Tenuta Santa Maria ‘Pràgal’ Rosso Verona 2022



A fruity, spicy blend of Corvina, Merlot and Syrah giving full expression of the Veronese region, the home of Amarone and Ripasso.

Harvested from low-yield vines, the wine is vinified with both fresh and partially dried grapes, with lengthy and separate maceration and fermentations. Once all the fermentations have been completed, the wine is blended and put into large oak barrels for six months in Tenuta Santa Maria’s historic cellars at Arbizzano di Negrar.

Deep ruby-garnet in colour with an engaging and complex nose of red fruit preserves, dried roses and black cherry, with subtler tones of dark spice, tobacco and black pepper. Warm and round on the palate, bright acidity with soft, chalky tannins provide the structure, with layers of fruit and secondary, savoury notes, with a clean, tangy finish and nice length.

Serve this up with risotto and anything mushroomy, it really comes alive with good food.

  • Rich, fruity, fresh
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2027
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Producer: Tenuta Santa Maria

Ok, admittedly the opportunity to visit this place was an attraction all on its own but when we tasted the wines of the Bertani family at Villa Mosconi Bertani, and then heard the history (these guys literally invented Amarone), we were hooked.

An elegant 18th-century, Venetian style neoclassical residence — whose historic cellars gave birth to the birth of Amarone in 1936 — Villa Mosconi di Giovanni e Guglielmo Bertani lies in the picturesque village of Arbizzano di Negrar, in the heart of Valpolicella Classica. In this luscious valley, just minutes from Verona and about twenty kilometres from Lake Garda, the vineyards find an ideal location in terms of microclimate and exposure. The sedimentary marl soil rests on a limestone rock substrate and is particularly suited to the cultivation of Corvina, planted here since 1883, and the other indigenous grapes of Verona.

The estate itself offers a unique example of a walled vineyard or brolo, drying lofts for the appassimento of the grapes, areas for vinification, and cellars dating back to the 16th century, all dedicated to the production of fine wines. Amarone and Valpolicella wines are produced from grapes which are grown in the estate's vineyards, developed and aged in these historic cellars.

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