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Winery Bonazzi F.lli I.M.A.

Via Badin, 10 - 37020 Valgatara di Marano Valpolicella (Vr), tel +39 0457701454 - bonazzi.badin@tin.it

For generations the Bonazzi family have occupied themselves with vine cultivation and wine production.

For generations the Bonazzi family have occupied themselves with vine cultivation and wine production...

The Fratelli Bonazzi F.lli I.M.A. winery is a family-run concern which produces classic vintage wines. The winery and vineyard are located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area, from which come the prized Valpollicella wines.

The winery, firmly rooted in the age-old traditions of winemaking, also utilizes the latest techonological advances to enhance the quality of its wines. The vineyards of the Bonazzi winery lie on the hills of the Valpollicella Classico, where the soil is chalky and contains large tufa deposits. Grapes are harvested by hand and stored in wooden containers.

Where the past meets the present, the Bonazzi winery produces a range of three classic wines, linked to the proud tradition of the land and its people: Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, a refined Amarone Valpolicella Classico and the Valpolicella Classico. A large part of the spirirt of the area resides in these three vintages, which perfectly compliment the local food specialities, from red meats and game to fruit and desserts.

Tasting the Valpolicella wines is a priceless experience – come for a winetasting of the Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, Amarone Valpolicella Classico and Valpolicella Classico and get a real taste of the teritory.

History

The Russian grand Duchess Anastasia lived with our family in Corte Bonazzi from October 1941 to June 1943, using her husband's name Lombard. Owing to the war, and her own personal losses of her entire family (Tsar Nicholas II, her mother and four brothers and sisters) as well as her political status and hopes, the Duchess lost her smile as well. Invited to dine with the family, she was served her favourite wine, Recioto Bianco (now a Veronese passito). This was the only thing left to make her smile again. Our 'Granduchessa' wine is named in her tender memory.

Recommended Wines:

  • Gran Duchessa Passito Veronese: Classic Valpolicella region (north of Verona). Grape varieties: Garganega, 'Castelli Romani,' Malvasia and Tocai friulano. Organoleptic description: bright straw yellow color; characteristic bouquet of the fruity 'passito' (made from dried grapes), delicate and pleasantly aromatic, it recalls the acacia and the hawthorn. Alcohol content: 13 % vol.
  • Reciotto Della Valpolicella Classico: Classic Valpolicella region (north of Verona). Grape varieties: Rondinella 30%, Corvina 60%, Molinara 10%. Organoleptic description: dark ruby red color; intense, fruity bouquet. Serving temperature: 16°/18° in appropriate glasses (Tulipano). Alcohol content: 13 % vol.
  • Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: Classic Valpolicella. Grape varieties: Rondinella 30%, Corvina 60%, Corvinone10%. Organoleptic description: bright burgundy red color; intense, vinous bouquet, alcoholic, ethereal and full. Serving temperature: 16°/18° in appropriate glasses (Ballon). Alcohol content: 15.5% vol.
  • Valpolicella Classico: Classic Valpolicella. Grape varieties: Rondinella 30%, Corvina 50%, Corvinone 10%, Molinara and Croatina 10%. Organoleptic description: intense ruby red color; vinous bouquet that recalls floral essences but with fruity scents typical of the Corvina grape variety. Serving temperature: 15°/18°C. Alcohol content: 12.5% vol.