• "Monte Lodoletta" Valpolicella Superiore DOC 2014

      “Monte Lodoletta” Valpolicella Superiore DOC 2014

      The star of the house gives the Dominator in the Dal-Forno style like every year. Dark and dense, it reveals an intense bouquet with jammy aromas of red and dark fruits, alongside which spices and wood, tobacco and chocolate echo. As an overwhelming demonstration of power one experiences at the same time the youthful stormy taste. SUPERIORE.DE

      "The 2014 is a unique rendition of Dal Forno’s Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta. It's a remarkably pretty wine, displaying crushed ripe strawberries and plums with cinnamon, clove, vanilla bean and a cooling hint of mint. The textures are velvety, coating all that they touch in glycerol fruit concentration, yet somehow coming across as zesty and spry, contrasting weight with saturating notes of tart blackberry and savory spice. There’s a bit of a lull in the midpalate, yet it hardly takes away from the experience. At times, the Monte Lodoletta can seem almost salty, especially through its long, mouthwatering finish, where hints of cherry pits and herbs linger. This atypical yet truly enjoyable expression is the result of the extremely difficult 2014 vintage, when hail damaged and reduced the crop in the lower-elevation vineyards, followed by rain from August through September. As a result, Dal Forno decided not to produce their Amarone, and to instead focus all of their attention on the Valpolicella. The result is a wine that no Dal Forno fan should miss." Vinous

      "A beautiful, polished red with dried-berry, plum, floral and cedar aromas. Full body and a flavorful finish. Extremely refined and polished, more so than many past vintages. Already gorgeous, but needs a year or two to come together." James Suckling

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :94 points
      • Doctor Wine:98 points
      • Vinous:94 points
      • James Suckling:95 points
      • Grape Varieties: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2037+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      87,90 €
    • "Vigna Seré" Passito Rosso IGT 2004

      “Vigna Seré" Passito Rosso IGT 2004

      Passito Seré is not a new wine from Dal Forno, but the former Recioto DOCG, which is now on the market as IGT - if you get to see or drink it at all. Incredibly rich and dense, lots of ripe, dark fruit and roasted coffee beans on the nose. Opulent and generous on the palate, the sweetness shows excellent balance. A particularly structured and almost magical dessert wine. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Labeled as “air-dried sweet red wine” instead of its traditional name “Recioto,” this is indeed a powerful and generous wine. It boasts huge density and superintense aromas of blackberry, oak spice and tobacco. Keep it for your cellar." Wine Enthusiast

      "Bright deep ruby. Intense but refined aromas and flavors of red cherry jam, licorice cocoa and flinty minerals, with a bright violet topnote. Lively but harmonious acidity really lift and extend the rich high concentrated and multilayered flavors on the long, luscious and very precise finish. In many respects, this is always my favorite wine from Dal Forno, as I find it has impeccable balance (14% alcohol, 150g/L r.s. and 7g/L total acidity) and a very high easy-drinking quality (especially given a rather crazy-high 56g/L dry extract). The extremely high quality of this wine (it used to be labeled as a Recioto della Valpolicella) and Dal Forno’s exacting standards are well demonstrated by the fact that he has only made this wine six times in the roughly thirty year lifetime of the estate! Even though the 2004 vintage was marred by an early July hailstorm, this is one of Dal Forno’s best Reciotos ever." Vinous

      "The 2004 Passito Rosso Vino Dolce Vigna Seré is a masterpiece that is impossible to repeat. In fact, the wine has not been produced since 2004. Even if a vintage as good as this did come along, we'd need to wait another 13 years before we could enjoy this level of maturity and evolution. Formally a Recioto della Valpolicella, this sweet red wine is made with air-dried fruit as local tradition dictates. Luckily no botrytis set in that year, because that would have eroded the wine's deep and luscious color saturation. The bouquet delivers a generous flow of dark spice, bitter chocolate, espresso, raisin, plum, barbecue spice and teriyaki smoke. The concentration and layering of the wine are both rare and distinctive. The mouthfeel sees sweet flavors with a syrupy mouthfeel. The finish offers hints of caramelized brown sugar and savory hickory. The aging window is impossible to predict, but the wine is surely built to last. I can think of no other wine that comes close to matching this unique style." Robert Parker

      • Bibenda:
      • Veronelli :97 points
      • Robert Parker:99 points
      • Vinous:96 points
      • Wine Enthusiast:94 points
      • Grape Varieties: 55% Corvina, 20% Croatina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 14,00 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 14-16 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2032+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292304 · 0,375 l · 397,33 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping6 units available

      149,00 €
    • "Monte Lodoletta" Valpolicella Superiore DOC 2011 <br>MAGNUM in OWC

