Tedeschi is one of the historic names of the classic part of the Valpolicella. Documents recently found in the family archives demonstrate that the first acquisition of vineyards goes all the way back to 1630. The winery is directed by Renzo Tedeschi along with his children Antonietta, Sabrina, and Riccardo, who continue the work of bringing out all of the character of the terroir begun four centuries ago by their ancestors, producing wines of unmistakable personality which combine tradition and innovation. Since the very beginning the Tedeschi family has aimed for wines with body, structure, and fragrance, balanced and elegant. The working philosophy is based on innovation to obtain higher quality, on the one hand, and absolute respect for tradition on the other, and explains new developments in recent years. In April of 2006 Tedeschi purchased 210 acres of land (a Maternigo property) in the Valpolicella appellation, located between Tregnago and Mezzane di Sotto. A project to plant 75 acres of vineyards has been approved. The planting of the Le Pontare vineyard , situated in the township of Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella just a few miles form the cellars, is well under way: 12.5 acres have already been planted and the rest were to be finished by the end of 2008. The new grape-drying facility in Pedemonte, with a capacity of 350 tons of grapes, was finished in 2007. Fermenting facilities have been moved and modernized, and amplified as well. The former fermenting space has been restructured and transformed into an aging cellar with 47 new 1,000 to 5,000 liter casks coopered from Slavonian oak, a total aging capacity of 94,000 liters which has been added to the casks already in the cellars and purchased over the past decade. As far as the wines are concerned, the most important are made from such native varieties as Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Oseleta, along with Molinara, Dindarella, and Negrara. Among the product lines are “Fabriseria”, limited-quantity wines produced only in special vintages, “Capitel”, which include the historic crus of the house, and “I Classici”, well made and very reasonable in price. The standard-bearer of the winery is the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Monte Olmi, winner of many prizes and much recognition. An intense ruby red, it shows an expressive nose of cherries, raspberries, and currants, and an elegant body, powerful and long. A wine for game or cheese.