Innovative Wineries Tour

If you are interested in the most technological aspects of wine production, or if you are passionate not only about wine but also about contemporary architecture, we can organize itineraries in Valpolicella and other Verona wine producing regions selecting the most innovative wine making and designer's wineries.

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Tradition Vs Innovation

Certainly in wine production tradition and experience are important. Knowing your vines, the soil and the microclimate of your vineyard, knowing how the growing conditions of a particular year can affect production and quality and, most of all knowing how to deal with it on the basis of the experience accumulated over years and generations of production is essential. Nevertheless Technology and innovation also play a fundamental role in the production of quality wines. The wine that we drink today is much more pleasant than the wine that our ancestors drunk hundreds of years ago, and this is also thanks to the technology, which has improved hygiene and stability of the wine with the possibility to control each stage of production, from the cultivation of the vine to fermentation, etc..

Cellar Design

Technology has also intervened in the design of the cellars, which today are more functional, equipped with tools and machines that facilitate the work. Although there are many wineries that try, where possible, to follow traditional methods and techniques, there are also many companies that focused more on innovation and modernity, also creating futuristic and avant-garde structures. Some wineries such as Zýmē and Valetti designed real works of contemporary architecture with the intervention of great designers, modern but perfectly integrated into the environment in which they are located. Masi, in its historical headquarters, has set up a research center where they are experimenting aging in unusual shape barrels and wood, micro-vinifications with unconventional grape blends, drying of the grapes (appassimento) in an hi-tech controlled environment that reproduces the climatic trends of great vintages, and much more. The cellar itself is a sort of museum where works of contemporary art are exhibited. Allegrini, after the disastrous 2002 vintage, has created a futuristic drying center for the grapes of Amarone where, through the control of humidity, ventilation, temperature, they can dry the grapes even after difficult harvests, with rain and hail.

Unconventional Wines

Many producers of historical wine producing areas in Italy think that the strict regulations of the DOC and DOCG denominations hamper their creativity and ability to adapt to new trends and market demands. That is why some wine makers are experimenting new grape blends and wine making techniques on the same great terroirs of some of the most famous Italian wines. In doing so, they loose the possibility to label these new wines with the traditional appellations, and must use the generic IGT denominations. It happened in Tuscany with the so called Super Tuscan wines produced in areas were traditional Chianti was bottled and, to a smaller extent, it is also happening in Valpolicella. Beside excellent, traditional Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto, it is now also possible to find wines made with 100% of Corvina (Allegrini, Scriani, Vogadori, Valetti, Campagnola), the most important grape in Valpolicella blend, or with 100% Oseleta (Masi, Zýmē, Villa Cordevigo) an old indigenous varietal, almost extinct but that is being gradually reintroduced, or with mix of grapes that also include international varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese.

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