Cantine Giacomo Montresor
The Montresor family has its roots in France. The count Claude de Montresor had a prominent and important, historical position during Cardinal Richelieu days and he took part in the political events as prime counsellor of Duke d’Orleans, the cousin of the king. He supported a moderate and less conservative monarchy. The Montresor family is also mentioned in a famous tale of Edgar A. Poe, “The Amontillado Cask”, where a member of the Montresor family is described as premium wine connoisseur with an excellent palate.
In the 16th century a branch of the family moved from Chateau Montresor, in the Loire valley to Italy and more precisely in Verona where they acquired lands, estates and started the culture of the vines. When Giacomo Montresor, in the second half of the 19th century, started to sell the wines he produced under his family name, he could not imagine that one century later his wines would have reached the four cardinal points of the world.
Just outside of the historic city center, heading north and west towards Lake Garda, you’ll encounter the rolling hills of the Valpolicella region – the name is thought to come from the Greek meaning ‘valley of many cellars’. It is the second largest producer of quality (DOC) wines. The Valpolicella area encompasses several neighboring valleys that include 7 different villages.
Montresor received organic certification and a new range of organic wines will be released with the next vintage. Some of its wines are already bottled in a lighter weight glass bottle (less than 420g) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions during transport, with the added benefit of reducing the amount of glass to be manufactured.
Over the next two years, solar panels will be installed at the winery to provide some of the electricity required in the production process. Alongside this, Montresor is about to install a water purification system to recover and recycle the water used at the winery.
When it comes to red wine, Valpolicella is dedicated to the production of four grape varieties: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara.