“Ripasso” method is a unique technique that “re-passes” the Valpolicella wine onto the dried grape skins of Amarone, still warm and rich in sugar after fermentation. The Valpolicella wine remains in contact with the pomace of Amarone for 10/12 days; during this period, a second alcoholic fermentation occurs. The Ripasso method gives the Valpolicella wine more structure and softer acidity, it is more rounded, complex and suitable for aging in barrels for 18 months.

The Origins of the Ripasso Method

The heritage of peasant wisdom was reevaluated to make a wine perfect for today.

Ripasso is a wine that was created from the ingenuity of peasant farmers seeking to get the most out of every product and ingredient they produced. These sharecroppers produced the sweet Recioto wine for the landowners, but they were allowed to keep the pomace after the grapes finished fermentation.

Their watery family wines underwent a second fermentation by repassing their watery family wines on the sugar rich Recioto pomace. This was their way of making their table wines more robust and caloric, an important energetic element in their daily diets.

The Origins of the Ripasso Method

The heritage of peasant wisdom was reevaluated to make a wine perfect for today.

Ripasso is a wine that was created from the ingenuity of peasant farmers seeking to get the most out of every product and ingredient they produced. These sharecroppers produced the sweet Recioto wine for the landowners, but they were allowed to keep the pomace after the grapes finished fermentation.

Their watery family wines underwent a second fermentation by repassing their watery family wines on the sugar rich Recioto pomace. This was their way of making their table wines more robust and caloric, an important energetic element in their daily diets.

The Valpolicella Ripasso became a wine officially recognized as a DOC. The Ripasso method has been passed down through several generations in Valpolicella. Tommasi is one of the main heirs and a proud international ambassador.

Tommasi Ripasso is a wine that carries a long tradition, yet has a surprisingly modern soul: it is a perfect balance between Valpolicella Classico and Amarone. The bond between these two wines is more than solid. Both use the best native grapes, Corvina, Corvinone e Rondinella, but the production of Valpolicella Ripasso is directly tied to that of Amarone. As such, both wines present a luminous and intense dark ruby color. Both are intensely fruity, with soft silky tanning and a long, satisfying finish.