Tommasi selected in the top 130 wineries by Wine Spectator for OperaWine 2022

Since the first edition, Tommasi has been re-confirmed among the top wineries selected for the OperaWine 2022 edition.

De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Docg 2010 Riserva was selected by Wine Spectator such as best wine representing the Veneto region and Italy.

Since the first edition, Tommasi has been re-confirmed among the top wineries selected for the OperaWine 2022 edition.
De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Docg 2010 Riserva was selected by Wine Spectator such as best wine representing the Veneto region and Italy.

De Buris – Tommasi family’s luxury brand, is confirmed as an excellence of Made in Italy: De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg Riserva 2010, oenological pearl of the Valpolicella Classica, has been selected by the prestigious wine magazine Wine Spectator, and it will be presented on Saturday the 9th of April at OperaWine2022.


The world showcase of Italian wine is back on the 9th of April. Ten years after the first edition, OperaWine presents the best Italian wines to buyers who will arrive in Verona in occasion of Vinitaly.

The great fair returns from 10 to 13 April 2022, after two years of interruption, and OperaWine will take place the day before.

The world of wine is going through a unique historical moment regarding the evolving “new normal”, balancing the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic as well as the contrast between innovation and preservation of tradition.

The same elements exist in the style of Piet Mondrian, an artist who sought harmony all his life. The concept of OperaWine2022 takes inspiration from his work, with an edition that aims to look at rebirth and, above all, balance.

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.

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!


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


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


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


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



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

Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana igt 2019
James Suckling 91/100



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


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

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

Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva, the highest expression of Lake Garda

Tommasi launches its Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva, the maximum expression of wine from Lake Garda

The 2018 Riserva, a perfect combination between grape variety and terroir, completes the Le Fornaci project promoted by the Tommasi family in honor of one of Italy’s top-quality wine zones: Lake Garda

From the very heart of the Lugana denomination – and the vines of the Tommasi family’s Le Fornaci estate at Sirmione near Lake Garda – comes the 2018 Le Fornaci Lugana D.O.C. Riserva, the maximum expression of the Turbiana variety and a flagship for a wine region that is one of finest in our country.

After the 2020 Lugana D.O.C. and  2020 Le Fornaci Rosé, the Le Fornaci project is completed by another great new wine: the 2018 Riserva, an exclusive and complex white wine that reveals the more “lacustrine” and mineral style of Lugana.

«The 2018 Riserva is an elegant yet intense Lugana, which encapsulates the delicate, fresh aromas of Lake Garda: a white that is destined to represent the top quality level of our production and which will be made only in the finest vintages» comments Piergiorgio Tommasi, Sales Director of Tommasi Family Estates. «The Riserva is also a historic wine, capable of expressing the qualities of a unique terroir that our family – for several generations now – has worked hard to highlight: this wine in fact represents the top-of-the-range product of our Le Fornaci project, which we have promoted in the last few years in order to pay homage to the wonderful natural environment of a wine region that is one of the best in Italy, that of Lake Garda. We hope that through this wine, which represents for us a perfect combination between the grape variety and the terroir, all wine lovers may enjoy, together with us, the wonders, scents and flavors of this magnificent area of our country».

Le Fornaci Lugana Doc Riserva 2018 is a substantial white, produced entirely from Turbiana grapes, which matures partly in wood, thanks to which it acquires greater structure and complexity.

A pale yellow in color, with brilliant golden highlights, this Riserva displays a rich bouquet that harmoniously combines fresh, mineral notes with those of ripe yellow fruits. Its concentrated aroma also includes floral and citrusy hints as well as delicate honeyed tones, and it has an elegant aftertaste of vanilla and walnuts. The wine is broad in the mouth, with fresh tangy notes on the end palate. It has a long, intriguing, mouth-filling finish, with crisp acidity and well-balanced structure.

The 2018 Lugana Riserva is a top-quality wine that enhances the typical cuisine of Lake Garda, combining perfectly with freshwater fish, pasta dishes and moderately mature cheeses, but also with meat-based main courses.


The 2018 vintage

Summary: a complicated vintage that however translated into absolutely one of the very best for Lugana.

Harvest: it was possible to obtain excellent ripening thanks to intense work in the vineyards.

