Each month, we will be bringing you the detailed stories of one or two growers in our portfolio who are producing excellent wines. This month, we are focussing on the area around Verona: Portinari in Soave and Accordini in Valpolicella.
We have fond memories of visiting the Accordini family in Fumane. Stefano would be at the head of the table, espresso in hand (topped up with grappa). His son Tiziano planted new vineyards and modernised wine production methods, and his sons continue to work with passion and dedication in the winery.
The new winery was constructed and completed in 2011 - it sits 550 metres above sea level and is the highest winery in Valpolicella Classica. Accordini wines are notable for being all single vineyard Valpolicellas, which is rare, and an excellent way to ensure quality control. We have consistently found their wines to be wonderful value for the quality, and they can be found in all the best restaurants locally.
It is not all modernisation though - until recently the Accordini family continued to plough the vineyards with a vintage Lamborghini tractor. Their new cellar is a real investment for the future and will help to ensure that the wines produced continue to be of fantastic quality.
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