      “Monte Lodoletta” Valpolicella Superiore DOC 2011 · MAGNUM in OWC

      Three years after the Annata, Romano and his sons are launching a small edition of the same vintage in a magnum bottle. Dark and dense, it reveals an intense bouquet with jammy aromas of red and dark fruits, alongside which spices and wood, tobacco and chocolate echo. As an overwhelming demonstration of power one experiences at the same time the youthful stormy taste. SUPERIORE.DE

      "The 2011 Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta is a darkly concentrated but carefully balanced expression that only the most expert vintner can pull off with success. Consider that the dry extract is a massive 48 grams per liter. In fact, there is some minor precipitation of color matter even at this relatively young age. This wine was aged in new oak for two years (instead of the standard three years) with four years bottle (instead of three). That extra year in glass served to help the wine integrate and to reduce micro-oxygenation. The bouquet is bright and fragrant with floral notes of rose and violet that are rare to find in Valpolicella. There are faint tertiary notes as well that add to the complexity. You will find cured leather and savory spice. The finish offers enough acidity to refresh the palate, following that considerable density and thickness." Robert Parker

      "A powerful and dense red with so much concentration of fruit and chocolate undertones. Hints of toasted oak. Full body and a velvety texture. Fantastic and dense red as usual." James Suckling

      "This wine is a blend of 70 per cent Corvina with 20 per cent Rondinella and just 5 per cent each of Croatina and Oseleta. It’s deep black-red in colour, and is dark and forceful, sombre yet voluptuous in aroma: a harmonious weave of black chocolate, sloe and elderberry, with the years in oak bringing a cedary refinement. On the palate, it’s a vault of a wine: deep, dark and roomy, packed with earthy refinements and black-fruited echoes, both severe yet soft and enticing too. The tannins are ample yet fine-grained, the acidity delicate and sustaining. I wrote about the ‘crocodilian’ character of grand Veneto dried-fruit reds wine back in April, but the teeth are polished ivory here. This is horizon-altering ‘Valpolicella’ which would perform outstandingly in any Amarone tasting." Decanter

      • Bibenda:
      • Robert Parker:93 points
      • James Suckling:94 points
      • Decanter :98 points
      • Grape Varieties: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 17,00 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2040+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292511 · 1,5 l · 137,33 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping2 units available

      206,00 €
    • "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2013

      “Monte Lodoletta” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2013

      A monument of wine! Brilliant dark ruby. Fresh, silky, elegant - and majestic. Blackberry jam, violets, bittersweet chocolate, plus crushed rock and minerality. An opulent wine with fabulously polished tannins and a considerable ageing potential. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Absurdly intense on the nose, saturated in dark-plum essence, vanilla, tar, ash, mocha and light raisins. Somehow, this still manages to be fresh and elegant — that’s thanks in part to the fine nature of the tannins, which on the surface seem brash and burly. Full-bodied and very, very long, casting dark fruit deep and ingrained. A stunning blockbuster of a wine that will either thrill or disturb." James Suckling

      "The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta needs time – and a lot of it – to show all of its charms. But worry not, because you can already find pleasure in its dramatic display of rich plums and cherries dipped in mocha-infused chocolate with a dusting of cinnamon sugar and sweet tobacco. This is black as night yet truly purple in color, with depths of concentrated wild berry fruits contrasted by zesty acids that do an amazing job of lifting the expression. Grippy tannins saturate slowly, sneaking up on you and lasting throughout the impossibly long black hole of a finish, where notes of licorice, bitters and a coating of cocoa powder linger. Wow. The 2013 is built for the cellar and with tons of upside potential. If you dare to delve into one of these while young, I’d suggest opening your bottle a number of hours prior to enjoying. That said, this will be worth the wait." Vinous

      "The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is my favorite wine in the retrospective, along with the amazing 2011, 2009 and 1996 vintages. This wine was released at the beginning of this year, and because Dal Forno skipped over the 2014 vintage, this is the only Amarone we will see for a while (until the highly anticipated 2015 is released). The 2013 vintage is characterized by a slightly more streamlined mouthfeel (which isn't saying much given the baseline enormity of these wines) with carefully etched aromas of black cherry, rum cake, dark chocolate and toasted espresso. The 2013 vintage was balanced overall without the sudden heat waves we saw in the summers of 2011 and 2012. The grapes finished a slow and steady ripening process over an extended growing season. The effect is graceful and focused. Put this bottle aside in your cellar for the decades to come." Robert Parker

