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Mazzi, Negrar

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Mazzi, Negrar

An obligatory stop on a tour of the Valpolicella region. One of the area's oldest wineries, it's been under the ownership of the Mazzi family since the beginning of the 19th century. According to legend, this is the birthplace of the famous Amarone wine.

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The story goes that in 1933, when a member of the Mazzi family became the president of the “Cantina Sociale della Vallpolicella” (which he had founded together with his associates), at one of their regular wine tastings it was discovered that the well-known Recioto was no longer sweet, but had become almost dry. “But this is a great Recioto amaro (a bitter Recioto)!” declared the president, and not long after, the wine was officially called “Amarone”. The Mazzi family's philosophy has always been that wine must embody the best possible terroir (how a particular region’s climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wine), and that its features must be distinct and recognizable – and become increasingly so as it ages. In the 1980s, the family opened a restaurant alongside its winery, one that specializes in real home cooking. The menu is limited, comprised of a meal of the day with a few variations. It's good and simple, and the portions are sized for a person who has spent the whole day tirelessly labouring in a vineyard. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is one of an authentic country house, with a ceiling covered in every size and form of woven basket imaginable.

Via Crosetta 8 – Fraz. San Preretto
www.robertomazzi.it

10/2015

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