2016 Vignalta Rosso Gemola Colli Euganei DOC

  • 95 Point Vintage ~Vinous Media
  • "Always a Pleasure to Taste Through the Vignalta Portfolio" ~Vinous
  • "This Is a Model of Elegance. Captivates the Senses" ~94 Vinous
  • Unique Volcanic Terroir That Produces Exceptional Grapes
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About the Wine

Founded by Lucio Gomiero in 1980, Vignalta has become a beacon of excellence in the Euganean Hills. Their dedication and passion for the region have earned them numerous accolades in Italy and abroad. This winery has become a Vinous Media darling, who said:

“It’s always a pleasure to taste through the Vignalta portfolio. It provides a unique selection of Bordeaux varieties from the volcanic soils of the Colli Euganei DOC in the Veneto. Ultimately, these are fantastic values considering the quality in the bottle and their ability to improve over time.”

Nestled in the heart of the Euganean Hills ("Colli Euganei"), Vignalta's vineyards thrive on mineral-rich volcanic soil and benefit from a mild climate with significant day-to-night temperature variations. This combination yields grapes of unparalleled quality, setting the stage for an extraordinary sparkling wine experience.

Since its inception, Vignalta has been a pioneer in the pursuit of quality winemaking. Their vines are strategically planted on the slopes of the highest Euganean hills, showcasing a dedication to preserving viticultural heritage while embracing modern winemaking techniques.

Vignalta is committed to environmental sustainability. As one of the first wineries in Italy to install a photovoltaic system, they lead the way in eco-conscious practices. This meticulous approach results in well-balanced grapes, vinified with minimalist enological techniques.

At Vignalta, they understand that great wine begins with excellent fruit in the vineyard. They meticulously explore different areas to cultivate various grape varieties, allowing their wines to express the diverse facets of the various cultivation zones. This ongoing research, blending empirical methods with scientific analysis, has led to the identification of various "crus." Two standout examples are the volcanic-soiled Mount Gemola vineyards and the sedimentary limestone flakes of Arquà Petrarca, yielding the "Gemola" and "Arquà" wines, each showcasing the influence of its unique terroir.

2016 was a great year for Veneto. Vinous Media awarded this vintage with 95 point review, and said: "The 2016s come across as some of the most classic wines to emerge from the Veneto in some time. They are sleek and cool-toned, packed full of depth and character, but also structured. The 2016s are balanced, elegant, fresh and with the structure for many years of cellaring, and with time, they will be recognized as modern-day classics."

Aging: 36 months in new French oak tonneaux

Tasting Notes: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. 
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.


A dusting of cocoa gives way to crushed ashen stone, grilled sage, cedar spice box and rum-soaked black cherries as the 2016 Rosso Gemola captivates the senses. This is a model of elegance, velvety smooth with depths of dark red fruit, coming across as exotic yet refined, as saturation of minerals adds contrast toward the close. The 2016 finishes long with a coating of fine tannins that tug at the palate as balsamic tones mix with wild sour citrus and inner rose. Bury these bottles deep in the cellar. The Rosso Gemola is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc raised in the volcanic soils of Colli Euganei and refines for 36 months in new French oak tonneaux. ~94 Vinous Media

Clear, deep dark garnet red with black-red reflections. On the nose there are fine spicy notes, lots of black pepper, sloes and some lacquer, as well as dark leather and meat. Shows dense structure in the drink, interwoven, tightly meshed, presses the palate again in the back part and resonates extensively. ~93 Falstaff

Stewed plums on the nose with black olive and cinnamon. Rich, ripe tannins with balancing acidity. ~90 Decanter

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