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Anselmi, Veneto

The winery is located in Monteforte d’Alpone, a little town immersed in the hills of Verona (in Veneto, region of Northern Italy).
The property extends to 70 hectares situated on the highest slopes of the hills between Monteforte and Soave and the main grape variety is the Garganega.

In 1975, when I finished university, I came home to start work in my father's winery, work which has become my life. My grandfather had been an excellent vine grower between the 1920s and 1945, but with the economic crisis linked to the World War he was forced to sell off all his vineyards and my father, who had continued working in the wine sector, had created a large winery for the bottling and sale of wine that he bought in, but without having his own land or vineyards.

I had always dreamt of buying back my grandfather's vineyards and buying other land highly suited to vine growing.I had always dreamt of creating a high quality winery to produce my own wine and a romantic vision of a land which inspires strong values, deep feelings, the right kind of traditions, and a way of living which is with the land and for the land.And so I began.Within a couple of years I had wound up the purely trader side of the business my father had.

At first I was a tenant vine grower and then I bought land, the land of my dreams; land high up on the hillsides, land which has always been laid to vines producing white wine.My dream came true and so this great adventure began: vineyards with a high vine density per hectare, the selection of less productive garganega strains but more aromatic; the use of permanent spurred cordons for the garganega vines and the reduction of the number of bunches per plant; and vinification - precise in every detail, cold maceration, fermentation at low temperatures and a long ageing period, all of which have given my wines their renowned quality.

I worked hard to project a better reputation and image for the Soave wine area across the world markets, but only partly succeeded because, at the end of the 90s, the radical changes in vine growing, which I strongly felt necessary with the advent of the docg label, were only marginal introduced in the whole Soave area.I wanted more from the vine growers and wine makers of this area, an area which deserves such a lot, and perhaps I was misunderstood but I couldn't accept compromises. I decided to forego the Soave name and instead gave my wines the names of my vineyards.

There is always one main idea behind the choices I have made:

Quality is indeed the fruit of our labour and determination, but it cannot do without help from the kind of science which allows us to recognise the real values of tradition and yet stops us from placing too much value on those elements which have no scientific basis at all."


Roberto Anselmi

www.anselmi.eu

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