Pierangelo Tommasi is now at the helm of Le Famiglie Storiche

The "Famiglie Storiche" elect the new president of the association and that of the Antica Bottega del Vino

Pierangelo Tommasi is now at the helm of Le Famiglie Storiche, taking over from Alberto Zenato, who has concluded his three-year term as President. At the same time, Sabrina Tedeschi has been elected to head up the Antica Bottega del Vino, following on from Tiziano Castagnedi.

Verona, 3rd June 2022

Pierangelo Tommasi is the new President of “Le Famiglie Storiche”. After three years as head of the group, Alberto Zenato has handed over to Pierangelo Tommasi (of the company named after his family) the baton of leadership of the Association that was founded in 2009 and that now includes thirteen historic producers of Amarone (Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Guerrieri Rizzardi, Masi, Musella, Speri, Tedeschi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Tommasi, Torre d’Orti, Venturini and Zenato). Tommasi will have as his vice-presidents  Giuseppe Rizzardi of the Guerrieri Rizzardi company and Luca Speri of the Speri firm, with Alberto Zenato and Marilisa Allegrini as members of the Board.

The choice of Pierangelo Tommasi represents a natural succession within the association, which envisages the alternation of the Families in the positions of President and Vice-President: this too reflects the fact that we are a united and cohesive group, each with our own style, but with the same philosophy of production in common

says the outgoing President, Alberto Zenato, who himself succeeded from past-presidents Sandro Boscaini, Marilisa Allegrini and Sabrina Tedeschi.

Pierangelo Tommasi takes over an association that is extremely dynamic – its activities did not even come to a halt during the pandemic – and it is already preparing to face up to an autumn full of events both in Italy and abroad.

“I thank Alberto Zenato for having carried forward so admirably the work and the activities of the Association at a moment in history more difficult than any other our generation has lived through. I am honored to preside over this group of esteemed colleagues and friends – historic companies and custodians of our terroir – and continue following the course that was begun thirteen years ago, with the aim of bearing witness to the values we share, as well as those of a denomination unlike any other in the world. We shall do so with lots of activities in Italy and abroad, developing incoming towards our companies and networking with other entities in our region”.

At the same time as the election of the President of Le Famiglie Storiche, there also took place that for the executive management (also for a three-year period) of the Antica Bottega del Vino which, since 2010, has been the property of Le Famiglie Storiche. This restaurant boasts roots that go as far back as the sixteenth century, and still remains today –  thanks to its history, its menu of typical Veneto dishes, and its extraordinary wine list – a point of reference for the city of Verona and for Italy, as well as being famous all over the world.
The new President is Maria Sabrina Tedeschi, who succeeds from Tiziano Castagnedi, who was in charge for the three previous years. Francesco Allegrini will be her Vice-President, and  Giacomo Boscaini and Antonio Cesari will be counsellors.

Pierangelo Tommasi – President of Le Famiglie Storiche

Pierangelo Tommasi is one of the nine members of the fourth generation of the Tommasi family, which today runs the Tommasi Family Estates.

Having finished his studies, Pierangelo immediately began working full time in the company, performing various roles, from warehouseman to coordinator of tours and tastings for foreign visitors to the winery, before taking charge of foreign markets. The experience he gained (not only as Export Director), but also the fact of being involved in different departments of the company, including new acquisitions and strategies for development, led to his becoming today Executive Director of the family’s  group.

Pierangelo inherited a passion for wine from his father and his uncles, with whom he visited the vineyards since he was a boy, taking part in the harvests and absorbing the virtues of rigor and loyalty.

Pierangelo is happily married, with two children and a dog, and – apart from wine – he has a great love for soccer, both as a player and a fan.

Maria Sabrina Tedeschi – President of the Antica Bottega del Vino

Maria Sabrina Tedeschi graduated from the State University in Milan in Food Science and Technology, and during her course she did an internship at the University of Enology at Dijon (in Burgundy in France).

After her studies, she worked as a teacher of enology and researcher at the Mach Foundation at San Michele all’Adige (near Trento).

