Tommasi has always been a standard bearer of the Amarone appellation, and one of the most important quality producers in the Veneto. The family-run estate was founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi in the village of Pedemonte, which lies in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region that extends north-west of Verona. The family owns 284 acres in Valpolicella Classico, making them the single largest land owners in the area. Over the years they have steadily expanded their holdings in other areas of the Veneto and other regions, and now own a total of 1,400 acres under vine between the Veneto, Tuscany, Puglia, Basilicata and Oltrepo Pavese. As has been the case since the winery’s establishment, the family works only with grapes they grow, an important quality decision and reflection of their deep connection to the Valpolicella soil.
Tommasi is now run by the fourth generation of the family, six siblings and cousins who share different responsibilities at the winery. Giancarlo Tommasi is the principal winemaker, and studied winemaking the University of Udine in Friuli. Strict in his philosophy to respect the integrity of the terroir and the traditional ways of winemaking in Valpolicella, he dries all grapes for his Amarone in the traditional fruttaio room for at least three months, and prefers to age his wines in large oak casks over small barriques. Tommasi is known for this classic approach that favors elegance and balance, with deep fruit complimented by spicy, earthy flavors.
Giancarlo’s uncle, Sergio Tommasi, manages the viticulture at the estate. The five valleys of San Ambrogio, San Pietro in Cariano, Fumane, Marano and Negrar dominate the western, best and Classico-designated part of the region, and are often said to resemble the fingers of a hand. Tommasi’s vineyards are located in two of these valleys: Sant’ Ambrogio and San Pietro in Cariano. While they have a very traditional approach in the cellar, Tommasi is considered an innovator in the way they manage their vineyards. Tommasi was one of the first wineries to introduce the guyot method over the more traditional pergola system of vine-training, and their vineyards are planted at very high density, with resulting lower yields and fruit of increased complexity and concentration.
This Valpolicella comes from the historical Tommasi family vineyard, Rafaèl. Perfectly situated on one of the region’s most famous hills, Monte Masua, it produces what may be the best grapes for the production of Valpolicella Classico Superiore.
Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC
This wine is made by refermenting the juice from the Valpolicella on the warm Amarone grape skins, in the typical “Ripasso” method, which imparts a rich character and personality to the wine. The grapes for the Ripasso Valpolicella are sourced from three of most prestigious Tommasi vineyards: Conca d’Oro, La Groletta and De Buris.
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
The Tommasi family's traditional approach to Amarone favors elegance and balance, with deep fruit complemented by spicy, earthy flavors. The 2013 Amarone is a blend of 50% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta, from the family’s choicest plots in Valpolicella Classico.
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
Ca' Florian is the feather in the cap of the Tommasi family's production in Valpolicella. Amarone Riserva “Ca ‘Florian” is made with selected grapes from one of the oldest vineyards owned by the Tommasi family. The grapes come from vines with an average age of 30 years.
IGT delle Venezie
This Valpolicella Pinot Grigio can be described as sitting between the richer, more concentrated Pinot Grigio from Friuli to the north, and racier styles from the Veneto at large. Tommasi's Pinot Grigio is grown at the Prunea estate in the Sant'Ambrogio valley of Valpolicella Classico, acquired by the Tommasi family in 1997. Le Rosse is one of the four main sub-plots of this vineyard, and is planted entirely to Pinot Grigio grapes.
Pierangelo Tommasi is the Executive Director of Tommasi Family Estates. He is one of nine members of the current fourth generation of this historic winemaking family, six of whom run the wine business and two of whom run hospitality. Pierangelo inherited a passion for wine from his father and uncles, who from the time he was a small child took him through the vineyards driving the tractor and to harvest grapes.
As soon as he finished his studies, Pierangelo went to work full-time at the estate. He started his training as a warehouse worker, working his way up in the company to his current position overseeing exports and marketing. Today he is one of the family’s key members, also guiding the business strategy and development of the Tommasi brands. Pierangelo is married with two small children and a pampered golden Labrador; he indulges in his passion, soccer, as both a player and a fan.