Romano Dal Forno was born in 1957 in the village of Capovilla, which is situated a few kilometres from Illasi, it is in this environment, where wine is not just a product but more a philosophy of life, that the Dal Forno family have nurtured their vineyards for almost four generations.
“Whoever is born in the countryside remains umbilically attached to it forever.”
At 22 years of age, together with his new wife Loretta, Romano met Giuseppe Quintarelli who was to prove to be his guiding light: Giuseppe opened Romano’s eyes to a new way of producing wine and of planting vines, which made him concentrate on the importance of quality over quantity.
In the beginning he experienced many difficulties but, thanks to the precious contributions of his sons Marco, Luca and Michele, Romano Dal Forno, in a relatively short space of time, was able to see his company rise to a high level within the world of wine.
“A sincere oath was taken embracing the philosophy of ensuring that every minute detail is taken care of.”
It takes many years and lots of patience to accrue, process and summarise the deep knowledge of production procedures, of the instruments and of drying techniques which today we can safely say that we have acquired, and which we will continue to refine.
The 1983 grape harvest produced the first great results for the company: from this year onwards 22 vintages of Amarone della Valpolicella have been produced and 25 Valpolicella Superiore DOC.
An almost obsessive attention has always been paid to Recioto: the noble “Padre dell’Amarone” (The Father of Amarone).
It can probably be said that up until now the finesse of our marketing and communication strategy has perhaps suffered – partly due to our passion for our family and product – as our desire for excellence has taken priority over that of growth.
The belief shown in these values and the high consideration given to the essentiality of living everyday in the countryside, has allowed us, and continues everyday to allow us, to best express our talent in our work.
We are enormously proud of the recognition received from consumers all over the world , however we believe that pride must never take priority over seeking to improve our product where viable.