Amarone: Dried grapes seminar

20 November 2019 , 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  | London

The production of wines from partially dried grapes resulting in concentration of flavours is one of the oldest techniques in the world. The production method can vary from allowing the grapes to dry on the vine or picking and then drying by various methods. The Appassimento grape drying technique is well known in Venetian regions and in particular in Amarone. In the latter half of the last century the dry red wine version superseded the sweeter Recioto wines.

In June 2009 ten historical Valpolicella companies founded an association, The Famiglie Storiche Today it boasts 13 partners, prestigious wineries which for generations have sustained and promoted the territory: Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Guerrieri Rizzardi, Masi, Musella, Speri, Tedeschi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Tommasi, Torre D’Orti, Venturini and Zenato.

This seminar takes you on a journey from vineyard to the glass focusing on viticultural practices - Pergola versus Guyot, key characteristics of different grapes and sustainability. Technical elements of the Appassimento process – learning about the biochemistry and physiology of dried grapes – changes in VA and phenolic compounds and how this impacts vinification techniques. Market strengths and weaknesses. We are honoured to have Luca Speri, Giacomo Boscaini and Marilisa Allegrini on the panel.

The seminar will be supplemented by a tasting of 13 wines, one from each member and will showcase wines from 2001 onwards. In the afternoon there is an additional optional walk around tasting where each producer will showcase a further three wines.*

Event: Amarone, Dried grapes seminar
Time: 1000h - 1200h
Location: IMW HQ, 6 Riverlight Quay, London, SW11 8EA
Price (inclusive of VAT): MWs £20, MW students £25, general admission £30

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*The walk around tasting is organised and hosted by The Famiglie Storiche. Attendees of the Masterclass are invited to attend the afternoon event if they choose. 

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