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Terrapieno, Valpolicella Ripasso, 2016
Valpolicella, Veneto Italy

£ 17.95, 75 cl

This is a single vineyard Ripasso with a strong bouquet of blossom with hints of wild berries and jam. It is made following the traditional Ripasso method with fermentation on the Amarone skins.

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Tasting notes

A vibrant ruby red in colour, this wine has a powerful bouquet of cherry blossom, wild red berries and jam that follows onto the rich, smooth palate.


Grapes for this wine come from a predominantly flat, single vineyard site close to the hills of northern Verona, at an elevation of 100-300 metres above sea level. The soils here are medium-textured.


After harvest, the grapes were brought to the winery, crushed and destemmed before fermentation at 22-28°C. After fermentation, the wine underwent a second fermentation on Amarone skins. Ageing took place in oak casks.


Terrapieno was created by a group of friends in Verona who have worked together for over 20 years. Matt Thomson makes the wines while Luca Degani of Cantina Valpantena and Gaetano Tobin of Cantina Monteforte provide the grapes from some of their best sites. “We all make a lot of very good wine in Verona, but Terrapieno is an opportunity for us to make wines from single sites that represent the best of what Verona can do,” explains Matt Thomson. Terrapieno means 'full earth'. It is a type of construction historically used in northeastern Italy, an accumulation of earth to reinforce walls and fortifications. The Castello di Montorio in the Valpantena is a fine example.