While in Italy, we completed our wine tour of the Veneto region by spending a couple of days in Valpolicella and enjoying their spectacular wines, especially their world-renowned Amarone. Valpolicella was an amazingly beautiful region of lush, green verdant vineyards and hills. The name Valpolicella comes from “val polis cellae” which translates to “valley of many cellars.” We set out to visit as many of those cellars as we could!
One special place that we visited was Monte Dall’Ora, a small family-run winery owned by the Venturinis. Alessandra V. generousy welcomed us to her vineyards, cellars, tasting room and home. It was quite impressive to see how they run such a tight operation while raising their two young children. Their wines were amazing, especially their Amarone.
After visiting the small Monte Dall’Ora, it was time to then move on to the ornate and gigantic Villa Mosconi Bertani. Villa Bertani is constructed in the French Chateau style with a large manor house and sprawling and immaculately groomed grounds. It is an estate that has long been in operation and in fact the name referred to as “Amarone” was said to be coined at this estate in the 1930s. The Bertani’s gave us a private tour of the estate and regaled us with stories of how they preserved their wines by hiding them in the walls during WWII. They also put out an amazing spread of tasty treats for us to enjoy while we sampled all of their wines.
Valpolicella was beautiful and the people were incredible. Looking forward to visiting again!