Tommasi pays homage to Lake Garda: the Le Fornaci Lugana project is unstoppable

Tommasi launches two novelties that will be presented alongside Lugana doc 2020: Le Fornaci Rosé and, in the coming months, Lugana doc Riserva 2018 

The unique panorama of the Le Fornaci Estate, with its neat rows of vines descending to the shores of Lake Garda, unites grape varieties and territory. The Tommasi family is ready to step up the Le Fornaci project with the new vintage of a great classic of the Veronese wine school, Lugana DOC 2020, and two absolute novelties: Le Fornaci Rosé 2020 and Le Fornaci Lugana DOC Riserva 2018, which will be presented by the end of the summer.. 

 «Lugana is an elegant and intense wine that evokes the delicate and fresh aromas of Lake Garda – comments Giancarlo Tommasi, oenologist for Tommasi Family Estates – It is also a heritage wine that encapsulates the unique qualities of a territory that our family has been committed to promoting for generations. Le Fornaci thus evolved into a bold and articulate project to pay homage to the Lake’s incredible landscapes and to one of Italy’s best wine regions. We express this through the wines we produce, wine tourism and, above all, the culture of hospitality that has always set us apart. In light of the past year, 2021 will probably not be an easy year, but we have decided to aim high and to give a sign: the Tommasi family is here to stay. Thanks to the passionate work of the women and men on our estates, we are ready to move forward with exciting news. In addition to the new Lugana 2020, Le Fornaci Rosé, an exclusive, intriguing wine with a floral bouquet and a vibrant sip, is on the way; and in the coming months, Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva 2018 will represent the pinnacle expression of Lake Garda, and our idea of a perfect union between vine and territory». 

 Le Fornaci Rosé is a blend of the indigenous Turbiana (90%) and Rondinella (10%) grape varieties, and a symbolic union of terroirs from two sides of the lake. Turbiana from Tenuta Le Fornaci, just outside Sirmione, meets Rondinella from a vineyard we own in Peschiera del Garda to create a wine with a unique colour that is the result of meticulous work that began with the careful selection of the grapes, through to the delicate phases of pressing and vinification. The soft colour, reminiscent of rose petals, is the prelude to a rich bouquet: fragrant and fine, with aromas of pink grapefruit, peach blossom, hints of minerals and tangerine peel. Matured in stainless steel, Le Fornaci Rosé is fresh, fragrant and subtle, with a vibrant acidity that brings back notes of citrus peel, and a lingering, harmonious finish. The complexity of this rosé encapsulates the philosophy of the Tommasi family, which promotes quality production through technological innovation while respecting the environment and the great winemaking traditions of the region. 

Served chilled, Le Fornaci Rosé is perfect as an aperitif and with delicate hors d’oeuvres, or for the impromptu pizza night. The structure of the wine makes it a stand out served with seafood main courses or oriental cuisine. This is the wine with the versatility that makes it ideal for everyday, casual dining. 

Le Fornaci Lugana DOC Riserva 2018 will be ready by the end of the summer. The wine was produced from a manual selection of the grapes ripened to produce a structured and intensely expressive wine. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, 25% of the production rests in 500-litre French wooden barrels and 75% in stainless steel tanks, both for 18 months. This is followed by blending and bottle resting for at least 6 months. 

The project Le Fornaci Lugana is unstoppable, and is one again ready to excite palates with new wines by Tommasi. 


Primavera: Tommasi Welcome Area è aperta

La cantina di Tommasi nel cuore della Valpolicella Classica ha aperto le porte alla Primavera ed è pronta ad accogliervi con passione ed entusiasmo per offrirvi un’esperienza in tutta sicurezza.

Il nostro territorio circondato di gentili colline e disegnato dai vigneti è pronto a darvi il benvenuto per respirare i colori e i profumi della Valpolicella in uno dei momenti più belli dell'anno, quando i ciliegi ed i peschi sono fioriti e le vigne ricominciano il loro ciclo vegetativo.

La Welcome Area di Tommasi è un luogo accogliente capace di raccontare passato, presente e futuro della famiglia Tommasi.

In esclusiva per questo periodo è possibile ricevere tutta la gamma dei vini Tommasi Family Estates comodamente a casa, in nostri wine specialists sono a disposizione per consigliarvi i migliori abbinamenti.
Scopri QUI i dettagli.

