Located within Valgatara, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico, the Luigi Righetti estate is small to mid-sized, family run winery. Since 1909, when Angelo Righetti first earned a reputation as an outstanding winemaker, the family has focussed on producing quality wines offering extremely good value.
Righetti’s wines exhibit an exceptional balance between fruit, wood aging, acidity and alcohol. The result is a line of wines that have good aging potential, but are available for early consumption as well. The most exciting tradition to evolve from the Veneto region is the process used to dry grapes prior to pressing. Amarone and “Campolieti”, the ripasso Valpolicella, have traditionally been the products to benefit from this process.
Gian Maria (Gianni) Righetti is the fifth generation within the Righetti family to carry on the family, wine-making tradition. Gianni’s father, Luigi, took over winemaking in the 40’s and was the first in the family to consider production beyond supply of local demand. Gianni took over winemaking responsibilities in 1985, has broadened the line to include single vineyard offerings and wines with international appeal.
Righetti works organically, with no use of pesticides or fungicides in the vineyards. They also use very limited sulphur in the winery. Their wines have free SO2 levels just at or below levels measurable in a laboratory and well below that tolerated in Organic production.
Righetti’s Amarone is produced from selected Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%) and other indigenous varietals (10%) grown in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico DOC. The finest bunches of ripe grapes are placed in shallow, wood crates and left to dry over a period of 3-5 months. Thereafter, the grapes are pressed, the juice is fermented to dryness, and the wine is aged in large casks of Slavonian oak.
Medium ruby; intensely aromatic nose with strawberry, dried cherry, currants and hints of leather, autumn leaves and asian spice; dry, medium-bodied with classic ripasso flavours, a ripe, round palate and some wood tannins bringing complexity to the long and satisfying finish. 13.9% alc
Righetti’s Pinot Grigio shows good mid-palate weight and fruit concentration. The nose has floral aromas with overtones of pistachios and just a hint of honey. The palate is soft and round with a long, clean citrus finish. The production of Pinot Grigio was elevated to DOC status in 2017 with the adoption of the “delle Venezie” production area which includes the entire regions of Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino.
This is Luigi Righetti’s premium Ripasso, a selection of the best Valpolicella grapes macerated for 14 days on the pressings from the Amarone. The sugars in the Amarone skins trigger a second fermentation, boosting the alcohol a bit and contributing rich, dried fruit flavours to the finished wine. It is then aged in small oak barrels for smoothness and added notes of vanilla and spice
This is really a Valpolicella blend in the form of a Rosé wine. Modern and refreshing given the ferment and maturation in stainless steel. Pale salmon in colour, aromas of raspberry, rose petal, white peach and a hint of thyme. Palate is layered with cherry, and red berries (cranberry), subtle white pepper and a clean finish. Very food friendly.
This wine is inspired by the appassimento process used to produce the famous Amarone della Valpolicella. Because of the unusual production methods (for Cabernet Sauvignon anyway) this wine is somewhat different than Cabernet from California or Chile. Appassimento (the drying of grapes for about 40 days prior to pressing) gives the wine a concentrated, uniquely Veronese signature. Following the pressing of the dried grapes, fermentation takes place in French oak barrels where the wine remains for 6 months and spends an additional 6 to 8 months in bottle before release.
Valpolicella is the quintessential pizza and pasta wine, grown in the Veneto region of Italy, just north of Verona. Aromatic wine with cherries and a hint of almond. Lighter-bodied and predominantly fruity, it shows unusually good fruit concentration for Valpolicella, with lovely cherry fruit flavours, violets and a hint of white pepper. Can be served lightly chilled.