Subsequently, her passion for her region and her desire to develop her family company (Società Agricola F.lli Tedeschi) prevailed and so, in 2000, she returned to Valpolicella to work alongside her siblings Riccardo and Antonietta and her father Lorenzo.

Today , she is in charge of the company’s Marketing and Communications department, as well as looking after the export market in the countries of Europe, the East and Far-East.

In the period 2016-2019 she was President of Le Famiglie Storiche. She is a member of the Le Donne del Vino Association.

Le Famiglie Storiche is the Association created in June 2009 by the union of 10 historic producers in the Valpolicella region. Today it includes 13 members, all of which are prestigious wineries that have been active ambassadors for several generations of “the world of Amarone”: Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Guerrieri Rizzardi, Masi, Musella, Speri, Tedeschi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Tommasi, Torre D’Orti, Venturini and Zenato.

These Families, who together bring to fruition a heritage consolidated by each of them over the course of time, as well as a constant commitment to quality in promoting the exceptional wine that goes by the name of Amarone, all have their roots in the fundamental values of history and craftsmanship, expressed in a whole host of different ways. Their efforts are aimed at making known and safeguarding not only their wines, but also one of Italy’s most strategic wine production zones, Valpolicella.

 

Le Famiglie Storiche represent:

History: they have belonged to the world of Valpolicella for a great many years and they are deeply rooted in it.

Passion: more than just vine-growers, they are custodians of their terroir.

A Project: the Association was created with the precise goal of bearing witness to the values of a region and a denomination that have no equal anywhere in the world.


Vinous rewards Tommasi wines

Vinous released the report on Valpolicella wines by Eric Guido.

Vinous is Antonio Galloni’s vision of a modern-day wine publication. Vinous’s team of renowned critics and writers offers in depth coverage of new releases, retrospectives and verticals of older wines.

We are happy and proud to share the great accolades deserved and what Eric Guido wrote about our wines.

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96 | DE BURIS AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOCG RISERVA 2010

The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva De Buris pulls you close with an intense and spicy mix of sour citrus, tart cherries, dusty rose and dark, dark chocolate. I like the lift here, coming across as intensely oral and with an herbal twang that balances its rich fruits. This is silky yet vertical, as cooling acids add balance, saturating the palate with intense spice while becoming quite oral and mineral toward the close. It’s youthfully dense and with amazing potential, leaving the palate coated in ne tannins, nearly silty, along with hints of licorice and bitter spice. The 2010 is simply gorgeous, and with the potential to go two to three decades or more.

95 | AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO RISERVA CA’ FLORIAN 2013

Masses of crushed cherries, dried florals, cinnamon, clove and stone dust creates a seductive bouquet as the 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Ca’ Florian blossoms in the glass. It’s velvety and elegant with masses of dark red fruits and inner spice complicated by intense minerality and fine tannins that slowly saturate. It leaves lavender, licorice and dark, dark chocolate through the finale. This is structured and cool-toned.
Wow, the 2013 is an intense Ca’ Florian for the cellar.

92 | AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2017

The 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico opens with a minty freshness, as bright red berries and dusty drieds flowers form in the glass. This is silky and saline in character, with depths of dark red fruits and spices all energized by saline-infused acidity, making for a highly drinkable expression as it develops inner rose tones toward the close. It’s structured and staining with a bitter twang of dark fruits and savory herbs. While you can still drink this today, the best is yet to come. A strapping and deep Amarone.

Giancarlo Tommasi, oenologist

91 | VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RAFAEL 2019

More savory than sweet and with wild herbs, tomato leaf, crushed ashen stone and hints of lavender fill the glass as the 2019 Rafael Valpolicella Classico Superiore blossoms. This is silky yet juicy and remarkably fresh with mineral-tinged cherries and a bitter tinge of spice. It finishes long and spicy with depths of minerality and a coating of dark fruits and exotic spices. Salty, intense and at 12%, the 2019 Rafael is a gorgeous and characterful Valpolicella Classico.

