Among Valpolicella’s valleys, Marano is perhaps the one that has maintained the most authentic agricultural profile, with vines that climb along the slopes as the road leaves Valgatara and heads towards Lessinia. Here Alessandro and Nicola Castellani lead one of the appellation’s most interesting producers, drawing on 30 hectares of vineyards that unfold entirely in the district. Theirs are wines marked by the elegance and tension that only traditional grapes can provide. The Amarone Ravazzol ’16 literally left us speechless. A wine that still appears veiled on the nose, in search of full harmony, transforms on the palate, where fullness, compactness, traction and tension make for an unstoppable, thrilling gustatory progression. The Amarone 16 follows a similar stylistic track, though it’s more supple and dynamic. The Decennale ’10, a Valpolicella at the peak of its maturity and expressive power, is also excellent.