      "A richly pungent red, with smoke and forest floor notes on the nose transitioning to a well-knit range of baked black cherry, bay leaf and dried fig flavors, with a touch of espresso. Full-bodied and dense, with the fine-grained tannins holding sway on the long, minerally finish." Wine Spectator

      • Bibenda:
      • Robert Parker:98 points
      • Vinous:97 points
      • Wine Spectator :95 points
      • James Suckling:97 points
      • Grape Varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 16,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2048+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292113 · 0,75 l · 385,33 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shippingavailable immediately

      289,00 €
    • "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2008

      “Monte Lodoletta” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2008

      Sparkling, rich ruby with a light garnet edge. Intense bouquet of dark berries, plums, slightly raisiny, very balanced. On the palate almost explosive and multi-layered, with a wonderfully smooth texture like velvet and silk, then soft, sweetish and dense tannin, builds up endlessly. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Impenetrable dark lustrous ruby. Like the 2008 Valpolicella but exponentially augmented: chalky dense fruit and succulent acidity. Muscular tannins. Long, intense and wonderfully composed at the same time in spite of its 16.5% (!)." Jancis Robinson

      "This is a lighter, more elegant style from Dal Forno, reflecting the cooler vintage conditions in 2008. The juicy palate is balanced by a wonderful level of structure, with slightly generic but ripe plum and hedgerow fruit with violet lift. A textural mid-palate leads onto a creamy cherry fruit finish." Decanter

      "The new Dal Forno winery was finished in 2008, complete with the unique vacuum-sealed fermentation tasks that help to avoid any intrusive oxygen during winemaking. Indeed, this wine is balanced and elegant with fruit that is still crunchy and very much alive. The tannins are firm and nicely integrated into the wine's thick, fleshy consistency. This vintage is characterized by a very elegant and graceful approach, which must be taken into context given the enormity of a wine of this caliber. Happily, there is no doubt that this vintage should still evolve steadily over time." Robert Parker

      "The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella is compelling. With a little air, the tannins begin to soften, releasing a myriad of intense dark aromas and flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, cloves, violets, plums and blackberry jam cover every inch of the palate in a stunning, headspinning Amarone that captures all of the best qualities of the year. When Romano Dal Forno's wines are on, there is nothing quite like them, and that is certainly the case here. If opened young, the 2008 needs a little air. Actually, a lot of air." Vinous

      • Robert Parker:96 points
      • Vinous:98 points
      • James Suckling:97 points
      • Decanter :94 points
      • Jancis Robinson:18 points
      • Grape Varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 16,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2040+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292108 · 0,75 l · 452,00 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping8 units available

      339,00 €
    • "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2009

      “Monte Lodoletta” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2009

      Monte Lodoletta 2009 exudes remarkable warmth and ripeness, with deep layers of Venezuelan dark chocolate, herbs, liquorice, smoke, dark fruit and toasted oak. For such a big wine, this Amarone has remarkable detail and nuance, and in an explosive style. On the palate, flavours of black plum, coffee liqueur, spice, tobacco, vanilla and herbs abound. A high alcohol, heady wine that is not for those who believe that less can be more. Everything is here in exuberant volume and it takes hours to get through this wine. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Almost impenetrably deep, purple ruby. Intensely brooding, savoury fruit. Richly concentrated and intense, but not overpoweringly so. Richly tannic while all falls into place on the finish. Long, balanced and endless, really." Jancis Robinson

      "Rich, with aromatic herb and tarry smoke notes, this silky, supple red is framed by mouthwatering acidity and dusty tannins. Shows ripe and concentrated flavors of date, sun-dried cherry, forest floor and ground spice, displaying a sense of harmony and density that suggests a long future. The finish echoes the spice and sweet fruit character." Wine Spectator

      "The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella is one of the most sexy, open-knit young Dal Forno Amarones I can remember tasting. An enticing mélange of mocha, black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and leather captivates the senses. Incredibly open today, the 2009 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring or aged for twenty years, perhaps beyond. Although the 2009 doesn't quite reach the heights of the truly epic vintages here, it comes very close and will provide considerable pleasure sooner than many of those wines. I don't think I have ever tasted a young Dal Forno Amarone with this much allure." Vinous

      "A remarkable vintage, with an early spring and very warm summer, producing grapes with potential sugar levels second only to 2003. As you may expect, then, this wine is bursting with plush, sweet red and black fruits; so tight and grippy as to be almost impenetrable at present. There is some cherry, herb and spirity damson towards the finish, but that really is just the tip of the iceberg." Decanter

      "This is powerful and very rich with blueberries, flowers and hints of spices. Full body with velvety tannins and ripe fruits. Very beautiful and generous but not overdone. Superb." James Suckling

