The best of Valpolicella shines in the wines of Allegrini, a family-run estate that has been working the land here in this beautiful corner of Northern Italy since the 16th century. Renowned in Italy and beyond as one of the country’s most elite and reliably excellent Amarone producers, Allegrini has been influential in giving this part of the Veneto a reputation for quality, in part by encouraging new winemaking methods and in part by example; the showcase wines Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja leave no doubt as to the intense yet elegant wines that can be made in this lush, hilly area in the foothills of the Monti Lessini.
Although the family has been involved in winemaking for many generations, it was brought into the modern wine world with the work of Giovanni Allegrini, whose innovations and enterprising campaigns for change both within his own winery and in others in the region led to the creation of legendary wines in the 1960s and 70s. He was one of the first area producers to seriously pursue quality and to insist on strict grape selection and new planting and vinification techniques. Today his grown children, Franco (a winemaker) and Marilisa (the marketing director) run the company and have taken it from success to even greater success.
An essential part of Allegrini’s winemaking philosophy is the importance of crus, vineyards whose production is destined to a single wine. The company’s seven crus — Valpolicella, Palazzo della Torre, La Grola, La Poja, Amarone, Recioto and Villa Giona — are the birthplaces of the wines of the same names. Another Allegrini trademark is its emphasis on local varieties. While they do grow some international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in the Villa Giona cru, most vineyards feature local varieties, like Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara. The terroir is mixed, with some volcanic soils, some calcareous soils, and some clay soils.