Valentini is a truly storied estate. Historic, emblematic and frustratingly rare, there is no question these wines are amongst the finest in the country and their style is singularly unique around the world. Writing for Vinous, Ian D'Agata comments “Simply put, Valentini is one of Italy’s 20 or so best wine estates.”
Covering some 250 hectares, vines occupy about 70 hectares of the estate, with another 65 given over to olive trees producing one of the finest extra virgin oils in Italy. Tradition and exacting standards are the watchwords here. If the grapes or wine don’t meet Francesco and Grabriele Valentini’s expectation of what can be produced here, they are simply sold off.
The Trebbiano is the flagship and arguably Italy’s greatest white. The Montepulciano has only been produced about 8 times in the last 20 years adding to the scarcity. Meanwhile, a real unicorn wine, a rosato Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is also produced from Montepulciano grapes in tiny quantities.