The fine wines of GIUSTI

Benchmark producer for Amarone.

Prosecco wines beyond compare!

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Just outside of the historic city center of Verona , heading north and west towards Lake Garda, you’ll encounter the rolling hills of the Valpolicella region – the name is thought to come from the Greek meaning “valley of many cellars”.  It is the second largest producer of quality (DOC) wines. The Valpolicella area encompasses several neighboring valleys that include seven different villages.

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Notwithstanding some seriously esoteric exceptions, when it comes to red wine, Valpolicella is dedicated to the production of just three grape varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara.  However, as a result of when the grapes are picked and what is done after, the wines can be startlingly different in the bottle.

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The founder of Giusti Wine in Italy’s renowned Veneto region, Ermenegildo “Joe” Giusti — splits his time between Calgary and Italy—knows he doesn’t have to check the vineyards. His team has everything under control. “But for me, good isn’t good enough. I want it perfect,” he says. “I want to have Giusti wine to be recognized as the top Italian brand in the world.”

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He’s well on his way to achieving his goals, despite the fact the winery was only started in 2002. His team, led by renowned fifth-generation winemaker Marco Pozzobon, makes a full range of reds, whites and Prosecco. The wines are sold in some 20 countries, and they’re winning awards and accolades from publications like Decanter, Drinks Business and Gambero Rosso.

Notwithstanding some seriously esoteric exceptions, when it comes to red wine, Valpolicella is dedicated to the production of just three grape varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara.  However, as a result of when the grapes are picked and what is done after, the wines can be startlingly different in the bottle.Giusti 3

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The Taste of GIUSTI  Amarone. … On the palate Giusti Amarone wine has a  medium-plus to high acidity, perfectly balanced with it’s higher alcohol and flavors of rich black cherry, brown sugar and chocolate. By the way, the older the Amarone, the more it will offer flavors of brown sugar, molasses and fig.  Truly delicious!!

Why is Amarone Wine Expensive and so Very Special?

After harvesting the grapes for ‘Tier 1’ Valpolicella Classico, they are immediately crushed and fermented. This is a light, high acid red wine; it generally sees no oak aging and provides a perfect match for the traditional local appetizers. I promise – in Verona, even horse tartar is pretty amazing when accompanied by delicious Valpolicella.  During the roughly 120 days that this occurs, the grapes will lose 30-40% of their weight. The result is intense concentration and a very high sugar content, which in turn translates into 15% or higher alcohol levels. It also demands a premium price. You can do the math yourself: a hell of a lot more fruit goes into a bottle of Amarone than a bottle of Valpolicella. The drying process demands an investment of time and space on behalf of the winery.

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By contrast, the fruit destined to become GIUSTI Amarone takes quite a different journey before reaching the bottle. Grapes are picked a bit later to ensure ripeness – usually in mid-October. Then, they are left all winter to dry into raisins.

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How to get great Valpolicella Amarone-like wine for under $70!

cat_ValpolicellaGIUSTI also produces Valpolicella Ripasso, often referred to as “Baby Amarone”. To make Ripasso, fresh Valpolicella Classico wine is mingled with leftover skins from Amarone winemaking. The resulting wine absorbs additional body and flavor, giving us a dry, medium-bodied wine with a similar complexity to Amarone at prices below $50!  Giusti Ripasso is often mistaken by experts as being Amarone and is far superior to many lesser quality Amarone wines on the market.

More than any other family of wines in Italy, the GIUSTI Valpolicella Ripasso truly offers a perfect companion for every occasion. Regardless of the season, occasion or your budget – you’ll never go wrong.

 

Giusti now owns almost 20% of the land in Italy’s designated Prosecco DOCG region, a major feat, considering some of the other wineries date back hundreds of years. Then again, Giusti’s own family goes back many generations in the region.

Giusti produces the finest quality Prosecco wines and Romano Brands will be introducing two of Giusti’s finest – the “Rosalia” DOC, and the Giusti  Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry.

GIUSTI Wines will be exclusively imported into the United States through Romano Brands and retail and wholesaler inquiries should be directed to Michael Romano at (516) 681-5159.

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