Spend just a few minutes speaking with Francesca Sartori about her family’s winery, and it becomes abundantly clear that Roccolo Grassi is committed to quality over quantity. This small estate, founded in 1996 and now run by Francesca and her brother, Marco, is comprised of two vineyards, Roccolo Grassi for red varietals and La Broia for white, totaling 14 hectares. From these vineyards they produce singular wines reflective of their unique terroir. They produce only one wine of each type and will not produce the Amarone or Recioto in certain vintages if the fruit is not up to their demanding standards. In addition, they keep the yields low in the vineyards, hand select only the best fruit, use natural methods in the winery, and allow for extra aging time in the cellar. This attention to detail results in beautiful age-worthy wines possessing elegance, balance, and truly distinctive character.
Claudio Monaci introduced me to this producer over a dinner in Verona during Vinitaly in 2012. A common dish in the Veneto is Bollito Misto (boiled meat) and a great companion is Amarone. He told me he thought Roccolo Grassi was a great producer and wanted me to try it... i was floored. The wines were by far the best I'd ever tasted from the region. The next day he asked Francesca to stop by and drop off some wine for me to taste on my own. I asked if I could just come by the property instead, where I met her and her brother Marco. Between the Valpolicella, Amarone, and Soave I don't know of a better winery in the Veneto moving the needle on premium wine.
Alluvial, very rich in limestone