Allegrini's wine-making history stretches back to the 16th century. In the mid-20th century, Giovanni Allegrini modernized the operation, sought out national and international markets for his wine, and before he died, in 1983, purchased the La Grola vineyard, now the jewel in the Allegrini crown. Today, Giovanni's children, Franco and Marilisa, manage Allegrini's diverse portfolio.
The estate's vines cover 70 hectares in Verona, specifically Valpolicella. La Poja, the best parcel from the prestigious La Grola vineyard produces Allegrini's top wine, a deep red made entirely from Corvina. The lighter Palazzo della Torre bottling (local grapes plus Sangiovese) employs a variation on the classic ripasso technique: rather than a second fermentation on the skins that are leftover from making Amarone, a small portion of grapes (about 30%) are dried and vinified separately, then added to the rest of the wine, vinified in the conventional fashion. Other notables include the classic Valpolicella and the wildly consistent Amarone. Neither are to be missed.