The Allegrini family is the protagonist of the story of Fumane and Valpolicella since the sixteenth century, as some legal documents presents, and it has always been linked to agricultural work and country tradition enhancement. The choices made with great foresight led the company to become one of the leading wine-makers in Italy, thanks to some innovations:
- Introduction of barrel use, in combination with traditional Slavonian oak barrels and, in parallel, reducing the aging period, to keep alive the flavour and aroma of fruit;
- Review of the consolidated Ripasso technique, by replacing the use of marc with a percentage of grapes left to dry, so as to induce the "second fermentation" and give the product a particular aromatic complexity and an elegant and harmonious profile;
- Changing the method of drying with the design and creation of "Terre di Fumane", flagship of Valpolicella oenology. Optimal storage conditions have been created for Amarone and Recioto grapes, to guarantee high quality standards.
The noblest of grapes from Valpolicella is Corvina Veronese, which is characterized by good vigour and grows in poor, alluvial well-exposed and ventilated soils made of clay and limestone composition. Grape variety that can replace Corvina up to a maximum of 40% and Corvinone, which finds its highest expression after the drying process. Another native grape of Verona area is Rondinella, a pretty rustic grape variety that does not require special terrain, because of its adaptability to different soil and climatic situations. Oseleta is, instead, an ancient grape, which has recently recovered, thanks to its interesting organoleptic characteristics and it is generally used in blends to give body and colour. Symbol of Valpolicella is Amarone; its progenitor, Recioto, known since Roman times, has long been the pride of wine producers, who considered it the top of their production. At the time, it was the only wine made in Valpolicella and it is still among the very few sweet red wines of the world. Finally, the Molinara, grape variety with poor contribution of colouring and structure; it is now destined mainly for the production of Valpolicella, considering the interesting contents of mineral notes.
The Valpolicella is a prestigious wine area, located between Verona and Garda Lake. It was a land devoted to viticulture since ancient times, as confirmed by the etymology of its name: "val polis cellae", which means, in fact, "the valley of many cellars".