ProWein 2022

May 15th – 17th

Tommasi booth H16 F01

The next edition of ProWein has finally arrived. The most important international wine fair returns to Düsseldorf from 15th to 17th of May 2022 and is ready to host thousands of producers and visitors from all over the world.
Tommasi Family Estates couldn’t miss this important event!

At Hall 16 Stand F01, the Tommasi staff will welcome trade, media and wine professionals for a taste of the new vintages of our wines, such as Le Fornaci Lugana DOC, Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Tommasi Cà Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG and Casisano Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

To book an appointment, please write to

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.

Download the Awards


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

Vinitaly 2022 - Tommasi Pad.5 D2

From 10th to13th April 2022 Tommasi Family Estates will be among the protagonists at Vinitaly 2022, the international wine and spirits exhibition scheduled in Verona. A revisited format to ensure the highest quality in total safety for all visitors.

At Hall 5 – D2 in a completely new stand, all operators and enthusiasts will be able to taste the latest vintages of the Tommasi Family Estates:
Tommasi – Valpolicella, Caseo – Oltrepo ‘Pavese, Casisano – Montalcino, Poggio al Tufo – Maremma Toscana, Surani – Puglia and Paternoster – Basilicata.

Below is the program of events and tastings.


“HISTORICAL FAMILIES – The Amarone 2012: ten years and do not feeling them”
Tuesday 12th  April – from 11.00 am alle 1.00 pm
Sala Argento – Piano -1 Palaexpo  VeronaFiere

Tommasi attends with Ca’ Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg Riserva 2012


Vinitaly and the City, the program of events in Verona city center.
Here where and when  tasitng Tommasi wines:

9th April 2022
from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm
Tommasi Welcome Area

Tommasi organizes a unique day of tours and tastings: a Vinitaly in the Cellar!
It will be a wine tasting journey to discover the excellence of wine and the beauties of the places from which they are made;
the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience: the visit to one of the most fascinating wineries in the area and the tasting of wines from 6 Italian regions.


Saturday 9th April from 6.30pm to 8.00 pm
Via Rosa, 4D

Wine Tasting of
Tommasi Le Fornaci Lugana doc
Tommasi Rafaèl Valpolicella Superiore doc
Caseo Pinot Nero Metodo Charmat

Saturday 9th April 2022
from 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Wine Tasting of
Le Fornaci Lugana doc
Le Fornaci Rosé igt
Caseo 470 Pinot Nero Metodo Classico

Vinitaly in the Winery

April 2022
Saturday the 9th from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday the 10th at 10.30 am and 12.00 am
Tommasi Welcome Area

The appointment with Vinitaly, the largest event dedicated to the world of wine, is finally back.
Tommasi organizes a unique day of tours and tastings: a Vinitaly in the Cellar!
It will be a wine tasting journey to discover the excellence of wine and the beauties of the places from which they are made;
the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience: the visit to one of the most fascinating wineries in the area and the tasting of wines from 6 Italian regions.
The tasting starts from Oltrepò Pavese, home of Pinot Nero-based bubbles and then descends to Tuscany, passing through the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino and the vast and fascinating Maremma. You then can follow itineraries to the south a few steps from the sea of Manduria in Puglia, arriving at the foot of the Vulture volcano in Basilicata.
The wine tasting journey ends with the elegant Lugana of Lake Garda and the remarkable Amarone of the Valpolicella Classica.


Saturday 9.04.2022
4 time rounds of winery tour

10.30 – 12.00 – 14.30 – 16.00
Sunday 10.04.2022
2 time rounds of winery tour
10.30  and 12.00

8 Wines to choose for the tasting:
Le Fornaci Lugana DOC 2021
Tommasi Amarone Classico DOCG 2017
470 Pinot Nero Metodo Classico Brut 2017
Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2020
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016
Rompicollo Toscana IGT 2018
Primitivo d Manduria DOC 2019
Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2017
Vulcanico Falanghina IGT 2021

3 Tour&Tasting Proposals:
Complete tour and tasting of 3 wines with food pairing: € 32,00 p.p.
Complete tour and tasting of 5 wines with food pairing: € 38,00 p.p.
Complete tour and tasting of 8 wines with food pairing: € 45,00 p.p.


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.


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.


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.»


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.


Grape Harvest 2021

The ritual of the harvest is, for Tommasi, a yearly appointment that has various starting dates, from August to October, depending on the wineries and production zones in the group: there are no less than six, in the North, Center, and South of Italy.
That is why, for Tommasi, keeping an eye on the prospects for – and progress of – the harvest means monitoring a large part of the country’s wine production scene, with expectations that are obviously linked to the climatic and technical/production-related events of the vintage.

Each vintage is different from the others, and each producer and every grape variety has its prerogatives.
One has to know how to interpret the vintage, understand the characteristics of the grapes one has to work with, and what kind of wine one will be able to make from them.