Il nostro Wineshop è aperto dalle 10.00 alle 16.00, dal lunedì al sabato.
Per Verona e provincia è possibile effettuare il ritiro e il pagamento presso il Wine Shop di Pedemonte o in alternativa la consegna al proprio domicilio su appuntamento.

La nostra Welcome Area è un luogo dove sentirsi accolti e protetti.
SCOPRI le nostre proposte di visita e le degustazioni.

Abbiamo predisposto tutte le misure necessarie per tutelare chi ci verrà a trovare, le priorità per noi sono la cura e rispetto per i nostri Ospiti, a salvaguarda della loro salute e comfort.
Ti aspettiamo!!

 


Great reviews by Vinous

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.
Today Vinous has subscribers in over 100 countries and is one of the most respected wine publications in the world.

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.

 


Ripasso: la promessa di cambiamento

Nato da un prodotto quotidiano come il Valpolicella, il Ripasso si è elevato a tal punto da posizionarsi a metà tra un Amarone e un Valpolicella Superiore. La sua storia rispecchia a tratti quella della maggior parte dei suoi degustatori. Dentro di sé porta tradizione, cultura e cambiamenti.

 

La sua, come la nostra, è una storia di evoluzione e di crescita. Il Ripasso non è un vino come gli altri. Non viene prodotto con un vitigno, ma con una tipologia di lavoro particolare, realizzata in cantina da tempo immemore.
Prima degli anni ’60, quando ancora la denominazione di origine controllata non esisteva, il Ripasso era una sorta di vino della rinascita. Prodotto con il succo rimasto nella botte, godeva di una seconda vita fermentando sulle bucce appassite di un vino più buono come il Recioto.
Il Ripasso unisce storia e modernità, diventando il prodotto che più si avvicina alle aspettative attuali di tanti consumatori. Ma non è la prima volta che il suo fascino incanta gli appassionati.
Durante gli anni ’90, mentre la Disney invadeva il mercato con i suoi cartoni, Beverly Hills 90210 segnava un’epoca ed il singolo One consacrava gli U2, anche il Ripasso entrava nella speciale classifica dei vini più trend, diventando letteralmente un fenomeno di moda e affermandosi come trend nei maggiori mercati.

Il Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc ha un’anima elegante e un carattere tradizionale, che gli permettono di trovare il suo perfetto equilibrio fra il Valpolicella classico e l’Amarone. È un vino che porta dentro di sé il passaggio dalla povertà alla ricchezza, un percorso che lo rende il nuovo protagonista a casa o per una cena fra amici.
Assicura struttura, complessità aromatica, completezza restando accessibile da ogni punto di vista.
Un patrimonio della saggezza contadina ora rivalutato come vino di grande attualità.

Il Ripasso è un vino nato dell’astuzia contadina, come elemento di economia circolare (allora si chiamava molto più semplicemente “saggezza”). I mezzadri producevano il vino dolce Recioto per i padroni delle terre, ma poi potevano tenere le vinacce, una volta finito il processo di fermentazione.
Queste vinacce venivano fatte rifermentare con la tecnica del “ripassare” il vino base che producevano per il loro sostentamento famigliare. Aggiungendo il mosto sulle vinacce ricche di zuccheri, si otteneva un vino più robusto e calorico, una fonte di energia alimentare importante per le famiglie.

L’avvento della DOC Valpolicella, con il decreto-legge del 1968, ne ha portato poi la trasformazione fino al disciplinare definitivo del 2010. E se in quell’anno Federer si aggiudicava il quarto Australian Open, il Ripasso sostituiva le vinacce di partenza, restando però fedele alla sua tradizionale tecnica da cui porta il nome. Oggi infatti si scelgono due dei vini più nobili e storici della Valpolicella. Si prende il Valpolicella Superiore e lo si mette sulle vinacce più buone dell’Amarone, ed ecco che la qualità sale a quella che contraddistingue il Ripasso.
Se l’Amarone continua ad essere un vino icona, il Valpolicella Ripasso riscuote e gode i maggiori successi commerciali grazie anche all’ottimo rapporto qualità\prezzo.
Il legame tra questi due vini resta molto forte, non solo per la produzione del Ripasso, che è direttamente collegata a quella dell’Amarone, ma anche perché sono entrambi realizzati con le migliori uve autoctone della Valpolicella: Corvina, Corvinone e Rondinella.