90 | LUGANA RISERVA LE FORNACI 2018

The 2018 Lugana Riserva Le Fornaci opens slowly, as an enticing bouquet of crushed rocks, green apples and exotic flowers forms in the glass. It’s silky in texture with medium-bodied weight, displaying an almost-oily sensation, with citrus-tinged orchard fruits and inner florals that arch across the palate. Brisk acids maintain amazing freshness and precision throughout, as the 2018 tapers off both long yet incredibly fresh, with a note of chlorophyll that is hard to describe, yet completely satisfying. I’m tempted to see what a year or two of cellaring might reveal here.


Tommasi Lands in Sicily and Climbs Mount Etna

The historic family of Amarone fame celebrates its 120th anniversary
with the announcement of an exciting new investment in 15 hectares
located in the Etna Rosso and Etna Bianco denominations

The latest investment of Tommasi Family Estates, which this year celebrates its 120th anniversary, is a winery that was founded in the early 20th century on the slopes of Mount Etna. It is located at 570 meters above sea level in the small town of Linguaglossa in the Etna Natural Park, a few kilometers from Taormina.

The estate covers 15 hectares planted to Nerello Mascalese and Carricante grapes respectively for the production of Etna Rosso DOC and Etna Bianco DOC. It is nestled within the breathtaking natural beauty of this part of Sicily, which includes views of the sea and a huge natural formation of lava stone named Pietracannone. There is also a 1,500 square-meter large cellar facility on the property for winemaking and aging. The Tommasi family has yet to give a name to this new property.

«For 120 years we have had the ambitious goal of telling the story of Italy through its winemaking heritage and we are therefore proud to be considered among the best Italian wine ambassadors,” says Executive Director Pierangelo Tommasi. “Today, Etna represents one of the most interesting and exciting wine territories both from a production and business point of view. We are proud to be able to add this appellation to our portfolio with the others that we already represent, such as Valpolicella Classica, Lugana, Montalcino, Vulture in Basilicata and Manduria in Puglia.»

The agreement was signed with the Bambara-De Luca family, historical hoteliers in Taormina. «We have known the Tommasi family for quite some time and we appreciate their family union, combined with industriousness and expertise. These skills allow them to reach objectives beyond the classic Valpolicella area. The Tommasi family has also always had a vocation for the hospitality business, another important point we have in common,” says the Bambara-De Luca family. We immediately found ourselves on the same wavelength, with a common vision of enhancing the territory and its riches. I am sure this collaboration will give further prestige to the Etna region and to wine tourism in the area.»

With this latest acquisition, the Tommasi family now owns a total of 780 hectares of vineyards throughout Italy. Theirs is the story of a great Italian wine family inspired by the pioneering spirit of expert, visionary farmers – as the current generation’s relatives were – to constantly move forward with great dedication, pragmatics, style, and a penchant for experimentation.


Casisano: the vintages of the century 2015 and 2016 are great; the 2017 is very good

Casisano results as one of the best Brunello tasted by national and international critics.
The latest vintages of Rosso, Brunello and Colombaiolo Brunello Riserva available on the market give added value to the territory. Wines of ancient lineage interpreted with a contemporary hand. Complexity becomes linear and refined.

The 2015 and 2016 vintages, defined as “the vintages of the century” by wine critics, have decreed the success of the Casisano wines all over the world, a project and a reality in which the Tommasi family with the oenologist Emiliano Falsini believed with firmness and determination.

Very good the 2017 Brunello, which obtained  great reviews and scores, as well as the Rosso di Montalcino 2020, BEST BUY for Wine&Spirit Magazine.
Wines that express an immediate finesse to the nose, freshness and acidity. Silky and with a great evolutionary capacity.

