When Riccardo Tedeschi acquired the Monte Olmi vineyard in the gentle hills between Lake Garda and Verona in 1918, he was not just following his intuition. With the purchase of the 2.5-hectare garden, he laid a foundation stone that gave new greatness to the almost four-hundred-year-old family heritage. For his youngest son Lorenzo saw a great opportunity and in the early 1960s began to vinify the grapes of the vineyard separately, to produce the first cru, and to print the name of the site on the label. An innovation at the time.
"This decision created one of the very first crus of Valpolicella, which has become the flagship of our winery." Lorenzo recognised the potential of making terroir-driven wines - and so he began to focus on the uniqueness of the region to create complex, elegant and long-lasting wines with great character that deliberately stand out from the crowd. Today, his three children Antonietta, Sabrina and Ricardo run the winery, inherited by the same family care and dedication, and the same open eye for technical insights and innovations. "We leave nothing to chance. Great experience and scientific precision are our formulas for the future.".
In the valleys and hills of the historically important wine region, the company's vines now ripen on 48 hectares of land with sustainability certification. "In addition to the obligatory autochthonous grape varieties Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, we also grow a small percentage of lesser-known varieties such as Oseleta, which are nevertheless traditionally used in Valpolicella." The estate's top vineyards today also include La Fabriseria and Maternigo, and Monte Olmi is considered a symbol of the estate and its territory. The high lime content in the marl soils later gives the wine its aromatic intensity, surprising complexity and elegance. Percentages of iron oxides and manganese are responsible for the spicy, red-fruity notes such as black cherry and cherry and give Tedeschi's Amarone its typical character. But the family wants to interpret the area in all its diversity and produces Valpolicella Superiore in addition to the world-famous Amarone. A total of 12 labels each tell their own story, but it is always the territorial wines with great personality.
Amarone, the flagship of Valpolicella and one of the very great wines of Italy, is nevertheless given an appropriate role in the vinification process. "The production of this wine requires grapes of the absolute highest quality and an almost artistic care. Quantities are always limited to ensure a product of outstanding quality." As an evolution of Retico, a wine made from raisined grapes with a sweet character typical of the region, the harvest is dried for three to four months in an environment with controlled temperature and humidity. This gives the grapes depth, density and complexity. After pressing, the must remains in contact with the skins for a long time and matures in large Slavonian oak barrels. In this way, a wine with inimitable character is created that directly expresses the territory. "We believe that our wine must be considered the result of our land and our history." The story of the Tedeschi family, which is far from being at its end.
We invite you to discover this great winery and its 2019 Marne 180 Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG at our German-speaking wein.plus:club online tasting 'Rote Verführung' in September 2023. Places available for wine professionals and private wine fans are very limited.
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