Tommasi Crearo super star in Finland It was held yesterday in Helsinki, the gala dinner organized by the prestigious wine magazine Viinilehti, the most important wine and spirits Finnish magazine. Every year the magazine organizes a competition that involves all the wines of the world and that rewards the best. In the final, with a New Zealand pinot noir and a Californian cabernet sauvignon, Tommasi Crearo has won the first prize for Best Red Wine of the Year 2019 for both the expert jury and the public, who voted for its elegance and finesse. 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. A 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. During his award speech Pierangelo Tommasi, Export Director, states: «I am very excited and proud. Crearo is a wine that my cousin Giancarlo, the family oenologist, and myself, imagined making together when we were taking a walk on the Conca d’Oro hill in the Valpolicella Classica way back in 1997. We decided that Cabernet Franc also be 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. I am particularly proud of this success in Finland and in the Scandinavian countries, where with the Interbrands group we have had a solid collaboration for 15 years. A market that we have made grow in an important way and that sees us among the protagonists as leading producers and among the first and most esteemed ambassadors of the Valpolicella Classica».