Would you ever give up a few weeks’ holiday in midsummer and take a break instead during harvest time? And not to go visiting vineyards, but to go and work in one? I don’t think so. Yet, once upon a time, that’s exactly how things happened.

«The period of the harvest was a festive occasion for the whole village,» says Sergio Tommasi, one of the four brothers in the third generation of the family. «Actually, rather than going away, lots of people came and helped out in the fields. The so-called “portarine” came down from the mountains: their job was to take the baskets full of grapes to the end of the vine rows and transfer them into wooden hoppers. There they were weighed and divided up between the sharecropper and the farmer, before being taken for crushing. Today, on the other hand, it is essentially a full-time job. Indeed, not even members of the family can come if they haven’t a specific task to do»: not like years ago, when eight-year-olds accompanied their grandfather when he went to pick the grapes.

«I remember the excitement of going to see what quantity of grapes had been harvested, so that they could then organize the work in the winery» relates Fabio Mecca Paternoster, great-grandson of Anselmo Paternoster and today in charge of winemaking at Paternoster, the iconic producer in the Vulture zone of Basilicata.

That the harvest is a tradition that dates back to the beginning of time is an undeniable fact, at least for purely logical reasons.
Without a harvest it simply wouldn’t be possible to make wine, and all those long rows of vines would remain with the fruit hanging on them until the following year. What has changed is the way in which harvesting is carried out, not only because of technological developments in machinery, but also for reasons connected with climate change.

«Once upon a time, when I was little, the harvest in Valpolicella Classica took place in October. It was cold in the mornings, and sometimes even during the day we had to light a fire to warm our hands. Some years it even snowed», remembers Giancarlo Tommasi, Tommasi’s chief enologist, with a smile. «It lasted 20-25 days in all: today we begin the harvest in mid-September and keep working for well over a month. Quite apart from the fact that we now own a lot more hectares, and that our estates are in various zones, with different types of grapes: from Pinot Grigio, which we usually begin to harvest at the end of August, followed by Turbiana on Lake Garda for our Le Fornaci Lugana, and finally Corvina, the queen of the Valpolicella varieties».

In the past, the harvest was carried out exclusively by hand, whereas today – for some types of grapes – harvesting is mechanized, with the advantage of picking the more sensitive, delicate cultivars at the right stage of ripeness, thus avoiding overripening, which could subsequently have an adverse effect on operations in the winery. It’s a question of balance, and having faith in the weather.

«The timing of certain operations is fundamental to put into practice what we have worked towards throughout the entire year,» says Emiliano Falsini, the chief enologist at Casisano in Montalcino.«A great vintage is one in which you can pick the grapes when they are perfectly ripe and are therefore able to express their variety and terroir of origin to the full».

It is a question of balance, too, for Fabio Mecca Paternoster, who agrees in maintaining that one has to be able to understand when the precise time is for bringing in the grapes to the winery, and that it is possible to establish it by means of frequent tasting and daily analyses.

It is also true, as Giancarlo Tommasi reminds us, that

«if we don’t start off with excellent agronomic management in the vineyard, it is impossible to produce a great wine: you can’t compensate in the winery for what the vineyard hasn’t given you naturally».

Merano WineFestival #MWF2021

The 30th edition of the Merano WineFestival will take place from 5 to 9 November 2021.

The Kurhaus Hall in Merano will host Merano WineFestival, one of the most important food and wine events in Europe. During this four-day kermesse, four of the most prestigious Tommasi Family Estates brands will be hosted:

De Buris, Tommasi, Casisano and Paternoster.


Friday 5th e Saturday 6th of November

2016 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
2012 Ca’ Florian Amarone Della Valpolicella Riserva DOCG
Old vintage: 2003 Ca’ Florian DOCG Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva

2010 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG

Sunday 7th e Monday 8th November

2016 Brunello Di Montalcino Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
2015 Brunello Di Montalcino Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG
2013 Colombaiolo Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
2015 Colombaiolo Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
Old vintage: 2010 DOCG Brunello di Montalcino Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

2016 Don Anselmo Aglianico Del Vulture Superiore Docg
2017 Synthesi Aglianico Del Vulture Superiore Doc



For the second consecutive year De Buris Amarone Riserva 2010 has been awarded the highest recognition
of the Merano WineFestival: the Platinum Award.

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG2016ROSSO
Ca’ Florian Amarone Della Valpolicella Riserva DOCG2012GOLD
Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG2010PLATINUM
Brunello Di Montalcino Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG2016ROSSO
Brunello Di Montalcino Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG2015ROSSO
Colombaiolo Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva DOCG2013GOLD
Colombaiolo Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva DOCG2015GOLD
Don Anselmo Aglianico Del Vulture Superiore Docg2016GOLD
Synthesi Aglianico Del Vulture Superiore Doc2017ROSSO

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.