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ILatium Morini, Veneto

Wines full of character from a small producer in Veneto.

Inspired by the quality of the wines produced by their neighbour, Romano dal Forno, the seven brothers and cousins who own Latium Morini ddecided not to sell their grapes to the locale Cantine Sociale, as their forefathers had for years but to make their own wines instead.

Latium originates from the Latin name for their hometown, Illasi, which lies in the eastern part of the Valpolicella district. Over 2000 years ago the Romans established the towns and villages in the area and planted vines and olive trees and so this land has a long viticultural tradition.

Today the winery cultivates 40 hectares with plots spread across Valpolicella and Soave. The appasimento technique of air drying grapes is used - not only in the production of Amarone and Valpolicella Superiore, but also in the single vineyard Soave Campo Le Calle, adding an intriguing level of complexity to the wines.

Since their first vintage in 2004, the torrent of accolades - including an IWC Gold for their Amarone and high ratings from Jancis Robinson - would suggest that they made the right decision.

Now firmly established at the forefront of the new wave of quality modern producers of Soave, Valpolicella and Amarone, the wines combine beautiful fruit concentration with fresh, bright acidity that makes a second glass (or bottle) almost impossible to resist.