GRAPES: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
ABOUT: Welcome to Mezzolombardo, small town nearby Trento in Northern Italy! This is known one of the best areas for the production of grappas, fruit brandies, liquors and wines. Due to a unique microclimate, to a peculiar kind of soil, to the clean air of the mountains and to sun exposure, the countryside surrounding Mezzolombardo is therefore recognized as “the best vine gardens in Europe”.
The Dolzans are heirs to a long familiar tradition of wine-growing and wine-making experience which has been handed down from one generation to the other: hereby a bridge between past and present was built. Such tradition now continues with Luigi Dolzan’s sons Michele (sales manager) and Mauro (oenologist and technician). According to their father’s teachings, the two brothers do constantly care about the requests of the market as well as about technological changes and innovations, so that to have a modern company also respectful of tradition.
Should you visit Villa de Varda, you are invited to visit the “Everyday tools” museum, the largest private collection in Italy of more than 1600 pieces related with farming, wine-making and distillation since the 16th century to present days.
The grapes were harvested in Valpolicella. The passito (the by-product after Amarone is produced) is carefully selected for its fresh, unblemished, destemmed character, which results from gentle pressing of the grapes (Amarone is made from naturally dried grapes). The best passito is still dripping with must! It is then “batch” distilled very slowly in special copper pot stills to allow correct evaporation and subsequent condensation of the volatile components that are responsible for the final product’s aromas. Only the purest part of the distillate, called “the heart,” is preserved. It is aged for a minimum of five years in medium-toasted 60 gallon French barriques, and then the separate lots are blended together for the final product.
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