Giuseppe Quintarelli’s name is synonymous with incredible quality, dedication, and an obsession for quality. Their handwritten labels and exemplary wines are emblematic of the best Veneto has to offer. Throughout the mid-twentieth century and into the new millennium, the late patriarch of Amarone pushed the boundaries of Venetian winemaking, forever changing the landscape of the region’s fine wines.
His father, Silvio, purchased the estate in 1924. Following the devastation of World War I, Veneto’s wineries pushed for higher wine production, often at the expense of wine quality. Giuseppe began working on his family’s estate in 1950, where he immediately began experimenting within Amarone’s then-recently established guidelines. He began with a move toward sustainable agriculture, lowering their vines’ yields–therefore increasing their grapes’ flavor concentration–and removing chemical usage in the vineyard.
The cellar, however, is where he earned his reputation for excellence. The Quintarelli estate ages their wines the longest of any Amarone producer. The wines spend four months undergoing apassimento, then eight years aging in towering botti, each hand-carved to represent a member of the family. Amarone is made only in exceptional vintages; in average years, the Amarone is declassified and bottled as “Rosso de Bepi,” named for Giuseppe’s moniker among his family.
Though Giuseppe passed away in 2012, his proud legacy has been carried on by his daughter, Fiorenza, and son-in-law, Giampolo.