BOTTLE SIZE 75cl
REGION/COUNTRY VALPOLICELLA, VENETO, ITALY
GRAPE 50% CORVINA, 25% RONDINELLA, 20% CORVINONE, 5% CROATINA
FEATURES VEGETARIAN, PRACTISING ORGANIC, VEGAN
CLOSURE NATURAL CORK
WINEMAKER LORENZO CARAMAZZA
ALLERGEN INFO CONTAINS SULPHITES AND NO OTHER ALLERGENS
The estate was founded by Alberto Malesani, famous in Italy as a former manager of both Fiorentina and Parma. While at Parma, he won the UEFA cup in 1999. His passion and intelligence are now channelled into this estate, where he is helped by consultant winemaker Lorenzo Caramazza, formerly of Cantina Valpantena. The name La Giuva is a compound of his daughters’ names, Giulia and Valentina, who are also involved in the business.
All the wines are a blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, and the Amarone and the Valpolicella Superiore also include a small proportion of Oseleta, a speciality of the region. The beautifully perfumed and fresh Valpolicella ‘Il Valpo’ is a youthful and fruity wine made in stainless steel and bottled around February, while the Valpolicella Superiore ‘Il Rientro’ is made from partly dried grapes and is aged in oak for 12 months, half of which is new. The grapes for the Amarone are dried until the beginning of January. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in oak for 24 months. Their limited edition Amarone ‘Aristide’ is dedicated to Alberto’s father and is only produced in the best vintages from a selection of the estate’s best fruit. After drying, grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and the wine is aged for 36 months in new French barriques, giving a powerful yet ethereal Amarone.
The balance, concentration and aromatic intensity mark these wines from the crowd in Valpolicella and make La Giuva one of the region’s rising stars. Production is tiny and won‘t exceed 50,000 bottles in a good year with all vineyards in production. Given the people involved, we‘re certain these wines will only continue to get better and better.
The vineyards are planted on the top of the hill, at an altitude of 350 – 400 metres, and are picked later than most sites in the hills east of Verona. Grapes for the Amarone della Valpolicella are sourced from an eight-hectare plot in the Val Squaranto, a small valley between the Valpantena and the valley of Mezzane. This cool site is planted on the top of the hill, at an altitude of 350-400 metres above sea level, where the soils are predominantly limestone. The vines are Guyot trained and have an average age of 15 years. The grapes are picked later than most sites in the hills to the east of Verona.
2017 vintage developed well in Valpolicella. Winter was mild without extreme weather conditions. The beginning of the vegetative cycle saw low rainfall but still in the norm, and the vines developed regularly. Summer was dry and breezy, with wide variations in day-night temperatures in the final few weeks. This allowed the grapes to fully express their varietal aromas in addition to ensuring their excellent health.
With a complex and ethereal nose, this Amarone has aromatic notes of cherries, blueberries and chocolate, combined with hints of sweet spice. Smooth and powerful, the palate is remarkably fresh and finishes with ripe fruit.