Climatological considerations: the winter and spring were very rainy, with a hot summer and particularly dry August; from early September onwards, there were ideal thermal excursions for completing the ripening process.

Agronomic considerations: a good harvest took place on the loamy, sandy soils, which are conducive to developing a larger quantity of aromatic precursors in the grapes.




Vinification and maturation

After manual harvesting and the selection of the finest clusters, a delicate, soft pressing of the whole bunches takes place. Our vinification protocol is very strict: fermentation of 25% of the must in 500-hectoliter French oak barrels and 75% in stainless steel; both wines mature for 18 months, followed by blending of the two, bottling, and 6 months’ bottle-aging.


Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva in figures:

3,327 bottles produced; 1,000 destined for the Italian market.

Summer in Verona: Wine and Opera

Veneto terra di amici, Verona terra d’amore” (“Veneto land of friendship; Verona land of love”) is the chorus of one of an Italian song dedicated to the city of Romeo and Juliet: a place that boasts Roman and romantic, cultural and oeno-gastronomic traditions, which include wine and the Arena.
From the hot nights of June till the mild ones of September, Summer in the Verona area cannot but be spent on the shores of Lake Garda in the company of a glass of Le Fornaci Lugana D.O.C., or in the shade of an umbrella by the pool with a glass of Valpolicella D.O.C., served cool, if possible.
Because there are only two things that the rising temperatures cannot put a stop to: a good bottle of wine and the annual appointment with opera. The latter is a tradition that boasts years and years of huge success, with productions bearing the names of artists like Riccardo Cocciante or Riccardo Muti, whose latest “Aida” opened the 2021 season in Verona’s famous amphitheater. But, to discover its origins, we have to take a step back in time.

It was in 1913 – around the time that Tommasi, too, was beginning to make its name known around the city – that “Aida” brought the wonders of opera onto the stage of the Arena.

«I think that, of all the operas, it’s the one that’s most suited to this venue: it’s hard for anyone not to associate it – as a great visual and vocal event – with the Arena in Verona».

Alberto Gazale, the baritone born at Sassari in Sardinia, smiles on the stage of the Arena as he prepares to sing the part of Amonasro, Aida’s father in Verdi’s opera, 22 years after his debut here in this role. Verona has been his second home, and it is here that he laid the foundations for the enormous success that has led to him performing in the most prestigious theaters in the world, including La Fenice in Venice, La Scala in Milan, the Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna e the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

«Artistically speaking, I was practically born in the Arena, the mother of the art of opera in the Veneto. In 1999 I sang in my first “Aida” here, but in ‘98 I had made my debut in Giuliano Montaldo’s production of Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” (“A Masked Ball”), that season’s première. For me, coming back to Verona almost every year is a great source of satisfaction and a great joy».

Meanwhile, the audience are taking their seats for another sold-out performance: Italians, foreigners, couples and single people, adults but also children. For many years now, colored fans have fluttered amid the stalls and glasses of wine have accompanied the show.

«I couldn’t have a home in Valpolicella and not love the great wines of the Veneto and of Verona,» Gazale stresses, «Amarone above all, but also Ripasso, Recioto and all the great historic wines. We might say that wine has a lot in common with art. It is made up of sensations, psychology, connections and emotions, and the liaison of a great wine with a great artistic performance represents a real apotheosis. I have known few well-traveled artists who didn’t also have a passion for wine, which is an extremely deep-rooted part of our culture. It is one of the finest things we know how to do or make».

In the vaults under the Arena, the artists are beginning to prepare for the performance: here you can hear their vocal exercises, while the half- made-up and half-dressed extras run from one end of the corridors to the other. Because, in the Arena, every evening represents a new challenge.

«Choosing a favorite opera is a bit like having to choose between your children. It depends on the director, the conductor; the cast members change, and the same opera can have greater or lesser appeal. But the important thing is especially to love that production, because the strength of an opera is its impromptu nature. Every performance and every evening are different from the rest».

Just as, in the same way, every glass of wine can have a different effect, especially in Valpolicella, where the tasting from Rafaèl Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc, to Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore doc  and Amarone della Valpolicella Classisco docg is an experience of never ending harmony, also evidenced by the excellent reviews of the well-known critic James Suckling.

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.