Country: Italy Region: Veneto
Varietal: Rondinella, Corvinone, Corvina Vintage: 2018
Category: Red Wine Style: Dry
Terrapieno was created by a group of friends in Verona who have worked together for over 20 years. Matt Thomson makes the wines while Luca Degani of Cantina Valpantena and Gaetano Tobin of Cantina Monteforte provide the grapes from some of their best
sites. “We all make a lot of very good wine in Verona, but Terrapieno is an opportunity for us to make wines from single sites that represent the best of what Verona can do,” explains Matt Thomson. Terrapieno means 'full earth'. It is a type of construction historically used in northeastern Italy, an accumulation of earth to reinforce walls and fortifications. The Castello di Montorio in the Valpantena is a fine example.
The vineyard is located on a predominantly flat, single site close to the hills of northern Verona, at an elevation of 100-300 metres above sea level. The vines are trained in the Guyot system and grown in medium-textured soils.
VINIFICATION Following harvest, the Valpolicella grapes were brought to the winery, crushed and destemmed before fermentation at 22-28°C. After fermentation, the wine underwent a second fermentation on Amarone skins and then spent two years in stainless steel tanks before passing through concrete and being fined and bottled.
A vibrant ruby red in colour, this wine has a powerful bouquet of cherry blossom, ripe red berries and jam that follows onto a rich, smooth palate.