      "The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a full and generous expression that delivers thick lines and robust flavors of dried blackberry, camphor ash, exotic cedar wood, licorice and tarry road pavement. This vintage saw average temperatures throughout the growing season with a few hailstorms along the way. Very dry weather led to some mild drought in July and August, with ensuing ripening and concentration of the clusters. I found this monumental wine to be irresistible when I first tasted it five years ago, and I consider it to have improved since then. This is one of the most complete and comprehensive vintages produced at Dal Forno, and it gives us an ample 360-degree view onto the might, brawn and potential of this icon wine from the Veneto. Its evolutionary track shows no sign of slowing down." Robert Parker

      • Robert Parker:99 points
      • Vinous:95 points
      • Wine Spectator :94 points
      • James Suckling:98 points
      • Decanter :97 points
      • Jancis Robinson:17++ points
      • Grape Varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 16,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2042+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292109 · 0,75 l · 526,67 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping< 24 units available

      395,00 €
    • "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2010 <br>MAGNUM in OWC

      “Monte Lodoletta” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2010 · MAGNUM in OWC

      Three years after the Annata, Romano and his sons launch a small edition of the same vintage in a magnum bottle. SUPERIORE.DE

      "Rich, impenetrable ruby with violet. Very concentrated and at the same time very finely marked in the nose, full of blackberries, elderberries, then also figs and dried tomatoes, a dream of a nose! In the attack and course very juicy, again lots of dark berries, also shows itself fresh and juicy, many layers of fine-meshed tannin, in the final deep and with a long aftertaste of dark tobacco." Falstaff

      "Like a gymnast, this focused red shows both power and grace. Finely meshed flavors of blackberry puree, fig cake and Earl Grey tea leaf are framed by refined, dusty tannins, with a lasting finish expands on the palate with spice and smoky mineral details." Wine Spectator

      "Aromas of roses and other flowers with a deep fruit intensity. Full-bodied, dense and ultra-fine with a beautiful texture. Lots of new wood now but this will amalgamate with time into the wine. Fabulous potential." James Suckling

      "This was an excellent vintage in much of Italy, but unfortunately the weather was not as pleasant in this specific area of the Valpolicella. The season saw a lot of rain, and a good amount of fruit was cut and left on the ground because it could not be used. Considering these difficulties, Michele Dal Forno tells me he is "more than happy with the results." I tasted the 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta next to the 2009 vintage, and having these two wines side by side reinforces just how different they are. The 2010 vintages is sharper, more pointed and direct in comparison, and there is a tiny point of sourness on the close. This wine does not reach the same threshold for fullness, density or richness. It does come close. The wine's residual sugar measures between 5 and 6 grams per liter, which is normal for this wine, and the bouquet is redolent of familiar black fruit, raisin and spice." Robert Parker

      • Robert Parker:95 points
      • Wine Spectator :95 points
      • James Suckling:97 points
      • Falstaff:96 points
      • Grape Varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 17,00 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Storage Potential: 2046+
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292410 · 1,5 l · 492,67 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping1 unit available

      739,00 €
    • "Cassetta Storico Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2008 | 2009 <br>3 Bottles in OWC

      “Cassetta Storico Monte Lodoletta” Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2008 | 2009 · 3 Bottles in OWC

      Under the name "Cassetta Storico Monte Lodoletta", Romano dal Forno brings to market at irregular intervals a selection of choice top vintages that have been held back for many years and have been able to continue maturing carefully in the bottle in their own cellars. SUPERIORE.DE

      2 bottles à 0,75l | "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2008

      Sparkling, rich ruby with a light garnet edge. Intense bouquet of dark berries, plums, slightly raisiny, very balanced. On the palate almost explosive and multi-layered, with a wonderfully smooth texture like velvet and silk, then soft, sweetish and dense tannin, builds up endlessly. SUPERIORE.DE

      "The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella is compelling. With a little air, the tannins begin to soften, releasing a myriad of intense dark aromas and flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, cloves, violets, plums and blackberry jam cover every inch of the palate in a stunning, headspinning Amarone that captures all of the best qualities of the year. When Romano Dal Forno's wines are on, there is nothing quite like them, and that is certainly the case here. If opened young, the 2008 needs a little air. Actually, a lot of air." Vinous

      Vinous: 98 points
      Robert Parker: 96 points
      Jancis Robinson: 18 points
      James Suckling: 97 points

      Storage potential: 2040+

      1 bottle à 0,75l | "Monte Lodoletta" Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2009

