In a nutshell: Bright, light, unoaked and very drinkable ruby red Valpolicella from an enthusiastic biodynamic producer.
The lowdown: Valpolicella comes from the Veneto region of Italy just north of Verona and this wine is from the Classico, zone where the best vineyards are situated. It's a blend of mainly Corvina with Rondinella and Corvinone plus a small amount of the more obscure Molinara and Oseleta grapes. This cuvee is fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel, no oak ageing takes place, which highlights the fresh minerality and juicy cherry and plum flavours. It's a passionately biodynamic estate and their wines are bottled unfiltered, unfined and with a real integrity.
When to drink: Brightly fresh and fruity it makes a good wine to drink by itself, but it also matches well with the likes of spicy sausages, game and white meats.
Located in Castellroto, in the hills outside of Verona, the vineyards of Monte dallOra are planted on a base of limestone soil and form a natural amphitheatre facing southeast towards the city.
The owners, Alessandra and Carlo Venturini are firm adherents to biodynamic principles. As such, they encourage the growth of biodiversity by planting herbs such as rosemary and lavender in the summer, whose fragrant blooms are attractive to bees; and sowing cereals in the winter, whose roots move and aerate the soil. In addition, they've emphasized traditional and native grape varieties wherever possible to give originality and typical wines.