Gianni Tessari

Born in Monforte d’Alpone in 1963, Gianni Tessari started working in the family vineyards at a very young age, going on to study oenology. With his brother he brought great success to the family winery, Cantine Tessari, including an astonishing 14 ‘Tre Bicchieri’ in the Gambero Rosso. In 2013, he left the family business to start on his own, and now has 55 hectares of vineyards from which he makes three Soaves, four red wines and two sparkling wines under the Durello label. As one would expect with his pedigree, the Soaves are impeccable, with the cru wines having immense power and minerality. Tai, a local red grape indigenous to Bereci, which has been found to be genetically identical to Garnacha, Grenache and Cannonau, has developed here in isolation and has a character of its own