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Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella 2016

The Experience

Drink When...
Changing career direction
Listen To...
Career Opportunities by The Clash
Think About...
The job centre
Drink With...
Herby white meat dishes

The Oddbins Take

You couldn't make up some of the things people did before joining the wine trade. Troilus Hoplite-Gryppe, head of Kent's Bunceworth winery, was initially sent to the vineyard aged 26 by the DWP, on a work experience program. Wine blogger Fintan O'nions had a previous job writing farming reports, and fondly remembers his favourite: "the Herdwick ewe has just been tupped by a Bluefaced Leicester ram." Similarly, Giancarlo Ruffo had specialised in floor cleaning machines before purchasing a country retreat in Tregnago, where the idyllic country life turned his head to the delights of winemaking. And this joyous, youthful, perfumed, licorice-textured cherry delight proves that he's cleaned up once again!

The Vital Statistics

DOC Valpolicella
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next Year
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Alcohol Units

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The Style

Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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Tenuta Chiccheri was founded by Giancarlo Ruffo, a businessman with a background in floor cleaning machines. A love of nature and agriculture led him to acquire a family retreat in Tregnago, whence he moved into wine production, and Tenuta Chiccheri developed just a little at a time. His first vintages were released in the early 2000s. Tenuta Chiccheri now produces Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore and Amarone, together with Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso and a traditional method spumante.

Tenuta Chiccheri's vineyards are situated at 400m above sea level, on the slopes of the Val d'Illasi, between Lake Garda and the Lessini mountains. A south-south-east exposure and a pronounced day/night temperature variation, combined with the local calcareous soil, offer ideal conditions for growing the DOC's varietals, together with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Giancarlo is well aware that passion and tradition do not in themselves make good wine, and is committed to quality being evident in all stages of production, from vineyard equipment to cellar appointment, all the way to delivery to the consumer. Every row of every vineyard is carefully tended all year roundEvery vineyard, every row of vine to every single individual vine is carefully tended so that it can produce the best fruits possible.

Tenuta Chiccheri's operation is headed by consultant winemaker Franco Bernabei, widely considered to be one of Italy's very finest consulting oenologists. Since gaining a degree in oenology in 1974 he has gained international acclaim, first for his work in his beloved Tuscany, and more recently for winemaking in a number of other Italian regions.

Harvested grapes are soft pressed and vinified in stainless steel. Fresh and designed to be drunk young, this red has a pleasantly perfumed nose with lingering flavours of cherries and licorice. It would sit nicely with poultry and grilled pork steaks