2016201720152020
Casisano Brunello
di Montalcino docg
Casisano Brunello
di Montalcino docg
Casisano Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva docgCasisano Rosso
di Montalcino doc
94/100 James Suckling91/100 Decanter
BEST VALUE
94/100 Wine Spectator90/100 Wine&Spirits
94/100 Falstaff91/100 James Suckling93/100 DecanterBEST BUY
93/100 Wine Spectator90/100 Vinous92/100 Wine&Spirits
93/100 Vinous3 Bicchieri Gambero Rosso
91/100 Wine Advocate
91/100 Wine& Spirtis

CASISANO AWARDS

Objective: Microzonation

«The estate – explains Giancarlo Tommasi – covers 53 hectares, of which 22 are vineyards: 9 dedicated to the production of Brunello, 7 to that of Rosso and 6 to the Sant’Antimo appellation. Vineyards at 500 meters above the sea and with an exposure with south estern exposure wich allow us to have high profile objectives, wines with specific characteristics. We are building a tailor-made company, which focuses on microzonation. where we invest, we  want to enhance the territory. And here it is unique».

Elegance and Uniqueness
«Casisano – underlines Emiliano Falsini – is a cru within the denomination. Only through a respectful and minimalist enology, it is possible to enhance the territory and its typical and unique peculiarities. Wines must speak a language made of character, elegance and uniqueness ».


Tommasi Family Estates: awards, recap 2021 and objectives 2022

Tommasi Family Estates: a full house of awards and accolades confirms the family company as a leading player in the country’s wine sector and an ambassador for Italian excellence around the world. It is looking forward to 2022 with optimism: a year that marks the 120th anniversary of its foundation, with new projects and investments in the pipeline

The Tommasi family takes stock of the past year and looks towards the future; optimism for the months to come and clear objectives: sustainable growth, development of the Italian market and strengthening of exports.

The production of Tommasi Family Estates confirms its role as a representative of outstanding Italian quality, with excellent reviews in the principal Italian wine guides and from international trade experts. The 2010 De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C.G. Riserva, the enological gem from Valpolicella Classica, took home a whole host of awards from Italian critics, with 3 Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso, a Corona from Vinibuoni, 4 Viti from AIS, and 5 Grappoli from Bibenda. It also won a Platinum Award in Merano, a “Faccini” symbol from Daniele Cernilli/Doctor Wine and 3 Gold Stars from the Veronelli Guide, as well as an excellent placement in the Top 100 of Vivino, the biggest wine community in the world. Outstanding reviews also came for this wine from the most prestigious international wine writers, including a 96-point rating from Wine Advocate – Robert Parker, and splendid scores from Wine Spectator, James Suckling and Decanter, which also gave a rating of 92/100 to the new Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva D.O.C. 2018, which also earned 4 Rose Camune from AIS in Lombardy. The project in Montalcino was also rewarded, with the Casisano Colombaiolo Brunello D.O.C.G. Riserva 2015 which – alongside the 3 Bicchieri it received from Gambero Rosso – earned excellent reviews and scores from the Italian and foreign press, as did the iconic wine of the Vulture zone, the Don Anselmo Aglianico 2016 from Paternoster, which confirms its constant placing at the top of the classifications of merit, with its 3 Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso and its rating of 94 out of 100 from Vinous.

AWARDS

On the strength of this success with the critics and at the conclusion of the year that has just gone by, the wine company with its headquarters at Pedemonte di Valpolicella has analyzed the past year and set its strategic goals for the months ahead: consolidation of the company, investment, sustainability, and growth on both the national and export markets are the key words for the Tommasi family.

«2021 has undoubtedly been a complicated year because of having to manage the shortage of raw materials and our difficulty in planning ahead, but it’s also definitely been one of recovery. It has closed much more positively than 2020 thanks to the upswing in the Ho.Re.Ca channel in Italy and around the world, to our solid relationships with our trading partners, the splendid cooperation of our stakeholders and, especially, thanks to the great ability to adapt and be flexible that we have demonstrated with our team of collaborators». With these words, the company’s Director, Pierangelo Tommasi, has commented on the year that is just coming to an end, but already with an eye towards 2022: «I am confident that the positive trend that we have witnessed in the last few months will continue in the new year, and I think that we can return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2022. For our company, the Ho.Re.Ca and Retail channels each represent 50% of our business: this goes to show just how complex it was to get through 2020 without the contribution of the restaurant sector. 2021 has marked a definite turn for the better and our country has fortunately attained a degree of self-awareness and maturity that makes new lockdowns highly unlikely: I cannot therefore be anything but positive about the coming months».

