Legendary Italian winemaker Giuseppe Quintarelli has died at the age of 84. The news was announced by Franco Ziliani (source is in Italian), who described Quintarelli as the ‘true soul’ of the Amarone della Valpolicella.
Quintarelli has long been considered one of the leading Italian winemakers of the past century. His estate, which dates back almost a century, was known for his traditional ageing of wine in Slovakian oak containers, although he was also willing to innovate and experimented with several new wines.
His death comes just weeks after the death of Giulio Gambelli, another leading Italian winemaker, marking a sad start to the year for the Italian winemaking business. Both Quintarelli and Gambelli were known for their unique approaches to the production of high quality wine.