Tommasi Family Estates, one of the most established wine producers in Verona and a wine group with eight estates covering almost 800 hectares of vineyards across seven Italian regions, proudly concludes the end of a year filled with successes and accolades. Throughout 2023, the company received numerous awards and accolades, reflecting its ongoing commitment to quality and innovation while respecting each territory with unwavering dedication. Positive results were also achieved in hospitality at the wineries, both at the active facilities in Pedemonte di Valpolicella, Montalcino in Tuscany, and Basilicata, and in the positive increase in visitors to the family-owned resort, the historic Villa Quaranta in Ospedaletto di Pescantina.
“We are satisfied with the results achieved this year; certainly, 2023 was not easy due to the international economic situation with unstable markets and a clear slowdown in the global economic cycle – declares Pierangelo Tommasi. – We are proud of the strength of our brand, which, by remaining steadfast in the values of each individual territory and committing to increasingly higher quality standards, has earned numerous awards for the wines produced in every region where we are”.
“Awards have been given to our flagship wines like Amarone or Brunello and our everyday or easy-drinking wines, attesting to the high quality across the entire wine range. We are proud of the positive results achieved in our hospitality as well, with over 6,000 visitors for tours and tastings at the wineries, marking a 35% increase in our estates, the historic Pedemonte headquarters, Casisano in Montalcino, and Paternoster in Basilicata, and also at Villa Quaranta, which has seen a 25% growth compared to last year, despite the first five months of the year having 18 rooms and two meeting rooms under renovation”.
Tommasi Family Estates: a year of great success for Amarone della Valpolicella
2023 has been a memorable year for Tommasi Family Estates in terms of oenological recognition. The Ca’ Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG 2015, in addition to receiving 5 grappoli from Bibenda, scored 95/100 from Wine Journal – Eros Teboni, Doctor Wine, and Le Guide dell’Espresso, 94/100 from Falstaff, and the Corona di Vini Buoni d’Italia.
The Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2019 earned 93/100 from James Suckling, 92/100 from Falstaff, and 91/100 from Club Enologique, with the Merano Wine Festival awarding it gold.
The Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2020 received 92/100 from James Suckling, while the Rafaèl Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2021 got 90/100 from Falstaff and Wine Spectator. Le Fornaci Lugana DOC 2022 boasted 91/100 from Decanter and gold at the Sélection Mondiales Des Vins in Canada, while Le Fornaci Lugana Riserva DOC 2019 received 92/100 from Vinous, Decanter, and Falstaff.
Casisano’s Brunello di Montalcino is Decanter’s “Top Value”
Other Tommasi Family Estates also achieved significant results. The wines of Casisano, the family’s Tuscan project, impressed critics. The Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2017 earned 4 Viti from AIS Vitae, along with scores of 95/100 from Vinum and 94/100 from Wine Enthusiast.
The Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018 was highly appreciated with a score of 93/100 from James Suckling, 92/100 as “Top Value” from Decanter, 92/100 from Wine Spectator and Falstaff, and gold at the Sélection Mondiales Des Vins in Canada.
In Tuscany, the Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT 2020 from the Poggio al Tufo estate in Maremma received a score of 90/100 as Top Value from Wine Spectator.
From Aglianico del Vulture to Sparkling Pinot Noir from Oltrepò Pavese: the other face of Tommasi Family Estates
Paternoster, the historic brand from Basilicata, also performed well. Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG 2017 earned 4 viti from AIS Vitae, scores of 95/100 from Doctor Wine, and 93/100 from Guida Veronelli with three gold stars. The Synthesi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2019 received the Best Buy award from Wine Enthusiast with a score of 90/100, along with the Bere Bene award from Gambero Rosso and 95/100 from Le Guide Dell’Espresso. The Vulcanico Falanghina Basilicata IGT 2022 scored 91/100 from Wine Enthusiast, which included it in the Top 100 Best Buy 2023 list.
The Apulian brand Masseria Surani also made it to the Top 100 Best Buy 2023 list with the Primitivo di Manduria 2020 scoring 91/100; Wine Enthusiast also awarded Best Buy to the Surani Fiano Puglia IGT 2022 with 90/100.
In Oltrepo Pavese, the Caseo estate, known for Pinot Nero and sparkling wines, achieved a score of 91/100 from Falstaff for its 470 Pinot Nero Metodo Classico brut 2017, while the 410 Chardonnay Metodo Classico brut 2018 won gold at the Merano Wine Festival. Four Roses from Viniplus went to the 530 Pinot Nero Rosé Metodo Classico brut 2017, along with a score of 91/100 from James Suckling and Falstaff.
From De Buris to the Villa Quaranta Hospitality project: the 2023 awards
Finally, the new De Buris Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC 2017 was awarded 4 viti from AIS Vitae, scored 92/100 from Wine Spectator, and will accompany the spring launch of the multi-award-winning De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG 2011, already awarded Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso, Premio fero Ais as Best Aging Red Wine, and Cellar Selection with 96/100 from Wine Enthusiast and 94/100 from Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
The American magazine Wine Spectator awarded the Borgo Antico Restaurant at Villa Quaranta the Best of Award of Excellence for the 10th consecutive year.
The award is given to restaurants distinguished by excellent and high-quality wine lists that harmonize with the cuisine offered and provide accurate information; the Borgo Antico restaurant, with its 800 labels and a wide selection of old vintages from different wine regions, was certainly among the most deserving.
“Our family – concludes Pierangelo Tommasi – is very proud to have received so many accolades. These satisfactions and gratifications are ones we like to share at the end of a challenging year. The credit certainly goes to the entire working team: a diligent and cohesive group that has been able to interpret and capitalize on the values of sharing, trust, and the quality of our brand, a brand distinguished by reliability, respect, and project planning. Indeed, a complex but interesting 2024 awaits us, full of plans, with a sustainability plan and certifications that we have been working on for a while, expansion and improvement works for all our production and hospitality facilities, and the project of the new winery at the Le Fornaci estate in Desenzano del Garda, which will kick off in the second part of the year”.