GuildSomm Writer Jessica DuPuy learned firsthand about the future of viticulture in Italy. She writes, “The new Italy? The phrase caught me off guard. How exactly is modern technology being used in the vineyard? Is this just in response to climate change, or are the goals broader? Is Lonardi’s approach unique, or is this happening across the country?”
Craig Collins, MS, Brand Development Director for the wine importer Vintus, comments, “We’re actually seeing a lot of this throughout Italy, especially from the Veneto with larger producers like Bertani and Tommasi. They’ve casually mentioned details to me over the past few years that have surprised me. They insist it’s no big deal. But I think it’s a very big deal. It’s not just about innovations; [they are] adapting new techniques over methods that have been a tradition for years.”
Tommasi Family Estates has been a top producer of Amarone della Valpolicella for more than a century. The brand has expanded beyond the Veneto into other regions, such as Maremma, Montalcino, Basilicata, and Sicily. This experience in multiple regions has helped strengthen processes in the vineyard and the cellar.
Attems is one of the most historic producers in the northern Italian region of Friuli, with a winemaking heritage dating back nearly a millennium. Attems wines have a decidedly Friulian character: fresh, full of flavor and elegant, they respect the singularity of the unique terroir of a region ripe for discovery.
Tommasi has always been a standard bearer of the Amarone appellation. Established in 1902 around the family home in Pedemonte in Valpolicella, the winery has grown and expanded into the choicest areas of the region under the guidance of the many generations of the Tommasi family. The winery is known above all for its classic approach to winemaking in Valpolicella, favoring elegance and balance, and paying homage to the winemaking tradition of their home region.
Ornellaia has established itself as one of the most iconic producers in Italy (and beyond). The estate is dedicated to producing charming and opulent wines, full of Mediterranean character and finesse, reflecting the estate's unique terroir in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast.
Masseto is one of the world's iconic wines. Coveted by international collectors and fine wine connoisseurs across the globe, Masseto constantly receives the highest accolades from the most prestigious wine critics in the world, and is a fixture in the international fine wine trade indexes.
Le Macchiole can best be defined as the “Boutique Bolgheri.” The winery is known for its spectacular single-varietal wines, and their signature grape varieties are Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc and work is always conducted with the priority being "the expression of the land." The winery continues to evolve in both the vineyards and in the cellar to allow the soil characteristics from this estate property to be the defining identity in the wines.