VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE “RIPASSO” 2016 – ANTOLINI
WINERY: Cantina Antolini
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Italy – Veneto
GRAPE VARIETIES: 35% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 40% Corvinone, 5% Molinara
ALCOHOL: 14 %
IDEAL SERVICE TEMPERATURE: 16° – 18°
MATCH: Meat or mushroom-based main dishes
PACK OF: 6 Bottles
SIZE: 0,75 l
The work of the modern vineyard worker is influenced by a complete convergence between man and land, man and nature: vineyards’ shape and layout do not obey the agronomic science described in the books, but they follow our elders’ knowledge and experience. Even without chemistry they could value every piece of land, and could give the most appropriate name to their vineyards.
Then, the cultivation of the vineyard is not an ordinary work; vineyards must be raised like children, one by one. Grain, like all kind of grass, grows somehow. A tree can be shaped, as long as it is young; then, when it is tall, it grows as it wants.
The grapevine instead maintains always the right size, and the viticulturist can “look at the vine’s face”, can study it carefully, then he can decide to cut here and there. He will remember what he did at the time of the harvest, almost always receiving confirmation that the decisions taken by him months before were right; sometimes he will plan to make changes, to try other methods.
On the other hand, for the viticulturist, trying again and again is an everyday work. The variety of soils and vines and the variability of the seasons obliges him to follow closely their course, in order to anticipate problems and to adjust or reduce the treatments, always bearing in mind that good wine is born in the vineyard. And, furthermore, the Antolini brothers raise thewillow-tree from which strings to fasten the grapevines are made.