Vicentini is a small family business where Agostino works with his wife Teressa and their children Emanuele and Francesca. The family cellar and home is in San Zeno, an unassuming village at the mouth of the Val d‘Illarsi which has the dubious honour of nestling inside both the Soave and Valpolicella DOCs but is also outside of their respective Classico zones. This has done little to deter the family from making some of the region’s most respected wines.
Vicentini have three very distinct terroirs, at very different altitudes. The first is on volcanic rock within the Valle dei Ciliegi (valley of cherries). This land is largely responsible for their Valpolicella and Soave ‘Casale’. The second is their back garden, a beautiful vineyard of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave on limestone in the commune of Terrelunghe. The third is the highest, a recovered vineyard responsible for the Palazzo di Campiano.
Agostino was not only early to bottle his own wines, he was also the first to return to viticulture in Campiano; those once abandoned hills whose fortunes have been transformed, thanks to a combination of climate change and a revolution in the way the world enjoys wine, high altitude red is now treasured.