About this WINE
This Valpolicella estate is owned and fun by the Campadelli family, who purchased the property in 1986. Based in the valley of Marcellise, just outside the Classico zone, it’s home to a splendid 15th century villa once owned by the Conte Marioni. Stefano Campedelli – a trained surveyor – was delighted at a chance to escape the office. Working with his wife, Nicoletta Fornasa, and brother, Marco, they started bottling in 1995, and today they farm 22 hectares, producing around 70,000 bottles a year. The wines have been fine-tuned over the years, but their hallmark is fruit purity, aided by the vineyards’ chalky soils.
Valpollicella is a famous (and infamous) Venetian wine DOC north of Verona producing enormous amounts of red wine of variable quality and accounting for almost 7% of the Veneto's entire production.
Valpolicella Classico covers the original zone, an area drastically enlarged with the granting of DOC status in 1968 (energetically encouraged by the large, local co-operatives) to encompass the fertile plains as well as the superior Lessini Mountain foothills. After opening the floodgates to gallons of poor quality Valpolicella, steps have more recently been taken to redress the quality issue, notably through the removal of Molinara from the list of permissible grape varieties. Only Corvina Veronese and Corvinone can now be used, along with a small percentage of Rondinella and Croatina.
The wines are aged in large oak vessels or stainless-steel vats for no more than a year, thus retaining the fresh, approachable, black cherry fruit that can make them so attractive. While Valpolicella (and even Classico) may be light and relatively simple, Valpolicella Ripasso is altogether richer and more satisfying. Matured on Amarone lees, it begins like a slightly less full-bodied version of Amarone before finishing on a sweet, Recioto-like note.
Valpolicella Ripasso is an increasingly popular style of Valpolicella that is produced by passing Valpolicella ‘normale’ or Classico over the still warm Amarone grape pomace in early spring after the Amarone wine has been run off. This effects a second alcoholic fermentation in the Valpolicella and gives the resulting wine more body, texture and alcohol.
Teroldego is cultivated exclusively in Trentino in north-east Italy. It performs best in the Campo Rotaliano plain north of Trento in the heart of Trentino. It is a relatively simple variety to cultivate and produces wine low in tannins but usually deep in colour, with vivacious acidity and good levels of fruit concentration.
Generally speaking Teroldego is most enjoyable with no more than 3 years of bottle ageing, while the fruit is still fresh and boisterous. However some examples from the best producers can improve for up to 10 years.