Famiglia Pasqua

A fam­ily pas­sion, a cen­tury of his­tory

Decanter - - INTERVIEW -

Famiglia Pasqua is the story of wine, vine­yards, and deep roots in the ter­ri­tory. The love of the Famiglia for Valpo­li­cella led to the found­ing of the com­pany in the north­ern Ital­ian city of Verona in 1925. Three gen­er­a­tions, with a Veronese heart and an in­ter­na­tional soul, com­bine with a great pas­sion: the viti­cul­ture and the pro­duc­tion of fine wines, first in the Ital­ian re­gions of Veneto and then also in the most fa­mous Ital­ian DOC re­gions. Tra­di­tion, in­no­va­tion, qual­ity, re­search and pas­sion are the val­ues that have al­ways dis­tin­guished the com­pany, gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion. The love and care for the cel­e­brated Amarone and Valpo­li­cella wines, the ap­pas­si­mento tech­nique of dry­ing grapes, typ­i­cal of the area, have made the com­pany fa­mous through­out Italy, and then in Europe and the world. With the en­try into the com­pany of the third gen­er­a­tion, com­posed by Ric­cardo, Alessandro, Ce­cilia and Gio­vanni, growth to­wards for­eign mar­kets has been fur­ther strength­ened, cul­mi­nat­ing with the cre­ation of Pasqua USA in New York in 2009. Cur­rently the com­pany op­er­ates in 50 mar­kets around the world.

Through­out their his­tory, the Pasqua broth­ers have been able to choose the vine­yard sites in Valpo­li­cella, in foothills and hilly ar­eas, by se­lect­ing in­di­vid­ual vine­yards to en­hance the char­ac­ter­is­tics of tra­di­tional grapes. These care­fully cho­sen vine­yards pro­duce qual­ity wines that are tra­di­tional ex­pres­sions of the ter­ri­tory.

One of the latest ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments is the Mon­teve­gro vine­yard, lo­cated in east­ern Valpo­li­cella. This 23-hectare vine­yard, from which Amarone and Valpo­li­cella with the Mai dire Mai (Never Say Never) la­bel are cre­ated, has al­most per­fect char­ac­ter­is­tics to gen­er­ate high qual­ity wines: a hill 350 me­tres high ex­posed on all fronts, over­look­ing the Val d’Il­lasi, Val di Mez­zane with the Lessini Moun­tains be­hind. Basaltic and lime­stone soil ori­gin en­sures op­ti­mal min­er­al­ity. The first two har­vests pro­duced Valpo­li­cella Su­pe­ri­ore 2012 and Amarone 2010, clas­sics by ori­gin and denom­i­na­tion, but in­no­va­tive in wine-mak­ing tech­nique and mar­ket ap­proach.

“The Mai dire Mai Amarone is a wine of great con­cen­tra­tion, struc­ture, el­e­gance and power. It comes from the best na­tive va­ri­eties of the Valpo­li­cella: Corv­ina, Corvi­none, Rondinella and Ose­leta” – ex­plains Um­berto Pasqua, at the helm of the com­pany along with his chil­dren.

“The Valpo­li­cella is made from the same grapes as the Amarone and is a wine of great in­ten­sity and body that in­vites dis­cov­ery and re­veals it­self grad­u­ally on the palate” - adds son Ric­cardo Pasqua, CEO of the com­pany – “aus­tere on the first sip, it shows its power and per­son­al­ity on fur­ther tast­ing. This wine is in­tense and com­plex, el­e­gant and ethe­real at the same time.”

There’s a new rosé, too. 11 Min­utes is the name of the wine com­ing from a vine­yard lo­cated in the most beau­ti­ful bend of Lake Garda. This is a fine blend of the no­blest parts of na­tive grape va­ri­eties, such as Corv­ina and Treb­biano di Lu­gana, with other va­ri­eties such as Syrah and Car­menère.

The grapes are very del­i­cately pressed and the name 11 Min­utes comes from the du­ra­tion of skin contact dur­ing the process. In this frac­tion of op­ti­mal time, the most no­ble parts of the grape and the slight pink­ish hues that char­ac­ter­ize this wine are drawn from the must.

The new rosé was awarded 91 points by De­canter.

De­canter also awarded 91 points to Pas­sione Sen­ti­mento white 2015. The Pas­sione Sen­ti­mento range is ded­i­cated to the city of Verona and the great­est of all love sto­ries, Romeo and Juliet. The la­bel shows the mes­sages left for lovers in the

court­yard of Juliet’s House. Three de­cli­na­tions of this wine: red, white and Pros­ecco, are tes­ta­ment to Famiglia Pasqua’s strong bond with their city of ori­gin, Verona. For the white and the red, in­spi­ra­tion was taken from the an­cient and tra­di­tional Veronese ap­pas­si­mento method of dry­ing the grapes af­ter the har­vest, the tech­nique used for the pro­duc­tion of Amarone. Stylish mod­ern wines have been cre­ated by blend­ing na­tive grapes, Corv­ina and Croat­ina, with Mer­lot and work­ing on the po­ten­tial of Gar­ganega.

The Amarone wines have also been awarded high scores: one of the most re­cent was an ex­tra­or­di­nary 94 points from Robert Parker for Amarone Famiglia Pasqua Ris­erva 2006. “This is a mon­u­men­tal ef­fort that shows enor­mous power and de­ter­mi­na­tion on all the senses, from the nose to the mouth,” as Mon­ica Larner de­scribed it.

Amarone Famiglia Pasqua is in fact an award-win­ning la­bel loved by com­pe­ti­tions and the press in­ter­na­tion­ally – last year it was voted best Ital­ian red wine and best Amarone vin­tage 2012 at the In­ter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge, Lon­don – and the 2013 vin­tage was awarded 91 points by Robert Parker who de­scribed it as “a very at­trac­tive wine that of­fers am­ple power and in­ten­sity along the way”.

“Our daily ded­i­ca­tion to the qual­ity of our wines, ex­pressed by ex­treme care through­out the en­tire pro­duc­tion process, from the vine­yard to the win­ery, has been rec­og­nized by the most au­thor­i­ta­tive ob­servers in our in­dus­try – said Um­berto Pasqua – both in the United States and Europe. We are hon­oured.”

Our story of love and pas­sion for wine con­tin­ues, and con­tin­ues to offer new ex­cite­ments.

“Three gen­er­a­tions, with a Veronese heart and an in­ter­na­tional soul, com­bine with a great pas­sion…”

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