In 1969 Arnaldo Galli, winemaker and his wife Marta began to research and experiment with new techniques in vine-growing and wine-making. Nowadays, their sons Paolo, (graduated in Business Management) and Marco, (graduated in Agriculture with a thesis on “Microvinification of local varieties”), are still researching and experimenting to always have top quality wines. The family commitment is to focus on quality and not on quantity, with the utmost respect for traditions, but always keeping an eye on modern technologies, both in vine-growing and in the cellar.
The estate’s forty acres are dry farmed (no irrigation) and the steep vineyard slopes require all vineyard work to be done by hand. For ageing, large Slovenian Botti (oak casks), with the experimental use of new and used French Allier and Tronçais barriques, allow truer expression of subtle terroir characters that make a wine from “LeRagose” unmistakably of its place and uniquely itself. Marta Galli, often referred to as “La Signora del Vino,” was voted “Wine Maker of the World” in 1990 by her peers, in part because of her influence in re-establishing Valpolicella as a classic in Italian wine and helping it achieve a DOC designation.
“Le Ragose is an excellent source for traditionally made Valpolicellas and Amarones that can be had for very fair prices.”
(Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker)
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 91 Points
“Le Ragose’s Cabernet Sauvignon is simply beautiful. Dark plums, wild cherries, grilled herbs, violets and minerals are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass. The firm Cabernet tannins are beautifully balanced by the generous fruit…all of the elements come together with unusual harmony and finesse. This is a fabulous effort from Le Ragose.”
ROBERT PARKER Score 92 2009-2016
“The 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a pretty, understated wine with lovely inner perfume in its sweet roses, raspberries, spices and liquorice. The tannins remain fine and silky throughout, conveying an impression of elegance. The wine offers outstanding length as well as balance. Though not a blockbuster, the 2004 Amarone impresses for its superb drinkability and balance.