Fabiano Storica Valpolicella Ripasso

£19.50

A Ripasso with a punch. Excellent weight with dark fruits, spices and just enough tannic grip to provide super satisfaction. Get the log-fire burning and break out this winter warmer.

Ripasso - the love child of light, juicy Valpolicello and dark, brooding Amarone. Following the pressing of dried grapes for Amarone, the juice is drained off, leaving the "pomace" (soggy grape skins) at the bottom of the vessel. Valpolicella wine is poured over the pomace, and the sugars from the amarone pomace result in an additional fermentation. This adds weight, dark fruits and colour to the original valpolicella, with the final Ripasso wine being a halfway house between Valpolicello and Amarone. Simples.

The history of the Fabiano Family in the wine making industry started in 1912, when Francesco Fabiano opened a wine store in Venice, just a few steps from St. Marco's Cathedral. His son Sergio, having made his store very popular in the whole city, started trading wine throughout the Veneto region. A clever merchant and a charismatic character, in 1955 he engaged himself in the production and distribution of bottled wine, buying a small estate in Lazise on the Veronese shore of Garda lake. The business flourished at a very rapid pace and in 1968 the winery was moved to its current location in Sona, an area uniquely suited for wine growing (half way between the city of Verona and Lake Garda). During the nineties the vineyards and winery were expanded, with the estate now owning some 50 hectares of vineyard. A new cellar in San Pietro in Cariano was established for the drying of grapes, with wine making and maturation facilities.