The historic family of Amarone fame celebrates its 120th anniversary with the announcement of an exciting new investment in 15 hectares located in the Etna Rosso and Etna Bianco denominations
April 12th – The latest investment of Tommasi Family Estates, which this year celebrates its 120th anniversary, is a winery that was founded in the early 20th century on the slopes of Mount Etna. It is located at 570 meters above sea level in the small town of Linguaglossa in the Etna Natural Park, a few kilometers from Taormina.
The estate covers 15 hectares planted to Nerello Mascalese and Carricante grapes respectively for the production of Etna Rosso DOC and Etna Bianco DOC. It is nestled within the breathtaking natural beauty of this part of Sicily, which includes views of the sea and a huge natural formation of lava stone named Pietracannone. There is also a 1,500 square-meter large cellar facility on the property for winemaking and aging. The Tommasi family has yet to give a name to this new property.
“For 120 years we have had the ambitious goal of telling the story of Italy through its winemaking heritage and we are therefore proud to be considered among the best Italian wine ambassadors,” says Executive Director Pierangelo Tommasi. “Today, Etna represents one of the most interesting and exciting wine territories both from a production and business point of view. We are proud to be able to add this appellation to our portfolio with the others that we already represent, such as Valpolicella Classica, Lugana, Montalcino, Vulture in Basilicata and Manduria in Puglia.”
The agreement was signed with the Bambara-De Luca family, historical hoteliers in Taormina. “We have known the Tommasi family for quite some time and we appreciate their family union, combined with industriousness and expertise. These skills allow them to reach objectives beyond the classic Valpolicella area. The Tommasi family has also always had a vocation for the hospitality business, another important point we have in common,” says the Bambara-De Luca family. “We immediately found ourselves on the same wavelength, with a common vision of enhancing the territory and its riches. I am sure this collaboration will give further prestige to the Etna region and to wine tourism in the area.”
With this latest acquisition, the Tommasi family now owns a total of 780 hectares of vineyards throughout Italy. Theirs is the story of a great Italian wine family inspired by the pioneering spirit of expert, visionary farmers – as the current generation’s relatives were – to constantly move forward with great dedication, pragmatics, style, and a penchant for experimentation
TOMMASI FAMILY ESTATES
A family and a group that are working for the present and future of Italian wine: Tommasi represents the history of the Valpolicella area, and more besides. With seven wine-producing estates in six Regions of Italy – Tommasi in the Veneto, Tenuta di Caseo in Lombardy, Casisano at Montalcino and Poggio al Tufo in the Tuscan Maremma, Masseria Surani in Puglia, Paternoster in Basilicata and a project in Umbria that will be ready in 2023, (as well as a partnership with La Massa in Chianti Classico) – the group’s objective is to create great wines, always highlighting the value of the individual terroir.
The picture is completed by the De Buris cultural and winemaking project, linked to the terroir of Valpolicella Classica, the restoration of Villa De Buris, and the production of an Amarone Classico D.O.C. Riserva.
Four generations of pioneers, explorers, precursors and especially visionaries, attentive to the vital importance of quality in every phase of production, with respect for traditional techniques but also open to experimentation: with the unique experience and know-how they have acquired and cultivated over time, the Tommasi family aims to express the very best of each region, combining this with their dedication to sustainability and hospitality.
Their attention to offering a warm welcome is expressed at Villa Quaranta Wine Hotel & SPA in Valpolicella, the Mazzanti Hotel and Caffè Dante Bistrot in Verona, and the Poggio al Tufo Agriturismo at Pitigliano, in the Tuscan Maremma.