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50 Years of the Good Stuff With Bertani, (Veneto, Italy)

Raisin wine? Exactly. For generations, Amarone della Valpolicella has mesmerized the throngs of thirtsy winos in search of the next best thing. While most people love Amarone for its rich profile of fruit and power, very few understand how it’s made and how it comes to be.

Six vintages spanning 50 years


Recioto and Amarone – They’re An Earfull

The Veneto is one of Italy’s most important wine producing regions, and it’s one of the few places in the world where dried

One of Italy's most important regions: Veneto

grapes are worth their weight in the gold. Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella are both produced using indigenous grapes that […]

The Quintessential Quintarelli

The Veneto in northern Italy is home to some of the country’s most famous wineries. One winery

A typical wine label from Guiseppe Quintarelli

in particular has managed to set itself apart from the rest of the pack. Behind the trademark, hand-written labels, hidden from the world beneath the cork, are wines that are […]

Get To Know Your Grapes: Corvina

The Veneto’s most prestigious wine is Amarone della Valpolicella; a rich wine with aromas of raisins and spice. Amarone, derived from the Italian word, “amaro”, meaning “bitter” is produced from grapes that after the harvest are dried on straw mats or are hung from overheard rafters. Although up to fifteen grape varieties are permitted in […]

Interview with Tony Apostolakos, U.S. Director - Masi Agricola

The well-spoken Tony Apostolakos not only advocates the wines he represents, but he condones the spirit and philosophy of taming the vine. His employer, Masi Agricola, is a sixth-generation, family-owned winery that is renowned for its exceptional Veronese wines, most notably the Amarone della Valpolicella bottlings. Amarone is a unique style of wine obtained from […]