Objectives for 2022/23

The family management has a very clear idea of the goals the company has to look forward to:

«Next year we will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the foundation of our company. We are the sons and grandsons of a determined and visionary sharecropper: we are proud of our roots, and, over the years, we have always worked with the ambition of becoming one of the most recognizable producers on the national wine scene» Pierangelo Tommasi continues. «We will go on following this path: consolidating our positioning in the Regions where we are present is now a priority, as well as increasing investments in our estates to improve the efficiency of their production processes, the quality of our wines, and our premises devoted to hospitality, which we consider essential. All this is within a framework of economic sustainability and care for the environment. At the same time, we will continue with great determination the excellent work we are doing both in Italy and on export markets, with the objective of having the Tommasi brand recognized as a symbol of Italian excellence around the world».

There are several projects in the pipeline for 2022,  even though they have been slowed down this year by the health crisis. It has not prevented, though, the start of work on building the new winery at Tenuta di Caseo in the Oltrepo’ Pavese, which will finish next year, as will the extension of the winery at Casisano in Montalcino, the refurbishment – by the end of 2023 – of the historic Barone Rotondo cellar  in the Paternoster property at Barile, in the Vulture zone of Basilicata, and the enlargement of Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & Spa with new and ever more exclusive rooms and services, with a view to developing our wine tourism-related hospitality through projects that are increasingly in synergy with the winery.

Sustainability

2022 will therefore be a decisive year for the growth of Tommasi Family Estates, a growth that must be sustainable.

«We want our everyday work to be increasingly oriented towards seeking and promoting sustainability» comments Pieragenlo Tommasi. «In concrete terms, this means devoting great attention to our  work in the vineyards, in the winery and in the various phases of production, using instruments and methods that really succeed in safeguarding and respecting the environment in which we operate, without which – let us never forget – we could not do what we like doing best: making great wines. Let me give you an example: our plan that includes the sizeable saving of energy and the use of lighter glass bottles is part of a wider and deep-seated project on which our company is already working for the sustainable development of all our production processes».

Sustainability also encompasses the inclusion of our workers, our partners, and our stakeholders, as well as support for the local area, in the social as well as economic sphere.

«Our family has always had an extremely intimate rapport with the Valpolicella zone, with Verona and Lake Garda, places we consider as “home”; we work together with the local government and the various cultural organizations in these locations to give our backing to unique places that are icons of our country: this year I would like to mention in particular the 67 Columns for the Arena project, our backing for the Teatro Stabile di Verona, and our collaboration with Art Verona. We also offer our support to all the regions where we have our wineries. In this regard, the combination of viticulture and hospitality will continue to be a very strong one, and promotion of wine tourism will be relevant in all the company’s decisions, which as from next year will involve all our estates.»

Markets

Italy is of paramount importance in the growth of Tommasi Family Estates, and 2022 too will be geared towards consolidation of the home market, as well as the company’s growth on foreign markets.

«The Italian market is very important for us,» states Pierangelo Tommasi, «because only if we are strong at home can we be respected as ambassadors for Italian excellence abroad. Distribution in Italy today represents about 20% of our turnover and the rest is divided up between 80 foreign markets, which we look after with dedication; some are fundamental and historic, like North America and Northern Europe, which represent approximately 30% of our overall export business. These are very mature markets, where there is great interest in wine, and in particular for the historic denominations. Then there are areas that are remarkably interesting and to some extent surprising, such as Iceland, Poland, Romania, and Eastern Europe in general, markets that are capable of absorbing even high-value wines. Thanks to our importers, we have done an outstanding job in the Ho.Re.Ca channel, which continues to also give us excellent results in Asia, especially in South Korea and Japan. Entry into production of new vineyards at our estates in Lugana, the Maremma in Tuscany, Puglia, and Umbria in 2022 and 2023 guarantees us room to grow and consolidate all our markets, which we will continue to look after with trips and targeted marketing and communication activities.