 

L’eleganza del Ripasso non rimane solo nella sua storia, ma la si può trovare anche nel colore che lo definisce: quel rosso rubino intenso e luminoso, ricco e intensamente fruttato, con tannini morbidi e
setosi e una lunga persistenza.
Il periodo di affinamento in grandi botti di legno di Slavonia per il Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc dura circa 18 mesi e il suo metodo di produzione è un vanto per la famiglia Tommasi, divenutane uno dei principali ambasciatori nel mondo e meritando negli anni sempre ottimi riconoscimenti.
In particolare l’annata in commercio, la 2017, ha meritato diversi riconoscimenti: 93 punti da James Suckling, 91 da Vinous e Falstaff e 90 per Decanter e Meininger’s.
Al di là dei punteggi, è tra i vini che maggiormente raccomandiamo per assicurarsi un’ottima figura sia come ospiti sia come padroni di casa.

di Giulia Taviani - Tommasi


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.


Crearo when autoctone becomes international

An iconic wine that epitomize the encounter between the tradition of Valpolicella and the creativity of the oenologist Giancarlo Tommasi.
Crearo della Conca d’Oro combines in fact the indigenous Corvina and Oseleta grapes with Cabernet Franc, a completely new and unusual blend for Valpolicella Classica.
Crearo is a wine designed outside the box, to enhance our terroir; a wine that represents a transversal and modern style.

Crearo is a blend of Corvina, Oseleta and Cabernet Franc; the grapes are selected in the prestigious cru Conca d’Oro, in the Valpolicella Classica region, where the Tommasi family owns 9 hectares.
After a maceration for 15 days at a controlled temperature of 21-23 °C, the refinement continues for 6 months in a 500 liter French oak tonneau and a further 12 months in 65 hl Slavonian oak barrels; the wine then rests in the bottle for six months.
Brilliant, deep ruby red in color, it offers a rich bouquet of delicately herbaceous, fruity and spicy aromas, with notes of violets, ripe cherries, tobacco and vanilla. It is full-bodied on the palate, with evident but velvety tannins and a spicy tanginess which gives it excellent and attractive length.

«Crearo is a wine that Giancarlo, the family oenologist, and I thought to make together when we were taking a walk on the Conca d’Oro hill in the Valpolicella Classica way back in 1997. We decided to have Cabernet Franc grape planted in this cru vineyard. We thus created a completely new and unusual blend for Valpolicella, but which has proved to be a winning choice for the qualities of this international blend that goes well with the characteristics of native grapes. Crearo is a wine that was thought up “outside the box”, to exalt our terroir; a wine that represents a transversal and modern style. » Pierangelo Tommasi


Le Fornaci Lugana on Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator, one of the most prestigious wine magazine in the world, on October 31sy issue is featuring a nice article by Alison Napjus on delicois wines from three unsung Veneto DOCs.

Lugana is one of these DOCs that worth exploaration.
We are very proud to has been metioned in the article with our Le Fornaci Lugana project.
HERE the full article.

Tommasi Le Fornaci Lugana 2

 

With a strong belief in the Lugana territory and its wine, the Tommasi family has cultivated a dream of expanding the project. In 2013, after conducting much research in the area, additional investments were made in Sirmione.

The Fornaci Estate, therefore, is made up of three main vineyards located in different areas of Lugana DOC, making up a total of 45 hectares: one larger plot of land by Lake Garda, and two further inland, all in Sirmione.

All of the vineyards were planted with a single typical vine variety, called Turbiana, using the guyot training system and a high vine density (approximately 5,000 vines per hectare).

There is also an important project in the works to accompany this investment: the construction of a winery entirely dedicated to the production of Lugana as well as a building destined for hospitality and wine tourism, with an area for tastings and refreshments for all visitors.

In 2021, two new references will be launched to complete the project.

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Le Fornaci Lugana
Brilliant, intense straw yellow colour, Le Fornaci Lugana is fragrant with fruity aromas and notes of tropical fruits and grapefruit. On the palate, it’s dry and harmonious with an elegant freshness.

It is intense and persistent, with a sapid, mineral finish and a typical aroma of almond.

Lugana Le Fornaci is obtained from an accurate harvest of the grapes, followed by slow fermentation at controlled temperature (14 ° / 18 °) and stripping by natural sedimentation.
Aging for about 3 months on lees and fine yeasts followed by aging in steel.

