Gaetano and Piofrancesco Tamellini have been bottling wines from their vineyards for almost 30 years and they keep just getting better and better. I first met them many years ago when I was working for another importer and I fell in love with them and with the wines. Gaetano is the serious one who does the winemaking and Piofrancesco the not so serious one who manages the vineyards and I have always seen the twinkle in their eyes of joy and kindness.
Their vineyards are in the heart of historical Soave near the city of Verona in an area called Costeggiola. The soils are made of limestone and old volcanic soils that are great for the native Garganega grape. Care is taken in the vineyard and in the cellar to be as natural as possible with the wines . . . cover crops, no herbacides or pesticides, copper and sulphur to fight mildew but that is about it . . . very much in line with our philosophy of do no harm. I am so proud to have these guys and their wine be a part of Rinascimento Wine Company and I hope that this is a "rebirth" for them in the California market.