Growth, investments, sustainability, and hospitality are therefore the key words for Tommasi Family Estates in 2022, which promises to be a crucial year for the company’s development.

Our 120th anniversary will not only be a milestone we have reached, but also an opportunity to look towards the future with optimism and well-defined projects, as well as clear strategies for relaunching and renewing, consolidating and giving greater structure to our governance.


De Buris: a must drink, rare and desired

De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg Riserva, shines among the prestigious reds of the world and the great Italian classics, is confirmed as one of the best in the world: a must drink, rare and desired.

The Vivino community, the largest digital wine marketplace, with its 50 million users, has spoken.
All the reviews were collected and lists were drawn up with the best wines of each category.

De Buris is confirmed as the must-drink of the season according to Vivino, and among the 100 best wines in the world: the rarest, the most desired and the most expensive.

The 2010 vintage has deserved the highest awards from the most important Italian guides and excellent reviews from the most prestigious international wine critics, confirming a path aimed exclusively at quality and excellence.

De Buris represents the maximum potential that a single vineyard and a terroir, unique in its extraordinary qualities, can express in a wine», comments Giancarlo Tommasi, enologist  «I like to think, with satisfaction and pride, that the 2010 vintage contains the essence of the Valpolicella area: De Buris represents the contemporary reinterpretation of our traditions, of our ancestors’ techniques of production, and, at the same time, the elegance and harmony of an artefact: in other words, the beauty.

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De Buris 2010: wine becomes a concept album

The Tommasi family is celebrating the 2010 vintage of De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG Riserva  with the innovative #TheWineRecord project: the first concept album in which wine becomes music.
The eight tracks of which it is composed combine the sounds of the various phases of wine production with a translation into sounds of the meteorological data of the 2010 vintage, creating unusual and previously unheard sonorities.

De Buris is the luxury of Time. Time is in fact the central concept around which the cultural and enological project of the fourth generation of the Tommasi family revolves: a family which, while respecting tradition, has created an Amarone Riserva that aims to be the most contemporary interpretation of the region it represents, Valpolicella Classica.

The passing of time that accompanies the production cycle of a wine, with its colors, aromas and taste that mingle in artistic equilibrium, has become the score of an original enological and musical work: De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG Riserva 2010, an iconic wine that defines a new interpretation of the Valpolicella zone.

«De Buris represents the maximum potential that a single vineyard and a terroir, unique in its extraordinary qualities, can express in a wine», comments Giancarlo Tommasi, enologist of Tommasi Family Estates. «I like to think, with satisfaction and pride, that the 2010 vintage contains the essence of the Valpolicella area: De Buris represents the contemporary reinterpretation of our traditions, of our ancestors’ techniques of production, and, at the same time, the elegance and harmony of an artefact: in other words, the beauty of art. For this reason, we have decided to present it through a language that is as unusual for a wine as it is appropriate for describing its peculiarities: music. The Wine Record is art. It is the tale of the production cycle of wine as it has never been told before. A wine is color, aroma, taste and emotion, but it is also sound, movement and harmony, which Giacomo Ceschi, a Veronese artist and sound designer, has succeeded in translating into a unique and original musical collection».