      Monte Lodoletta 2009 exudes remarkable warmth and ripeness, with deep layers of Venezuelan dark chocolate, herbs, liquorice, smoke, dark fruit and toasted oak. For such a big wine, this Amarone has remarkable detail and nuance, and in an explosive style. On the palate, flavours of black plum, coffee liqueur, spice, tobacco, vanilla and herbs abound. A high alcohol, heady wine that is not for those who believe that less can be more. Everything is here in exuberant volume and it takes hours to get through this wine. SUPERIORE.DE

      "The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a full and generous expression that delivers thick lines and robust flavors of dried blackberry, camphor ash, exotic cedar wood, licorice and tarry road pavement. This vintage saw average temperatures throughout the growing season with a few hailstorms along the way. Very dry weather led to some mild drought in July and August, with ensuing ripening and concentration of the clusters. I found this monumental wine to be irresistible when I first tasted it five years ago, and I consider it to have improved since then. This is one of the most complete and comprehensive vintages produced at Dal Forno, and it gives us an ample 360-degree view onto the might, brawn and potential of this icon wine from the Veneto. Its evolutionary track shows no sign of slowing down." Robert Parker

      Robert Parker: 99 points
      Vinous: 95 points
      Jancis Robinson: 17++ points
      James Suckling: 98 points
      Decanter: 97 points

      Storage potential: 2042+

      • Grape Varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Oseleta
      • Cultivation: conventional
      • Expansion: barrique
      • Development: barrique
      • Filtration: yes
      • Alcohol Content: 16,50 % vol
      • Closure: natural cork
      • Serving Temperature: 18-20 °C
      • Allergen Note: contains sulphites
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      03292600 · 2,25 l · 481,33 €/l · Price (DE) incl. VAT, excl. Shipping2 units available

      1.083,00 €
    About the winemakersRomano Dal FornoVeneto
    Romano Dal Forno

    This name actually always comes up among wine lovers when it comes to Italy's absolute top wines. In listing the best Amarone anyway. And yes, even in the list of the most expensive wines of Italy. Romano dal Fornos Amarone costs almost as much as a Grand Cru of the top châteaux from Bordeaux. But he's worth it.

    His Amarone Monte Lodoletta matures at least seven years before it comes onto the market. He copied this from his role model Giuseppe "Bepi" Quintarelli. Romano was just 22 years old. Some locals often lovingly called him "Bepis Lehrbub". Although the wines cannot be compared in terms of their make or origin, the love for wine and the meticulousness to get the best quality out of them, this is what they have in common.

    In 1983, Romano dal Forno filled his first Amarone, only to discover the following year that this quality did not grow every year. So in some years there will be no Amarone. At the same time, the young perfectionist realized that his idea of quality could only be achieved in a clean new cellar. He therefore sat down and planned a for this at that time quite poor rural area an almost crazy huge, castle-like complex. When the diggers pulled up, everyone thought he was crazy. Many an architect, too.

    But Romano dal Forno had acquired a comprehensive technical knowledge. Almost everything was planned by himself and meticulously implemented in almost three decades of construction time. Today this château is the living and working area of the whole family. Because his goal was never to erect the most imposing building in the area - even if it certainly is - but to create the best working and storage conditions.

    The cellars extend over 3 floors, partly with beautiful cross vaults in old brick construction, in which the barriques are stored. For the area where the grapes are dried, Romano dal Forno has invented a unique technical solution that allows huge fans to be moved over the grapes to control uniform temperature, ventilation and humidity. One can only say: successful. Because without the grandiosen Preziosen from Romano dal Fornos cellar Amarone from the eastern valleys, outside the "Classico" - regions - like the Illasi valley, the hills with Mezzane - would have hardly reached the Top Rankings. That is the undisputed merit of Romano dal Forno.

    Romano dal Forno is now close to retirement age and his three sons have been working in the company for a long time. Marco is responsible for the vineyards, Luca for the cellar and Michele for marketing. Wife Loretta is always the fairy godmother without whom a successful winemaker would never sell anything.

    But Romano doesn't think about retirement. Because he's still happy to go to the vineyards. And so he recently bought nearby eight and a half hectares of vineyards in pergola education, planted in the early 1970s, from which perhaps now Recioto della Valpolicella will be produced again. Even though he hasn't made one for more than 15 years, he loves this "Padrino" of Amarone, as he tenderly calls him. Probably in a few years there will be a 2018 Recioto from dal Forno. One can be curious. SUPERIORE.DE

    Facts

    • Year of foundation: approx. 1980
    • Owner: Romano Dal Forno and sons
    • Area under vines: n.a.
    • Oenologist: Romano Dal Forno and Sons
    • Annual production: 50 - 80,000 bottles (depending on year)
    • Vineyard: approx. 35 hectares
    • Conventional cultivation