Great Wines of Italy Masterclass: Taste Amarone and Ripasso

Date(s) - November 23, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

James Suckling Wine Central


Veneto is famous for its picturesque city of Venice as well as its powerful and iconic Amarone and Ripasso della Valpolicella wines.



Masterclass Tasting

Nov 23, 2021 (Tuesday); 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

@ James Suckling Wine Central

11 wines to taste / HK$588 per person

Join this special wine tasting masterclass and roundtable conversation hosted and presented by the tasting team.

Veneto is famous for its beautiful and picturesque city of Venice as well as its powerful and iconic Amarone della Valpolicella wines. This special style of wine is based on local grapes corvina, corvinone, rondinella and molinara, and delivers wines with concentration and character. Complex and full-bodied, they offer a variety of aromas and textures that satisfy many wine lovers. Another wine that deserves attention is Ripasso della Valpolicella, produced from skin maceration with partially fermented grapes used to produced the Amarone. This masterclass will feature both styles through five top producers of the appellation: Allegrini, Monte del Frà, Prà, Speri and Tedeschi.

Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017, 94 pts

Allegrini Valpolicella Ripasso Corte Giara La Groletta 2016, 90 pts

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Balerìn Amarone della Valpolicella Organic 2016, 92 pts

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Monte del Frà Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Scarnocchio 2015, 92 pts

Monte del Frà Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore Casa Capitei 2018, 92 pts

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Prà Amarone della Valpolicella Morandina 2015, 96 pts

Prà Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Morandina 2015, 92 pts

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Speri Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano 2016, 95 pts

Speri Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2019, 93 pts

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Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Ansari 2016, 95 pts

Tedeschi Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Capitel San Rocco 2017, 93 pts


The Allegrini Amarones are benchmarks for the region, refined and harmonious with a lovely balance of fabulous fruit and bright acidity. There is nothing overdone about them and they always impress with their structure and drinkability.


It’s hard to think of a couple that has done more to promote, market and sell fine Italian wines around the world, particularly in the US and now Asia, than Neil and Maria Empson. The Empsons have exported more great bottles of Italian wine in the past four decades than just about anyone else out there. They also produce their own wines. Balerin is a great fine wine made with finesse.

Monte del Frà

The heart of Monte del Fra is located in the village of Custoza, above Lake Garda, only seven miles (15 kilometres) from Verona. Its roots date back to 1492. The vineyards are planted in guyot style in the areas of Custoza, Bardolino and Lugana and with the classic pergola system in Valpolicella Classico.


Soave is lucky to have a winery like Pra. A truly great winemaker and a gentleman farmer, Graziano Pra knows the great crus of Soave Classico like the back of his hand. More recently, the winery began making red wine, too, and its Amarones and Valpolicellas have only enhanced its reputation.


The Speri family has been making wine in the Valpolicella Classica region, near the historic city of Verona, for seven generations. In the late 1950s Speri was one of the first estates to market Amarone della Valpolicella. Today, three generations of the family work together to manage the estate and, starting from 2004, they undertook the long process of conversion to organic farming, receiving their certification in 2015.


The Tedeschi family has a rich history in wine going back almost four centuries. Their dedication and passion for the Valpolicella region is unmatched, and the Amarones produced are fragrant, full and juicy.

This masterclass tasting at James Suckling Wine Central is part of Great Wines of Italy 2021 Grand Tasting & Masterclass Program throughout November – a series of curated tasting events featuring close to 100 of Italy’s greatest producers and their top-scoring wines. Check out the full line-up of all masterclass tastings and other programs during the tasting month at:

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