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GuildSomm Features: Ornellaia, Masseto, Attems, Tommasi and Le Macchiole in “Defining A New Italy”

GuildSomm Writer Jessica DuPuy learned firsthand about the future of viticulture in Italy. She writes, “The new Italy? The phrase caught me off guard. How exactly is modern technology being used in the vineyard? Is this just in response to climate change, or are the goals broader? Is Lonardi’s approach unique, or is this happening across the country?”

Craig Collins, MS, Brand Development Director for the wine importer Vintus, comments, “We’re actually seeing a lot of this throughout Italy, especially from the Veneto with larger producers like Bertani and Tommasi. They’ve casually mentioned details to me over the past few years that have surprised me. They insist it’s no big deal. But I think it’s a very big deal. It’s not just about innovations; [they are] adapting new techniques over methods that have been a tradition for years.”

Tommasi Family Estates has been a top producer of Amarone della Valpolicella for more than a century. The brand has expanded beyond the Veneto into other regions, such as Maremma, Montalcino, Basilicata, and Sicily. This experience in multiple regions has helped strengthen processes in the vineyard and the cellar.

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