/Italian Wines
  • The wine is made using an innovative take on the 'ripasso' technique. Most of the grapes are vinified at harvest time, while the rest are set aside to partially dry. In January, the wine blended with the juice from the raisined grapes undergoes a second fermentation. The vineyard surrounds Villa della Torre, a splendid masterpiece of Renaissance architecture now owned by the family, and produces a full-bodied red wine that has an ageing potential of at least ten years. The blend is the historic combination of Corvina and Rondinella with the addition of a small quantity of Sangiovese.
    • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo Nero, Sangiovese
    • Vineyards Chianti Classico zone located between Florence and Siena. The soil is calcareous and well-structured.
    • Winemaking The alcoholic fermentation with a medium period of maceration is followed by at least 2 years of aging, of which a minimum of 12 months is in Slavonian oak barrels. The wine concludes its evolution with at least 6 months of bottle aging.
    • Tasting Notes Color: Deep ruby-red. Bouquet: Rich with notes of cherries, plums, and iris. Taste: Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes. Supple tannins, good acidity, and a lingering finish.
    • Food Pairing Perfect with flavorful roasts, pastas, and cheeses.
  • Ripasso is a wine from Verona’s country tradition and is made using a very old winemaking practice called “ripasso”. This technique involves reintroducing the young Valpolicella wine to the skins at the end of the fermentation of Recioto. The wine becomes warm and mature. In Ripasso  there is the freshness and drinkability of the Valpolicella, but also the richer and more concentrated sensations of chocolate and sour cherry from the dried grapes.
    • Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese. The selected grapes are vinified in Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, with an average maceration of 7-10 days. After an aging period of 10-12 months, partially in barriques and partially in large oak barrels, followed by an additional 6 months in bottle before release. A super-classic of Montalcino and Banfi. A wine able to match the elegance and solidity of its elder counterpart with a freshness and directness that make it one of the most versitile wines within Banfi’s offer. Very enjoyable when released, it is also suitable for a long aging.
      
      
  • As Chandon is to Champagne, so Corte Giara Allegrini is to Prosecco. These Venetian winemakers are one of the best known producers of Italian sparkling, with good reason. Characteristically dry, this complex sparkling wine has all the acidity that you want in a Prosecco, as well as a hint of coffee right at the end to keep things interesting. This is a much beloved classic of Italian winemaking and a fantastic value Prosecco perfect for any party or celebration, whether canal-side or not!