will in fact be remembered for a winter with very little rain, followed by a spring whose temperatures were substantially in line with the average, and with limited rainfall. These climatic conditions allowed the vines to remain well-balanced and the resulting wine to express its potential to the full. Indeed, even immediately after the harvest, the grapes were characterized by remarkably elegant tannins and notably complex aromas.
The evaluations and ratings of Italian and international wine writers give a highly positive picture of the 2015 vintage.
Now that the 2015 vintage has been launched onto the market, it is interesting to compare the opinions of some authoritative experts, and in particular to verify – based on their comments – whether this is really a year that is destined to be included in the history books. Someone who is convinced that it will is James Suckling, one of the most influential critics in the world of wine and a writer with a profound knowledge of the Brunello region. “The 2015 vintage is a historical year for Brunello di Montalcino that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years. My son Jack and I have tasted 187 2015 Brunellos so far this year and the quality is terrific”.
He is echoed by Monica Larner (of “Robert Parker The Wine Advocate”): "Fruit has never been more beautiful than it was in the picture-perfect 2015 vintage. What impresses most about 2015 is the consistently high quality delivered across the board. As a whole, the wines are homogenous and uniform in terms of their intensity, depth and generosity. House styles may differ from producer to producer, but these wines are united by the energy, exuberance and radiance that come naturally to a beautifully warm and sunny vintage like 2015”.
A little more cautious in his enthusiasm is Walter Speller, the correspondent in Italy for the prestigious English site of Jancis Robinson: "I am never one to immediately write up my assessment after a comprehensive tasting of any new vintage because I like to take my time to reflect…. ‘Seductive’ is a word that sums up many of the 2015 Brunellos… 2015 is what the market has been waiting for and I expect it will be a commercial success”.
Daniele Cernilli, director and editor of “The Essential Guide to Italian Wine", expresses an opinion that tends to underline the variety of the individual wines being presented: “The 2015 vintage, thanks to the natural conditions and the experience of the various producers, reveals diversity and distinctive characteristics. However, it is obvious that there isn’t going to be a homogeneous style among more than 250 producers. What stands out is that the good producers are becoming increasingly good and are increasingly numerous, whereas others plod along, trapped in a rigid way of conducting their vineyards and winery, one that is too anchored to a tradition that belongs to the past, when weather conditions were different from those of today”.
2015 Casisano Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.: an excellent example of the vintage’s distinctive characteristics.
During the “Benvenuto Brunello” preview tastings the Tommasi family presented its “very own” 2015 Casisano Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.: the 2015 is in fact the first to be completely supervised – from the vine to the bottle – by enologists Giancarlo Tommasi and Emiliano Falsini.  This new wine, made entirely from Sangiovese Grosso grapes, comes from the nine hectares of the Casisano estate that are devoted exclusively to the production of Brunello. During the tastings, the Casisano Brunello 2015 immediately stood out thanks to its characteristics and personality. Its elegant, fresh yet complex nose opens up with the fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese.  The harmony on the palate is very attractive, with a rich structure that is accompanied by velvety tannins and great persistence. It is no accident that this new wine immediately obtained some significant scores: 94/100 from jamessuckling.com, 91/100 from robertparker.com Wine Advocate and 17+ from jancisrobinson.com.
This was an excellent debut, therefore, especially in view of the wine’s future development. In fact, the 2016 vintage is already offering important indications of its quality. James Suckling declared: “Another important thing to remember is the high quality of the 2016 vintage. The Brunellos will be available in January 2021, a year after 2015. We only tasted a dozen or so 2016s and they were fantastic quality. But we have our doubts about whether the vintage will be better than 2015. Regardless, we clearly have two excellent back-to-back vintages”.
Monica Larner, on the other hand, was firmer in her judgment: “However, barrel tastings suggest that the upcoming 2016 vintage is distinguished by more acidic freshness. The 2016 vintage is likely superior to 2015 in terms of longevity and cellar aging”.
Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast agreed with this opinion, describing the 2016 as “great” and saying that it “promises to be a truly outstanding year in Montalcino thanks to near perfect growing conditions for Sangiovese. Barrel tastings show 2016 has the potential for fragrant, structured and focused wines that boast finesse and serious longevity”.
It therefore remains to be seen what outstanding ratings there will be for the 2016 vintage, which many are already claiming will be superior to its predecessor.


Villa Quaranta is the Global Winner Best of Wine Tourism International Award 2020

