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Degani

Veneto

About the Winery

Since the early 1900’s generation after generation of the Degani family have dedicated their efforts to growing grapes on this estate. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that they began producing and selling wine locally, and then in 1988 began international exportation.

Azienda Agricola Degani is still a family run operation, all activities from growing and picking of the grapes, to winemaking, bottling and selling are conducted by members of the Degani family.

Degani is the exception rather than the norm in the Valpolicella area – it’s a rarity to find such a boutique family-run operation that still grows, produces and bottles entirely from their own vineyards. With the retirement of father Sante Degani in 1980, the younger family members assumed responsibility. Still today, Aldo and Luca Degani handle the winemaking and Zeno Degani is responsible for the vineyards.

After some time their hard work started to be rewarded: starting in Italy from 1996, then beyond the Alps in Switzerland and Germany and finally also in the U.S!

Veneto

For almost 3,000 years, starting with the ancient Greeks, people have enjoyed wine made using grapes from Valpolicella. The Valpolicella viticultural area spans a considerable chunk of western Veneto, stretching north into the hills above Verona for approximately ten miles, and east to west for more than twice that distance, linking Soave with Bardolino. The hills here rise more than 600 meters (2000ft) into the fresh sub-alpine air, creating a patchwork of aspects facing in every direction and making the most of the northern Italian sunshine. Because standard Valpolicella wines have traditionally tended towards the lighter end of the spectrum, local winemakers have employed various techniques to achieve greater depth and complexity in their cuvees. Standard Valpolicella is quite different from the district's Ripasso, Amarone ("big bitter") and Recioto ("little ear") wines. The passito and ripasso methods have been so successful that both techniques now have dedicated DOC or DOCG designations. For a passito wine - Amarone or Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG - the grapes are dried out for weeks or even months prior to fermentation, during which time their natural sugars and flavors become sufficiently concentrated to produce deeper, more alcoholic wines. The Valpolicella Ripasso method - awarded DOC status in 2007 - is to "re-pass" (re-ferment) the passito grapes with standard Valpolicella wine, creating a deeper, more character-laden result. source:wine-searcher.com

Vineyard(s)
The harmonious union of territory, plant and cultivation technique is the origin of wines known around the world, from those that bear the name of the Valpolicella valley itself to the famous Recioto and Amarone. Wines of these qualities are the result of careful selection of the grapes from these vineyards. 40% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 20% Corvinone and the remaining 10% composed of other varieties: it seems an alchemical formula and perhaps it really is, a formula that allows the fruit to be transformed into a chalice tasted all over the world.
Ratings & Reviews
Title
Item
Vintage
Publication
Score
Review
Degani
Valpolicella Classico
2022
89
Floral nose, offering violets and roses, together with ripe berries. Medium-bodied with a silky palate and a hint of powdery tannin at the end. Drink now.
Degani
Valpolicella Classico
2021
89
Wild cherries and macerated strawberries dusted with cocoa and wild herbs pour from the glass of this fun wine. Plush on the palate with ripe red fruits, with mixed herbal and tobacco notes finishing with fresh acidity.
Degani
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
2019
89
Aromas of plums cooked with allspice, black pepper and savory herbs permeate the glass of this classic Amarone. The palate is lush and full in body with blackberry compote at its core with subtle floral and savory notes on the plush and easy finish.
Degani
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
2019
90
Red plums, raspberries and oak on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied with a tight palate and more oak than fruit flavor. Lightly abrasive, rather drying tannins. Drink now.
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