Anthony and Lucia Raimondi came to the hills of Gargagnago in the early 80's with the intention of producing traditionally-styled Valpolicella and Amarone. They based themselves at Villa Monteleone, a 17th century villa, surrounded by vineyards and a beautiful park that has been designated a national monument. The 1989 vintage was their first. Today the cellar produces about 45,000 bottles of all the typical wines of Valpolicella. Mr. Raimondi, who was affectionately known as "The Professor" by the locals, passed away in 2000. The estate is currently owned by Marco, Paolo and Laura and the winemaking tradition is carried on by Lucia.. Their passion and dedication are the basis of their true understanding of the spirit of the land and its people. This personal commitment, allied to continuous updating of the infrastructure, viticulture and equipment, has transformed what was once a private cellar, into a winery focused on producing high-quality wines. Villa Monteleone's grapes, which are always picked by hand, are of such quality that they can endure a raisining period lasting several months. Depending on the conditions of the vintage and the weather, pressing takes place between January and March. Following an initial slow fermentation under controlled temperatures, the wine is left to continue its natural evolution in small wooden barrels over many months, until the right level of maturity is reached. It is these vinification techniques and our respect for the age-old traditions of the Valpolicella that ensure the exceptional elegance of the Villa Monteleone wines.
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