Great Wine Capitals: Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & SPA is the Global Winner Best of Wine Tourism International Award.  A great accolade for the Tommasi family’s hospitality.
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Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & SPA, the historic residence of the Tommasi family, in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica, is the Global Winner at the Best of Wine Tourism International Award 2020.
The Best of Wine Tourism International awards, the international competition that rewards excellence in world wine tourism,  was held last night in Bordeaux, France during a gala dinner attended by the regional winners nominated last June, the authorities of the Chamber of Commerce of Bordeaux and Verona, and the Consuls from each participating country.
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«We are very honored to receive this coveted award, which rewards the foresight of an investment made by our parents in 1992. - Michela Tommasi states - Since then, our family has worked to spread knowledge and appreciation of the unique territories of Verona and the Valpolicella Classica, here in Italy, and throughout the world. We speak of  beauty and the intrinsic values, not only through wine production, but also by expanding the touchpoints to hospitality, which has always been in our DNA. Today, Tommasi represents Italian excellence with award winning wines present in more than 70 countries around the world. Today, we are particularly proud to have had this opportunity to also shine in the international spotlight for our wine hospitality business»
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The prize confirms the innovation and excellence of wine tourism at Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & SPA worldwide within the project of the Great Wine Capitals, the network created between ten capital cities of world wine excellence ( from Bilbao to Adelaide, passing through Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Chile and Argentina), and to Italy, represented by Verona.
The competition rewards those establishments that stand out for the excellence of their wine tourism-related services within various categories. The judges evaluate cultural, artistic and architectural aspects, sustainable practices in the tourism sector, as well as the overall quality of the accommodations and catering.
«A few months ago we were nominated the regional winner in Verona in the hospitality category, and went on to compete for the International award among the other 9 regional winners nominated from other cities. - continues the director Luca Carrara - A heartfelt thanks goes to the whole Tommasi family for the continuous courage to invest in improvements to the products and services at Villa Quaranta, which allows us to compete with the best of global wine tourism and win. Needless to say, all the investments in the world would be useless without a first class staff. I am proud to say that I manage a great group of competent professionals, passionate about what they do here every day.»
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«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 the commitment of the staff -  says Barbara Tommasi - have resulted in a high-quality process of development of which we are very proud. Hospitality is a fundamental and strategic part of the overall vision of Tommasi Family Estates. Not only wine, but also a sum of the experiences and emotions that are connected to 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.»
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 area 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 settings.
Each of them bear the identity of a family that has transmitted the values of craftsmanship and quality for four generations.
 
Villa Quaranta is an integral part of the Tommasi family’s corporate strategy, which promotes the rich traditions, culture and terroir of the Valpolicella Classica. The area is imbibed with the beauty of its wines, the vine-clad hills, quaint towns and natural attractions, and together, represent a constant source of inspiration as we enthusiastically continue to find ways to delight our guests with unforgettable experiences.
 
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Best of Wine Tourism 2020: Premiata la ricettività della famiglia Tommasi.

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.


BEST of 2018

It has been a great year rich in excellent reviews and accolades.
Here the Best of 2018 by the most renowned wine critics and magazines
94 | Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg, 2013
Complex and beautiful aromas of blackberry, spice and coffee follow through to a full body and silky and polished tannins. Intense fruit is tied into a firm and polished tannin backbone. Beautiful now but better in 2019. - James Suckling
92 | Tommasi Ca' Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg, 2010
A rich and dense Amarone that nevertheless remains vivid and agile with plenty of fine tannins and fresh acidity. Medium to full body, fruity and delicious. Drink now and enjoy. - James Suckling
92 | Casisano Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva docg, 2012
Elegant yet powerful, with cherry, plum, iron and tobacco flavors pulsing throughout. Wild herb and spicy accents ride the lingering finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. - B. Sanderson, Wine Spectator
90 | Casisano Brunello di Montalcino docg, 2013
Firm, laced with cherry, leather and earth flavors, this red is chewy, with dusty tannins building on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. - B. Sanderson, Wine Spectator
93 | Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo Toscana igt, 2016
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and flowers following through to a full body with firm and chewy tannins. A long and flavorful finish. Structured now. Needs two or three years to soften. Try in 2020. - James Suckling
96 | Paternoster Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture doc, 2013
The top shelf wine in the Paternoster portfolio is the 2013 Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo. This very attractive and elegant vintage reveals a beautiful bouquet with extremely chiseled and focused fruit. The cool growing season results in bright aromas of dark berry, spice, licorice and campfire ash. There is a tangy element, too, with grilled herb and rosemary essence. This full-bodied wine is robust and amply structured at the back. This vintage is superior to 2015 in terms of linearity and sharpness. The 2016 vintage should enjoy an exceptionally long period of bottle evolution and aging. - M. Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
91 | Surani Dionysos Primitivo di Manduria Riserva doc, 2013
A meaty primitivo that shows raspberries and cherry cake, as well as some charcuterie. Full body, ripe tannins and a medium chewy finish. Drink now. - James Suckling


Wine Spectator reviews

Here the great reviews by Wine Spectator magazine
91 | Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg, 2013
Dried strawberry and violet notes are layered with supple tannins in this medium-bodied Amarone, underscored by accents of wild herb, singed orange peel and wood smoke that linger on the silky finish. Drink now through 2023. – A. Napjus
92 | Casisano Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva docg, 2012
Elegant yet powerful, with cherry, plum, iron and tobacco flavors pulsing throughout. Wild herb and spicy accents ride the lingering finish. Best from 2021 through 2035. - B. Sanderson, Wine Spectator
90 | Casisano Brunello di Montalcino docg, 2013
Firm, laced with cherry, leather and earth flavors, this red is chewy, with dusty tannins building on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. - B. Sanderson
91 BEST BUY | Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT, 2016
Dark and concentrated, with the vibrant structure imparting ­uidity. Dill, blackberry, black currant and toasted spice flavors linger, with the dusty tannins sealing the deal. - B. Sanderson
92 | Paternoster Don Anselmo  Aglianico del Vulture doc, 2013
Harmonious and medium- to full-bodied, with a fresh tang of smoky minerality underscoring the crushed mulberry and black raspberry fruit flavors. Subtle accents of Earl Grey tea and licorice linger on the firm, focused finish. Drink now through 2028. – A. Napjus