- Publish Date: Aug 5, 2009
How many of us have dreamed about retiring to an Italian villa and making wine from your own estate? That’s exactly what Anthony and Lucia Raimondi over 15 years ago when they moved across the pond from Chicago.
They settled into a gorgeous 17th century property called Villa Monteleone, located in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region, just outside Verona. The Raimondi’s aren’t the only ones who were fond of the area—centuries ago, the poet Dante called the villa down the street home.
The Valpolicella is particularly well known for producing Amarone, which is made from the Italian grapes Corvina (the predominant varietal), Rondinella and Molinara. What’s unique about this type of wine is that before the grapes are crushed, they are dried for approximately 120 days which concentrates the juice, leading to a full, rich, almost Port-like character. Due to the concentrated and dried fruit, people often describe Amarones as having a sweet, "raisiny" characteristic as well.
Monteleone produces a beautiful Amarone that’s bursting with dark cherries, plum and a hint of chocolate. It pairs perfectly with stewed meats and game.
The Lucia Raimondi Villa Monteleone Amarone is extremely difficult to find but can be ordered at Main Street Wines ($48).