On Sunday 28April, seven of the world’s best Italian chefs, Massimo Bottura, the brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito, Luciano Monosilio and, gathered at Harrods’s The Georgian restaurant to give diners what could only be described as the ‘Lunch of a Lifetime. Together, they brought 13 Michelin stars under one roof, and a menu featuring seven courses, including Davide Scabin’s innovative ‘Pasta Shake’ and Luciano Monosilio’s legendary carbonara, Massimo Bottura’s ‘Psychedelic Veal’ and Enrico and Roberto Cerea’s elaborate dessert buffet. The wine served alongside this delectable culinary event was, of course, destined to be of equal stature…
Having produced wines for over four hundred years, today the Allegrini Estate is one of the most dynamic and well-known wine producers in Italy and abroad. Its roots lie in Fumane di Valpolicella where, in 1854, the Azienda Agricola was founded and headed, over subsequent decades, by consecutive generations of the Allegrini Family.
Set in the Valpolicella Classico area, the Allegrini Estate extends for some 100 hectares (247 acres); these parcels are the cradle of highly prestigious cru wines such as La Grola, Palazzo della Torre and La Poja and the birthplace of Amarone, a star in the constellation of great Italian red wines.
Presented at IdentitàLondon, The first vintage of Allegrini’s La Grola wine was released in 1983, with its anniversary taking place this year, 2013. On the occasion of this anniversary, 7000 bottles of Allegrini’s La Grola 2010 were been adorned with a special label, created by Milo Manara, one of Italy’s best-loved Comic-Strip artists, which evokes the local legends from which it takes its name.
In local legends, a peasant farmer who, hitherto had not had any luck with grapes on his very unproductive vineyard on La Grola hill in the Valpolicella region, nursed a wounded crow and was miraculously rewarded for his kindness with round, juicy and very dark grapes.
Milo Manara’s playful rendition of the story is in the trademark style of his most popular art pieces, which feature attractive women with voluptuous pouts and gorgeous figures. With this is mind, the partnership between Allegrini and Manara could not be more appropriate – with Allegrini wines known for being delectably indulgent, full-bodied and beautiful to drink.
In addition to the specially labelled bottles, Allegrini celebrated La Grola’s 30 year anniversary with a tasting event at Michelin star restaurant The River Café, situated on the banks of the River Thames, London, on 9 May 2013, which was followed by an exclusive lunch which was paired with Allegrini’s Poggio al Tesoro and San Polo.
Most recently, on 14 May 2013, Allegrini celebrated a Silver medal award at The International Wine Challenge 2013, for the Sondraia 2009 of their company Poggio al Treasury of Bolgheri.
To read more about Allegrini Estate and to find out where you can purchase their wines, visit the Allegrini website, here.