Balerìn, an Empson Family brand, specializes in organically made, vegan-friendly wines that reflect the stunning northeastern region of Veneto, Italy, or more specifically, Valplicella. They use traditional local techniques to meticulously handcraft each of their wines, such as drying red grapes for Amarone and “repassing” the wine over Amarone pomace to make Ripasso.
Point of Differentiation
- The winery uses certified sustainable viticultural techniques
- All the wines are vegan-friendly
The Empson family began this Veneto adventure with the historic Vaona family, who have been making wine for three generations in the Valpolicella area with a strong sense of responsibility to the environment and land and total dedication to quality organic wines that reflect the terroir and the traditions of the historic wine zone.
Balerìn means “ballerino” (dancer) in the local dialect, which celebrates the way the wind rustles the leaves of the vine and tall grass in spring. It is a reminder of how vineyards are a living entity, whose grapes are cultivated by the warm sun and the hard work and dedication of the vintners.
Marano di Valpolicella is located in the upper Valpolicella Classica area, which is considered the best areas for viticulture in the region. The vineyards are 820-1,312 feet (250-400 meters) above sea level and enjoy south/southeastern exposure. Native grapes, such as Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and other assorted native varieties grow in calcareous marl, clay, and limestone soils, which are not very fertile. The climate is mostly mild, with excellent day/night temperature swings that lead to even ripening and a gorgeous aromatic profile. Ideal for Valpolicella, Ripasso and Amarone, the wines from here are generally rich, full-bodied, saline and long-lasting on the palate.
- Winery Fast Facts
- Vineyard surface: 17 acres (7 hectares)
- Owner: The Empson Family
- Winemaker: The Vaona and Empson families
- Established: 2018
- Location: Marano in Valpolicella
- Province: Verona