The Wine Record – a concept album

  1. THE KEY – The De Buris parcel of the La Groletta vineyard, the terroir where everything begins in the heart of Valpolicella Classica, with its unique characteristics that allows you to produce a great wine.
  2. THE PAUSE – Appassimento (the drying phase) is a rest that lasts 110 days after the harvest: a delicate interval, a real whisper that gives you time to catch your breath.
  3. THE COMPOSITION – Vinification: the drying of the grapes is followed by pressing, a brief phase of cryomaceration and then fermentation, which takes place in oak vats, in an adagio lasting 30 days.
  4. THE ACCENT – Maturation in barrel is a sojourn that lasts for five years, in the silence of the oak casks in the cellar of Villa De Buris, the oldest property in Valpolicella Classica, where the wine is left alone for its essential harmony to evolve.
  5. THE RHYTHM – Bottling is a moment of urgency and excitement, during which the winery becomes a spellbinding choreography and rhythm is the protagonist, with the clinking of the bottles and the cadenced movements of the machinery that beat the time of the wine’s dance.
  6. THE CRESCENDO – Bottle-aging: this period of maturation distributes the wine’s notes, allowing the harmony that has been created over time to settle, and Villa De Buris hosts and protects the bottles of De Buris as they complete their evolution.
  7. THE CHORD – Food pairing: De Buris is now ready; the fine-tuning of the harmonics is essential, whether your pairing is based on contrast or on agreement, and it calls for company that will enjoy the experience to the full.
  8. THE SOLO – Tasting is the abandonment of the senses to the relaxed meditation that a great wine inspires.

The Wine Record is the work of Giacomo Ceschi, artist and sound designer.


Tommasi Family Estates: Awards en plein

The  Tommasi Family Estates  wine production is confirmed as an excellence of Made in Italy.
Great awards from the main Italian guides and amazing accolades from international wine critics.

Let’s toast to success!

AWARDS DOWNLOAD

DE BURIS
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva docg 2010

Gambero Rosso  3 BICCHIERI
Wine Spectator  93/100
James Suckling  92/100
Doctor Wine      96/100
Vini Buoni d’Italia CORONA

 

TOMMASI
CA’ FLORIAN Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva docg 2012
Gambero Rosso   3 BICCHIERI
Decanter              94/100
Vinous                 94/100
James Suckling    94/100
Falstaff                 94/100
Wine & Spirits     91/100
Bibenda               5 GRAPPOLI
Vini di Veronelli   94/100
Vini Buoni d’Italia CORONA
Meininger            92/100
Merano Wine Festival   ORO / GOLD

TOMMASI

AMARONE della Valpolicella Classico docg 2017
James Suckling   93/100
Wine Spectator  91/100
Luca Maroni       92/100
Vini Buoni d’Italia CORONA

RIPASSO Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2018
James Suckling 92/100
Vini Buoni d’Italia 4 STELLE

RAFAÈL – Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc 2019
James Suckling 93/100
Vini Buoni d’Italia 4 STELLE

LE FORNACI Lugana doc 2020
Decanter 91/100
James Suckling 90/100
Falstaff 90/100
Luca Maroni 91/100
Vini Buoni d’Italia 4 STELLE

LE FORNACI Lugana Riserva doc 2018
James Suckling 91/100

LE FORNACI Rosé Vino Rosato 2020
Decanter 92/100
Falstaff 90/100

CASISANO – MONTALCINO

COLOMBAIOLO Brunello di Montalcino Riserva docg 2015
Gambero Rosso  3 BICCHIERI
Wine Spectator  94/100
Decanter            93/100

Brunello di Montalcino docg 2016
James Suckling 94/100
Falstaff 94/100
Wine Spectator 93/100
Vinous 93/100
Luca Maroni 91/100
Decanter 90/100
Wine Enthusiast 90/100

Rosso di Montalcino doc 2019
James Suckling 91/100

 

POGGIO AL TUFO – MAREMMA TOSCANA

ROMPICOLLO – Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana igt 2018
James Suckling 92/100
Luca Maroni 91/100

Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana igt 2019
James Suckling 91/100

 

MASSERIA SURANI – PUGLIA

DIONYSOS Primitivo di Manduria Riserva doc 2015
Wine Enthusiast     91/100
Wine Spectator     90/100
James Suckling      90/100
Vinous                    90/100

HERACLES Primitivo di Manduria doc 2019
James Suckling 90/100

Primitivo di Manduria doc 2019
Luca Maroni 91/100

PATERNOSTER – BASILICATA

DON ANSELMO Aglianico del Vulture Superiore docg 2016
Gambero Rosso 3 BICCHIERI
Vinous   94/100
Falstaff   94/100
Wine Spectator 93/100
Wine Enthusiast 93/100
James Suckling 92/100
Wine & Spirits 92/100
Robert Parker 92/100
Jancis Robinson 17++/20
Bibenda 5 GRAPPOLI
Vini di Veronelli 3 STELLE
Vini Buoni d’Italia 4 STELLE
Merano Wine Festival ORO / GOLD
Doctor Wine 95/100
AIS Vitae 4 VITI

