On the first weekend of February, Verona celebrated its red king with a special event completely dedicated to Amarone. This year, more than 60 wineries attended the Anteprima to launch the promising vintage 2015. Let’s discover together what went on behind the scenes.
The annual event, which has been going on since 2003, is the only one that is focused 100% on Valpolicella’s most important wine and it is considered as its best showcase. However, Anteprima (literally “preview”) is much more than just an Amarone fair. Organized and promoted by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella (an association born in the 20s to protect, sponsor and enhance Valpolicella’s wine production), Anteprima is a wonderful mix of workshops, interviews and wine tastings with Amarone as common thread. Moreover, it is set in one of the most beautiful palaces in Verona: Palazzo della Gran Guardia, right in the heart of the city of love. The 16th edition, which took place on 2nd-4th February 2019, was a resounding success with a great involvement of national and international press, HoReCa businessmen and wine lovers. Of course, we were there too and we took a video to show you and make you feel the vibrant atmosphere of Anteprima!
Now you may be wondering why the 65 wineries, which took part in Anteprima this year, presented vintage 2015 and not their last one. Well, the secret lies in the production process of Amarone. As you probably already know from our article Valpolicella, love at first sip, Amarone is a DOCG wine (= controlled and guaranteed designation of origin). Simply put (very, very, very simply!) it means that, in order to produce Amarone, winemakers have to follow a disciplinary of production that contains strict rules and regulations concerning for example yields per hectares, allowed grape varieties and of course wine production methods and techniques. Regarding this last point Amarone producers have to:
That said, you can clearly understand that you cannot drink the vintage 2018 in 2019 because by the law the wine cannot be declared as Amarone (or better, not yet!).
As already said, the vintage presented this year was 2015. An amazing year, which was described during the kermesse as the best one out of the last 30. After a difficult 2014 — which due to bad weather conditions forced many producers to skip the production of their top wine — 2015 was characterized by warm and sunny days, low but regular rainfall and low humidity level. The perfect mix for a good ripening of the grapes in the vineyards, which could develop a good sugar content, and consequently an awesome wine characterized by an extraordinary elegance. Tasting a glass of Amarone 2015 means finding in a single sip not only notes of fresh and ripe red fruits, with cherry being paramount, but also spices like cinnamon, cloves, cocoa and coffee, and a hint of balsamic notes like mint and citron.
Did we make you want to try a glass of Amarone 2015? Then book one of our Valpolicella’s wine tours to taste how these different flavours blend together, to visit the wineries which attended Anteprima and to find out more about this astonishing vintage!