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Vinous released the report on Valpolicella wines by Eric Guido.

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We are happy and proud to share the great accolades deserved and what  Eric Guido wrote about us:

Tommasi winery oversees 242 hectares of vineyards, of which 115 fall within Valpolicella Classica, and yet for all of its size, the level of quality remains remarkably high. What’s more, the winemaking team, led by fourth-generation Giancarlo Tommasi, places the highest level of importance upon terroir, which they do an excellent job of communicating throughout the portfolio. In my opinion, the house Amarone remains a benchmark of traditionally styled wine from the region. However, you can still look to the Ca' Florian Riserva, which spends about a year of its refinement in barriques, if the extra hint of wood spice and tannin is your thing. Staying on the topic of Amarone, tasting the new De Buris Riserva really piqued my interest. Another attempt at a fresher style for the category, this new bottling from Tommasi comes from one of their highest-elevation parcels in the La Groletta vineyard in Sant'Ambrogio, which was planted in the 1970s and, as of 2020, has undergone full conversion to become certified organic. Another credit to the house is the importance they place on the Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rafael, produced from the first vineyard planted by Giacomo Tommasi, the winery’s founder. The Rafael vineyard remains trained with the original Pergola Veronese trellising system, which runs along its stone terraces, and while its soils of limestone and clay don’t yield especially long-lived wines, they do pack a lot of dark, savory character into the house Valpolicella.
Also of note is the brand’s continuing interest in the developing Lugana DOC and their 45 hectares there, which, according to CEO and export director Pierangelo Tommasi will soon expand beyond the regular bottling to include a Riserva and a Rosé. With all of this growth and development (let’s not forget that the family also has interests in Montalcino and the Maremma), one might worry that quality and consistency could suffer. However, from what I’ve seen, the future of Tommasi is in very capable hands.


AWARDS

93 | Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg 2016 
The 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is quite reserved and understated, but in a way that keeps you at the edge of the glass. Roses, blackberries, savory herbs and a hint of spiced citrus make for an alluring bouquet. It’s velvety in texture, ushering in a creamy wave of ripe red and black fruits, laced with salty minerals, as dark inner florals amass toward the close. There’s a lot of power here that is currently restrained, as this finishes youthfully structured and tense, with a saturating layer of dried black cherries to tempt the imagination with what's to come with a few years of cellaring. Also of note is the 2016’s 15% abv, making this a great option both on and away from the dinner table.

94 | Tommasi Ca' Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg Riserva 2012
The 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Ca' Florian holds nothing back, exploding from the glass with a massive wave of medicinal blackberries and cherries dipped in dark chocolate, complemented by autumnal and balsamic spices. It’s weighty and dense in the mouth, showing amazing concentration and persistence, as a more savory display of tart wild berries mixes with sour citrus. Throughout this heady display, a core of zesty acids maintains balance. You don’t feel it until the very end, but there’s a coating of fine wood tannin that is only revealed as the Ca' Florian’s glycerol-textured fruits slowly fade. Open the 2012 now for all of its upfront appeal, or cellar it to explore its unseen depths – either way, it’s quite a wine.

95 | De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico doc Riserva 2009
The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva De Buris shows the best of both sides of the Amarone spectrum. Savory raspberry and plum sauce are further complemented by notes of crushed stone and dusty florals. These aromas continue to gain in volume with time in the glass, as they are joined by a seductive display of rich brown spice and mocha. This is velvety in texture yet not weighty; in fact, it’s quite lifted and spry, with a core of concentrated red and black fruits that saturate all that they touch with a mineral tinge and then withdraw to reveal a note of sour citrus. There’s a subtle tug of tannin that lingers, doing a wonderful job of framing the expression, as this tapers off to a bitter twang of tart cherry and dark chocolate. The De Buris is a new cru Riserva from the highest elevations of Tommasi’s La Groletta vineyard, which hosts 30-year-old vines overlooking Lake Garda. It spends the first year of its refinement in Slavonian oak, followed by another five years in 15- to 30-hectoliter casks. This is only the second vintage for this wine, which has been a decade in the making.

