“We bought the last of the 2015 Antica Cantina 1818 Valpolicella Classico at an incredible price and are passing the savings on to our clientele! This is an elegant, fresh, medium-bodied wine with lush blackberry, bright red cherry and crisp acidity - essentially, the perfect summer red to enjoy at a backyard BBQ. Our new price is 40% off (we WERE selling this for $14.99) - now it's under $9 a bottle. This is definitely a wine to buy by the case and enjoy all summer long! You will ONLY find this wine at The Wine House - we bought it all!” -Jim Knight, The Wine House
2015 Antica Cantina 1818 Valpolicella Classico
Wine House: $14.99
NOW ONLY: $8.99


Vittorio Amá is a native of Fumane, one of the five villages that constitutes the Classico zone of Valpolicella. A lifelong farmer and protector of 1930s Corvina and Rodinella, he never intended to make his own wine. In 2012 we met Vittorio Amá by way of our relationships in Piedmont. We have always been a fan of Valpolicella and cut our teeth with the greats. When we think of "small grower-producer" Valpolicella is rarely the first place that comes to mind, a region dominated by big brands, big production, and a big misunderstanding. Vittorio has farmed his Corvina, Rodinella, and less than an acre of Negrara for 40 years. The vines, never exposed to a man-made chemical, are a farmer's market bliss. With the assistance of cellar maestro Walter Porasso (formerly of Bovio, now with Renzo Seghesio), we collaborated with Vittorio to create Antica Cantina 1818. Every year, we decide which styles of Valpolicella performed the best in their vintage. Whether it's the slick and tangy Classico, the embossed wallpaper of a Ripasso, or the rivetingly textural Amarone, you can have your Valpolicella, however you like it.

Valpolicella Classico 2015

From two parcels of pergola trained vines of Corvina and Negrara in San Pietro in Cariano, Vittorio uses whole cluster fermentation to bring a freshness to the wine in a highly ripe vintage. The choice of using steel versus oak enforces that logic. The finished wine of 90% Corvina and 10% Negrara (bottled in July of 2016) is thirst quenching like a Gamay from Fleurie or a Barbera from Monferrato. Red and black fruits are uniformly ripe and shiny (not a mish-mash of overripe and green) with tannin melting over a silky surface.


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