Tinazzi: Unique experiences in wine tourism at both ends of the Italian peninsula

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Image credit: Tinazzi Winery
Image credit: Tinazzi Winery

Tinazzi winery was founded in northern Italy on the shores of Lake Garda in 1968, when Eugenio Tinazzi decided to enter the wine industry with his son Gian Andrea, who was only 18 years old, but already driven by a proactive and entrepreneurial spirit. The rapid success of the winery reflected the increasingly high reputation of Valpolicella wines, Amarone and Ripasso above all, which Tinazzi has always mastered, receiving international acclaim for both its Ca’ de’ Rocchi “La Bastia” Amarone della Valpolicella and Ca’ de’ Rocchi “Monterè” Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore.

Credit: Tinazzi Winery
Credit: Tinazzi Winery

When Gian Andrea’s children Francesca and Giorgio came of age, they joined their father and now help him supervise the family business, which has vigorously expanded in the Veneto as well as in Puglia, in southern Italy. Since 2001, their passion to explore brought them towards the “heel of the boot”, where they acquired a 66-hectare estate named Feudo Croce, invested in the historic wine cooperative Cantine San Giorgio and today they make outstanding, prize-winning Primitivo di Manduria wines such as Feudo Croce “Imperio LXXIV” and Cantine San Giorgio “Diodoro”.

Image credit: Tinazzi Winery
Image credit: Tinazzi Winery

And yet the family has always been very attached to the land of its origins and recently decided to invest near Lake Garda and start the restoration of the old farmhouse “Ca’ de’ Rocchi”, which will soon be a suitable accommodation for wine lovers and tourists alike. “Our priority now is to create an exciting hospitality programme,” says Francesca Tinazzi on the building site. “This will also focus on the heart of Valpolicella, where we recently acquired the Poderi Campopian estate, home to high quality Classico wines”. The hospitality programme will include wine tastings, cooking classes, and tours designed to explore all aspects of Italian lifestyle surrounded by picturesque scenarios made up of vineyards and old villages. Wine lovers and tourists will be able to enjoy the “Tinazzi Experience”, in northern and southern Italy, discovering the secrets of winemaking while retaining a high level of comfort.

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