Anselmi | A family business located in Monteforte d’Alpone, in the province of Verona. Roberto Anselmi had decided to return to the family business in 1975. His goal was to repurchase those vineyards that his grandfather had cultivated for 25 years and lost in 1945 because of World War Two. Anselmi became one on the pioneers of more modern winemaking in Italy’s Soave region, along with Nino Pieropan, ‘planting French-style, high density, low yielding guyot vineyards,’ (Richard Baudains, May 2001). Anselmi eschewed Trebbiano Toscano, a neutral grape variety whose allowance in Soave rendered the Soave DOC no longer credible, he argued. He subsequently stopped using the Soave DOC denomination on his wines in 2000, calling it no longer credible.
Vineyards | 70 hectares of vineyards, more than half of which are family owned. The vineyards are planted in the traditional Soave areas: Monteforte, Soave, Foscarino and Zoppega on high hills exposed to south. Terroir: Calcareous volcanic soil, rich in limestone. Grape varieties: Garganega is the main grape variety cultivated, along with some aromatic varieties. High yielding pergola vineyards were replaced with VSP, cane pruned vines producing lower yields.
Winery | In constant evolution and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, some of it engineered and patented by Roberto Anselmi.
Capitel Croce | Barrel aged.
I Capitelli | I Capitelli is a sweet white wine made in the style of Recioto di Soave DOCG but bottled as IGT Veneto.
Realdà | Realdà is a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Oz Clarke, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015), p29.
Richard Baudains, ‘Identity crisis’, Decanter May 2001, p.68.