Dal Forno

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At a Glance

  • Domaine established: 1988
  • New winery built: 2001
  • Owner: Romano Dal Forno
  • Heads of viticulture: Marco & Luca Dal Forno
  • Closure type: Natural Cork
  • Vegan: No

Vineyards

Red grape varieties: 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta, 10% Croatine
Red grape varieties not grown: Molinara
Average vine age: ~25 years
Total area of estate: 52 ha
Total area under vine with red grapes: 80 ha
Average yield: 15 hl/ha
Vine density: up to 12K, 18K vines/ha
Terroir: alluvial origin, composed of 70% gravel, 15% clay, 15% silt
Altitude: 260m to 350m

Agriculture

Sustainable
Certified: no

Timeline

2017 acquisition of new vineyards
2014 no Amarone produced
2013 30th anniversary dinner in the elevage cellar
2012 1st Amarone vintage from 100% French oak
2008 introduction of the vacuum fermentation system
2007 no Amarone produced
2002 1st Valpolicella vintage from 100% dried grapes
2001 enlargement and modernization of the Palladian style winery
1997 acquisition of new vineyards
1991 first part of the winery built
1988 1st vintage Recioto
1983 label founded by Romano & Loretta Dal’Forno
1957 Romano dal’Forno born


Awards and kind words

often in Suckling’s Top 100 WOTY
often in Suckling’s Top 100 Italian WOTY
often in IWR Top 100 WOTY
2009 Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 Cellar Selection
2005 in list Robert Parker’s World’s Greatest Wine Estates

Wines

WineBlendWinemaking
Valpolicella Superiore70% Corvina & Corvina Grossa (Corvinone), 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina, 5% Osoleta100% of grapes dried for 45 days. 2 years elevage, 100% new oak, then minimum 3 years in bottle
Amarone della Valpolicella60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina, 10% Osoleta100% of grapes dried for 8 months, 2 years elevage, 100% new oak (100% French since 2012), then minimum 4 years in bottle
Passito Rosso Vigna Sere
(ex- Recioto della Valpolicella)
55% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 20% Croatina, 10% Osoleta100% of grapes dried for 4 months, 2 years elevage, 100% new oak, then minimum 3 years in bottle
(produced only in 1988, 1997, 2004 & 2008)