Quintarelli

Quintarelli

The estate of Giuseppe Quintarelli, one of Veneto’s most important producers, has received justifiable renown for its near-mythical Amarone, Recioto and the cult wine, Alzero. Although other producers like Romano dal Forno, who was Giuseppe Quintarelli’s protégée, make fine Amarones, Quintarelli Amarone is inarguably the benchmark for the wine. The namesake and the touchstone for the estate, Giuseppe or “Beppe” Quintarelli established the standard for other Veneto reds, including Recioto and Valpolicella Superiore. Giuseppe Quintarelli died in January 2012 at the age of 84; his estate continues on in the hands of his wife and children. A perfectionist who practiced rigorous grape selection, Quintarelli released his wines to market only when he deemed them ready—often many years after his fellow Veneto producers. As resolute traditionalists, Quintarelli wines are always small in allocation, high in demand, and stratospheric in quality – even the most connected wine-lovers find the Quintarelli wines difficult to obtain. Long the epitome of excellence, Quintarelli’s limitedproduction Amarones, Reciotos, and Valpolicellas are true thinking wines that slow the pace and teach the drinker to be silent; a Quintarelli wine is humbling because it is unlike any other in the world. It is, as IWM Founder Sergio Esposito has said, “a rocket ship.”

“The fundamental problem of winemaking today is that too many producers hurry to make their wines: they hurry the fruit in the vineyards and they hurry the vinification and rush to bottle. They rush to sell their product without allowing the proper time to age. Patience is the most important attribute to winemaking. Patience in growing, in selection and in vinification.” - Giuseppe Quintarelli