Served at  cool temperature, it is ideal as an aperitif, with appetizers and finger food; it pairs well with both fresh and salt-water fish. Excellent with flavourful first courses, risotto, delicate meats, and fresh cheeses.

VINTAGE 2019
On Evidence:

very particular year for the weather: the low temperatures, combined with the high temperature ranges, allowed for excellent ripening and good acidity of the grapes. A very positive year.

Harvest:
2019 harvest began one week later (second half of September) compared to the average. Harvest done by hand and also by machine at night, to speed up the intervention and preserve as much as possible aromas and aromas.

Climate considerations:
rainy and cold May, hot June and then return of the cold towards August. From the end of September dry with mild temperatures and good day / night temperature range

Agronomic considerations:
the best conditions have been created for the production of Lugana with a more intense aromatic expression and greater flavor.


Amarone 2016

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016: a must have, in a market that remains receptive 

With the arrival of September, we have begun distribution of the 2016 vintage of our Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C.G.; a year that was considered “awkward”, but in which our Amarone has amazed everyone with its refinement and character: an Amarone that reveals itself to be extremely elegant, with intriguing aromas and good balance on the palate.

A year, 2016, that was difficult on the whole, especially regarding the health of the vineyards, but which improved from autumn onwards and provided good fruit for drying, in order to make an Amarone which, in the glass, is complex and elegant. This just goes to show once again that wine, and Amarone in particular, can display an ability to evolve well in spite of the agronomic data and gloomy forecasts.

The La Groletta and Conca d’Oro vineyards certainly lived up to their reputation, aided by careful vinification in the winery and three years’ maturation in large Slavonian oak casks. The 2016 vintage stands out especially thanks to the great harmony of its sensory profiles, starting off with the “nose”, with an array of fragrances that ranges from sensations of red and black fruits to notes of jam, as well as spicy and balsamic nuances. The wine’s structure on the palate is similarly complex: Amarone’s characteristic sweetly fruity soul is nicely underpinned by the tannins, but especially by a tanginess that gives it a supple and juicy liveliness.

If one observes the market scenario for high-quality wines on a worldwide basis, Amarone is one of the products that has succeeded best in resisting the problematic effects of Covid-19.

 

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This is confirmed by an analysis from our Canadian partner Michael Shuster, of International Cellars, who has provided us with the following market breakdown:
«In British Columbia we have registered, since the beginning of the year, a drop in sales of Amarone of 4.5%.  The most substantial downturn has – as for all other premium wines – been in the hospitality sector, with a contraction of around 46%. We have, though, compensated for this loss with significant growth in the sales of Amarone to the government monopoly (up 2.1%) and particularly to private stores, where we have registered a notable increase of 37%. We have therefore recuperated most of the shortfall through retail sales. Even now, consumers are continuing to buy high-quality wines especially from retail outlets and are drinking them at home. We are also noticing this substantially positive trend for Amarone, even in this totally exceptional period resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, in Alberta as well, even if here the recovery in the hospitality channel is more problematic. This Province of Canada is, though, showing an upturn for Amarone of 6.9%. It should also be remembered that Tommasi’s Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is still the best-selling Amarone in both British Columbia and Alberta».

Famiglie dell'Amarone d'Arte in Stockholm 161014 Pierangelo Tommasi ©Photo:Claes Lofgren/winepictures.com

 We also find similar dynamics in various other areas of the global market.
«The markets where our Amarone has performed best in the last year are Scandinavia, Canada, and the USA, followed by Switzerland, Japan and Korea» underlines Pierangelo Tommasi, Executive Director. «Currently our distribution around the world is divided up equally between on-trade and retail. Because of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, the HORECA channel has seen a notable slowdown and only now – fortunately – is gradually picking up.  The drop in sales in the on- trade, which has also affected those of Amarone, has been partly offset by an increase in sales to the markets where there are Monopolies, or through the online channel». 

«I hope that in 2021 we will be able to go back to normality, with a generalized reopening of restaurants and especially of the duty frees, which represent an important sales and positioning channel for Tommasi. 2020 has nevertheless brought with it - even in the difficult first three months - some important news for our Amarone: for example, the relaunch of a far-away, but significant market with great potential for growth like Australia. And in the last three months of 2020 and in 2021 we will begin new collaborations in certain markets in South America and South-East Asia».

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