Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Classico “Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano” by Speri
The Amarone Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano by Speri tells the story of a family that has made qualitative continuity and roots in the territory a central objective of its production path, becoming a point of reference not only for the agricultural history of the Valpolicella, but for the entire wine scene of Italy. Part of this vision is the choice, adopted by the Speri family, to vinify only their own grapes, to adopt traditional planting systems more congenial for the native varieties (the open inclined Pergola) and to opt for cultivation regimes with very low environmental impact.
The vineyards owned by the Speri family are located entirely in the Valpolicella Classica area, at an altitude ranging between 150 and 350 meters above sea level, divided into prestigious crus (whose grapes are always vinified separately) and bordered by the Marogne, the traditional dry stone walls with an important historical as well as cultural value. Right in the center of this territory is the Sant’Urbano vineyard, a place of rare beauty where the vine, the olive tree and the cherry tree seem to find an ideal habitat among the sinuous hilly curves in the municipality of Fumane.
From these 19 hectares of calcareous and volcanic soil, Amarone Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano is born, the undisputed symbol of the Speri family, as an excellent example of refinement and classicism. After a selection of the best bunches of the prestigious vineyard, the grapes are dried for a long period (3-4 months depending on the vintage): the best bunches are carefully selected by hand and placed on traditional “arele” (racks); then, they are left to rest for 120 days in controlled humidity conditions. In this way about 40% of humidity is lost, with a consequent concentration of sugars, substances and tannins. This is the fundamental basis for the construction of a wine of remarkable structure and softness, characterized by expressive complexity and indisputable longevity.