Allegrini

The Allegrini family estate covers 100 hectares of vineyard in the heart of Valpolicella Classico. Though they have been growing grapes here for several centuries, Giovanni Allegrini was the first to start bottling wines from the family's vineyards.

When he died in 1983, he passed on to his three children - Walter, Marilisa and Franco - a passion for and a commitment to quality wine. They worked together to build on Giovanni's quality ethos until Walter's death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is the winemaker, while Marilisa is director of marketing. From the 2007 vintage, Franco sacrificed the Classico status of the Valpolicella and bottled the wine under Stelvin to eliminate as much as possible the problems of cork taint and random oxidation.

The Valpolicella has a very intense concentration with typical cherry pie flavours and lifted perfumes. The wine is ripe and lively. The 'La Grola' and 'Palazzo della Torre' continue to set the standard by which all other wines from Valpolicella are judged. The former is sleek and beguiling, while the latter, a 'baby Amarone', is plush and rounded. Their Amarone is outstanding, intense yet balanced, while their flagship wine 'La Poja', made solely from Corvina, is the original - and still the finest - 'super Veronese'..
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