Founded in 1874, Speri is located in the heart of the Valpolicella region of Veneto. Run by the Speri family and now in its seventh generation, Alberto Speri is the winemaker. The Speri winery is heavily rooted in tradition and well respected in the region.
Valpolicella Classico is a hilly nook within northern Italy’s Veneto region, covering one-fifth of the entire Valpolicella DOC and corresponding to just five municipalities. Wedged between the Adige River and the Alps mountain range, it constitutes the appellation’s historical core. Here the elevated terrain located on the Alpine foothills has a temperate climate that is unexpected given the northerly latitude.
In the Speri vineyards, the land has been divided into distinct crus comprising La Roverina, Sant’Urbano, and La Roggia. Throughout the property, the native vines of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Corvinone, Molinara and others are planted with a much higher density than the appellation’s average. This results in small crops with an excellent concentration that are fine-tuned in the state-of-the-art winery.
Vinification begins in November with a roller crusher/destemmer. Maceration in stainless steel tanks for eight days, with daily pumpovers and delestage. Transfer to vitrified cement tanks for completion of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in Allier oak (500-liters) tonneaux for 18 to 24 months, prior to lengthy bottle age.
This is one of the most significant Valpolicella Superiore in the area and is obtained from the grapes of the Sant’Urbano vineyard. The grapes are left to dry for around 20-25 days, concentrating the flavors and enriching the aromas and softness, which find the perfect balance after approximately two years of ageing. It is a wine, which stands out for its remarkable elegance and complexity.
This is top notch Valpolicella Superiore with intense aromatics and very savory. This style will appeal to those looking for a more refined and less sweet and concentrated expression. Great value. Highly recommended.