For the first time in 15 years, an Italian association
has been recognised by the leading authoritative German wine & food magazine
On Saturday, 29 April, the Italian Association “Famiglie dell'Amarone d'Arte” - Amarone Families (Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Guerrieri Rizzardi, Masi, Musella, Speri, Tedeschi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Tommasi, Torre D’Orti, Venturini and Zenato) received the Wine Awards for Friends bestowed by Feinschmecker, the leading authoritative German wine & food magazine, in a ceremony held in the refined setting of the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, located in Bergish Gladbach, outside Cologne, Germany.
The award marked the first time that the prestigious monthly magazine has chosen an Italian association. It is an exemplary case that will make history by recognising the merit and dedication shown by a group of 13 historical producers of Amarone whose mission is preserving the value of this wine in the restaurants and wine bars all over the world, but also on the pages of the most prestigious wine magazines and guides. The Amarone Families were chosen by the magazine because they are a strong, cohesive group, recognised by the market and international critics for their valuable dedication to the Valpolicella area.
“We are honoured to have received the Awards for Friends, which adds to and reinforces the authoritativeness and prestige of our Association and its 13 members, but which also benefits Amarone and the entire Valpolicella area,” commented President Maria Sabrina Tedeschi. “We are all working towards the progress and development of the Valpolicella area, and these international awards are proof of the soundness of our actions. Our deep commitment in this regard, and the success that we have achieved motivate us to continue, although it is proving difficult to act in synergy with certain institutions that refuse to cooperate with our Association, despite sharing the aim of promoting Amarone. Feinschmecker has recognised our ability to impose ourselves on the market at an international level and to promote high-quality wine around the world in a synergistic manner, emphasising the key aspects of our approach: rigour and outstanding professionalism.”
The award further acknowledges the Association’s leadership, also in light of the recent successes achieved by its two past Presidents: Sandro Boscaini, Chairman of Masi Agricola S.p.A. and recipient of the Leonardo Italian Quality Prize — an award that the Italian government bestows each year on companies most representative of Italian craftsmanship — and Marilisa Allegrini, the first Italian producer to appear on the cover of the authoritative U.S. magazine Wine Spectator.
The Wine Awards for Friends thus breathes new life into the Amarone Families: a further proof of their role as prestigious, acknowledged ambassadors of the wine-making expertise boasted by the Valpolicella area, in Italy and internationally.
The Amarone Families is an Association founded in June 2009 by ten historical Valpolicella companies. It currently has 13 members, all prestigious wine producers that have been supporting and promoting the local area for generations: Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Guerrieri Rizzardi, Masi, Musella, Speri, Tedeschi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Tommasi, Torre D’Orti, Venturini and Zenato. The Amarone Families Association has its roots in the values of tradition and craftsmanship, which it embodies fully, with the aim of spreading awareness of and preserving not only its wines, but also one of Italy’s most strategic wine-growing regions: Valpolicella. Each of the families contributes a treasure trove of knowledge built up over time and an unwavering commitment to quality, tradition and innovation to promote this great wine. To ensure high standards of quality, strict production requirements have been in effect since 2009, with the aim of paying homage to the long history of the Valpolicella region. As a distinctive sign and symbol of their identity, the Amarone Families apply an exclusive hologram to their bottles of Amarone, to ensure that they are easily recognisable and to give a visible sense of belonging to the association. The inclusion of new members has strengthened interest in the association and its prestige, making it today a recognised, authoritative institution that plays an increasingly active part in decisions aimed at safeguarding high-quality Amarone. amaronefamilies.it
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