Portrait of a Winemaker

Experience and Passion

A man’s experience, passion and vision can break down deep-rooted prejudices: that’s how Mattia Vezzola revisited Lake Garda’s noblest, most emblematic wine, Valtènesi Rosé, rendering it unique and contemporary. 


Research and know-how have turned him into a gold standard for winemakers worldwide, awarded countless accolades and recognitions.

  • In 1973, he produced the first ever Metodo Classico sparkling wine from Lake Garda.
  • In 1984, he revisited the Groppello variety, endowing it with the dignity and gravitas great varieties deserve in a wine he called “Maim” (an acronym from the initials of his name and his brother’s).
  • In 1998, in homage to the creative intuition of Pompeo Gherardo Molmenti, who ‘invented’ Chiaretto in 1896, he crafted a wine bearing the senator’s name and continuing the historic legacy of Garda’s noble winemaking terroir.
  • In 2004, the Italian Sommelier Association awarded him their top recognition as “Best Winemaker of the Year”.
  • In 2008, the Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines also crowned him “Best Winemaker of the Year”.
  • In 2014, the Italian Sommelier Foundation named him “Best Italian Winemaker of the Year 2015”.
  • In 2015, the Deutschland Sommelier Association named him “Best Winemaker” at the Prowein fair in Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • In 2015, the three primary ‘wine guilds’ of Lake Garda awarded him the Palladio Gardesano prize for his influential work in favor of his native Valtènesi.

In 2016, the VITAE guidebook dedicated a special mention to his wines with the following motivation:
“Wines that made a decisive impact on production in their territory, that represent the benchmark and unquestioned quality standard in their area, or that rescued forgotten varieties from oblivion and brought them back into the limelight.”