We have returned to this Valpolicella estate on the outskirts of Marano so many times and never come back empty handed. This is a classic family business, founded in 1909 by Angelo Righetti. His son, Luigi took the business to a wider market and proved to be adept in dealing with the growers who supply the grapes, a job that he still (in his 80s) does today, even after handing the reigns on to his son Gianni. Gianni continues these relationships and has focused and modernised the business; it is a true Valpolicella estate that is respected by customers and colleagues alike. The flagship wine is the Amarone ‘Capitel de Roari’ (there is another less expensive Amarone by Righetti, sometimes shipped by other UK merchants – an error in our opinion). Their Amarones are made from grapes hauled into the attic of the Azienda and left to dry over the winter months. The resulting wines are then aged in traditional large barrels of Slovenian oak (botti) and old barriques before finally being released four years after the vintage. The Campolieti is a wine that has improved with every vintage. It is a ‘ripasso’ wine where the Valpolicella is passed over the skins of the Amarone for a touch more fermentation and enrichment. Not only has this wine been a great long term hit with our customers, it has also been a great success across the Channel, whoever said the French couldn’t enjoy the finer things in life?