Romano Dal Forno
The impressive Dal Forno Estate lies in the foothills of Monti Lessini and produces some of the most highly awarded wines in Italy with an international reputation. The winery is very much a family affair with Romano and his wife Loretta working with their three sons Michele, Marco and Luca, as well as Uncle Cesare and Cousin Matteo who are all integral to this close knit operation. Since Romano took over from his father, yields have been dramatically reduced. Production from the 25 hectares of lovingly tended vines is tiny. It takes an astonishing six vines to produce one bottle of Valpolicella and nine for a bottle of Amarone. It is no wonder there is never enough wine here to cover demand.