Marco Speri is the son of Benedetto Speri, the patriarch of one of the legendary winemaking families in Valpolicella. Marco followed in his father’s footsteps for 25 years before creating his own brand in 2008. Marco’s goal is to make wines according to his own vision emphasizing balance, freshness and elegance.
Valpolicella is a winegrowing area east of Lake Garda in the region of Veneto. Marco Speri’s 15 hectares of vineyards are located in the town of Fumane, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico appellation, and are trained in a high-density pergoletta, a Y-shaped innovation to the traditional pergola system.
Valpolicella Classico is made from Corvina (70%), Corvinone (15%), Rondinella (10%), and other local varietals (5%). The grapes are picked by hand and fermented in stainless-steel tanks with indigenous yeasts to preserve freshness and fragrance. Maturation takes place first in cement vats and then in large wood to add complexity without affecting the fruit character.
Secondo Marco’s Valpolicella Classico is characterized by aromas and flavors of morello and sour red cherries with hints of aromatic herbs and dried flowers. The wine is medium in body with juicy acidity and retains its bright refreshing character thanks to fermentation and aging in neutral vessels. If you think you know it well, you may be in for a surprise. Its light freshness conceals a complex soul, fruit of a rigorous and strict work ethic. It takes time and a refined palate to fully appreciate it: each sip is a new revelation. Valpolicella Classico.
With its bright acidity and medium weight, Valpolicella Classico is perfectly suited to a wide range of foods. It pairs well with cured meats and marinated vegetables as an antipasti. Thanks to its soft tannins, this versatile wine also works well with grilled or roasted poultry or even pan-seared lake trout.