SYNTHESI Aglianico del Vulture doc 2017
Gambero Rosso  2 BICCHIERI
Falstaff              91/100
James Suckling 90/100
Wine Spectator 90/100 PT. SMART BUY
Vinous              90/100
Jancis Robinson 17/20
Vini Buoni d’Italia GOLDEN STAR

CASEO – LOMBARDIA
470 Pinot Nero Brut Metodo Classico
James Suckling 91/100
530 Pinot Nero Brut Rosé Metodo Classico
James Suckling 91/100


Vulture rising in Wine Enthusiast august issue

Alexander Peartree, of Wine Enthusiast magazine, has written a great article on Vulture wine region.

“In the northernmost province of Basilicata, which stretches up from the arch of Italy’s boot, lies a mountainous, wild area. It recalls the brisk Alps of the north more than warm, southern climes.
There, anchored around the extinct Monte Vulture volcano is a patchwork of ancient towns scattered among the undulating foothills that harbor some of the country’s most exciting, site-expressive wines.”

Vulture wine region is a great place to visit and discover with ist antique ruins and traditions that dates back to Roman times, the famous poet Orazio was born here.

Commercial winemaking in the area, instead, dates back nearly a century, but a new generation of winemakers has brought this historic area to the forefront.
Paternsoster winery is one of the oldest winery, an icon in Aglianico del Vulture production; Fabio Mecca Paternsoer, the oenologist, is part of the new generation that are working for the future of this promising wine region.

Let’s enjoy the full article HERE

“I remain rooted in Paternoster: it lies at the heart of my ambitions and mission. This is the place that runs through my veins for as long as I can remember. It gave me the chance to become who I am today. Since I was very young, I spent my free time in the vineyards and the winery. The old winery was below my grandparent’s home. Especially during the harvest, I’d run to their house for a quick lunch after school, and then I was off to help with the harvest and the winemaking. Today, I consult, but my mission is to continue the family project that began with my great-grandfather over a century ago.”
Fabio Mecca, Paternoster

Paternoster covers about 20 hectares with black soil of volcanic origin, with a modern cellar, located in the different wine-growing districts in the countryside of the small town Barile.
The vineyards are overlooking the Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano that marks the borders of a generous yet misterious land.We like to think that the success of the Vulture wines depends largely on the tenacity and talent of the Paternoster family, which for over a century, believed and invested in the Aglianico variety.
Anselmo, the founder, sold the family’s first bottle of Aglianico in 1925, marking the beginning of a critically-acclaimed production, now in its third generation.


Choose your favorite 90+ points by James Suckling

Let’s have a wine journey from North to South Italy:
a white from Lake Garda or Vulture region? or are you undecided between a sip of red from Montalcino or Tuscany Maremma?

Choose your favorite white or red among the ones reviewed with a nice 90+ by James Suckling…or pick them all!

90 – Tommasi Le Fornaci Lugana doc 2020
Floral and slightly earthy nose with some cedro, following through to a medium to full palate with flavors of bitter-lemon and rich, savory minerals. Lightly phenolic on the finish. Drink now.

90 – Paternoster Vulcanico Falanghina igt 2019
Cooked lemon, pear, dried flowers and lime peel on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with biting acidity. Tangy, herbed finish. Drink now.

91 – Casisano Rosso di Montalcino doc 2019
Cherries and lilacs on the nose with some meaty mineral character. Medium-bodied with lots of acidity to freshen up the fruit and provide drive. Quite firm at the end. Drink now.

91 – Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon igt 2019
A clean-cut cab with a good core of currants and a hint of fresh herb. Medium-bodied with well-integrated tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Drink now