Giuseppe Quintarelli is a legendary estate located in the hills north of Verona in the heart of the Valpolicella appellation. It is regarded by many as the greatest of all Amarone producers, and is known for its traditional deep, complex wines packaged with distinctive handwritten labels. The great man Quintarelli himself, known as il Maestro del Veneto, died in 2012 aged 84 but the winery remains family-owned and managed.
Today, the property expands over 12 hectares of vineyards, along the eastern side of the Negrar Valley, at an altitude of around 500 meters, in the heart of Valpolicella. The estate cellars are located atop the Ca Paletta hill in Cere di Negrar. The Quintarelli vineyards are planted with a wide range of varieties, trained by the Veronese pergola system for local grapes like Corvina and Corvinone, and the Guyot system for the international ones like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vines, which are 30 years old on average, stretch their roots deep into soils of limestone and basalt. No chemical herbicides are used in the cultivation of the vines and the yields are deliberately kept low through strict pruning and green harvest, as a way to favor quality over quantity. The harvest typically takes place pretty late in the season, ensuring that the fruit sufficiently ripens. The picking takes place is several passages through the vineyards, with each plot and grape variety harvested only when it is ready.