91 | Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2017
The 2017 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso is deeply alluring with dusty purple-tinged florals, sweet spices and black currants. Here I’m finding silky, cool-toned textures, further accentuated by vibrant acids, as mineral-tinged wild berries and hints of lavender soothe the senses. There’s beautiful symmetry and persistence, coming across as powerful and dense yet remaining energetic, as dark fruits linger long. This is really quite beautiful and a great value in its category.

89 | Tommasi Rafaèl Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2018
The 2018 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rafael is zesty and wildly fresh, lifting up with floral-laced bright cherries contrasted by exotic brown spice. It’s soft in texture, giving way to a pure expression of violet-tinged red and blue fruits, with brisk acids and salty minerals building tension toward the close. There’s no shortage of energy here, as the 2018 Rafael tapers off to echoes of dried berries and dark inner florals.

89 | Le Fornaci Lugana doc 2019
The 2019 Lugana Le Fornaci lifts up with a honeyed richness, displaying sweet white flowers, ripe apple, lemon confit and nuances of almond paste. It boasts oily textures, ripe orchard fruits and sweet herbal tones, offset by cooling acids and minerals. The finish is long and remarkably pretty, tapering off to hazelnut and savory spice.

 


Paternoster awarded by Falstaff with Basilicata Trophy

Falstaff, an internationally recognized Austrian wine guide, awarded 3 Paternoster wines with the "Basilicata Trophy" as part of a special tasting of Basilicata region wine excellences.
The wines, evaluated by wine experts such as Othmar Kiem and Simon Staffler, received the following scores and reviews:

 

Paternoster Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture Doc 2016

94/100

Ruby and bright red colour with a distinctive profile. Classy and lightly spicy on the nose, with notes of ripe strawberry, hydrocarbons hints, cloves and  Resin, and more with Wildberries and light leather notes. In the mouth is elegant and mineral, juicy, showing elegance and structure, tannins with hints of minerality, long persistence.

 

Paternoster Rotondo Aglianico del Vulture Doc 2017

91/100

Intense ruby red colour. At first a slight note of oak wood, followed by dark chocolate, plums, ripe wild berries notes, and a gentle malty undertone. On the mouth is full with medium structured body, consistent and harmonious. The tertiary notes are perfectly integrated in the wine with chalky and slight velvety tannins.

 

Paternoster Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture Doc 2017

91/100

Bright and ruby red colour. Beeswax, fresh honey, rose hips and slight reminiscence of rubber on the nose, with reminiscences of light resin in the background. Crispy and juicy on the palate, with a clear note of fruit stone. It highlights its own identity with its typical mineral scents and pleasant freshness.


Paternoster Synthesi Smart Buy Wine Spectator

"Everyone enjoys getting a good buy, and in these times of economic, value is an ever more important consideration.
At Wine Spectator we are always excited to recommend wines that deliver hihg quality at an affordable price."
M. Shanken, Wine Spectator

Wheteher you are looking for a bottle to stash for a special occasion or a wine for everyday enjoiyment, Paternoster Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture doc 2017 is your wine!
The American magazine Wine Specator has published in the January 2021 issue the list of the Best Buys of the year and we are proud to say that our Paternoster Synthesi is inlcuded.

This wine offers the finest "synthesis" of the grape variety, the terroir, the structure and the longevity of Aglianico del Vulture wine and of Paternoster.
If you don’t know the cellar-worthy Aglianico del Vulture, Synthesi is the place to start.
A vibrant ruby red in color, it displays an ethereal, fragrantly fruity bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, wild berries and pepper.
On the palate it is dry and velvety, with well-integrated tannins; it reveals great balance and a persistent aftertaste.

Here you can download the press review and the awards.

 


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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