Price: £95 per ticket
Time: 3 PM - 4:15 PM 
Host: Andrea Lonardi MW
Co-Host: Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW, DWWA Regional Chair for Tuscany

The elegance of Bertani: From ‘cru’ Valpolicella to legendary Amarone

Bertani, founded in 1857, is a symbol of pioneering excellence in Italy’s Valpolicella region, from its ‘cru’ bottlings of Valpolicella Classico Superiore in the Negrar valley, to some of the first Amarone wines. 

Bertani houses one of the most extensive libraries of Amarone della Valpolicella Classico wines in the region. Spending at least six years in Slavonian oak barrels (and sometimes 30 years or more), they are recognised for their ageability and quality.

Join us for a rare chance to explore the estate’s elegant, terroir-driven wines in-depth with two leading experts: Bertani’s chief of winemaking and Italy’s newest Master of Wine, Andrea Lonardi MW, and co-host Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW, Italian wine specialist and a Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Chair. 

Bertani’s ‘cru’ concept will be a focus of this special masterclass, including ‘Ognisanti di Novare’, a Valpolicella Classico Superiore from the 2.92-hectare Ognisanti vineyard.

Two delicious, distinctive Ripasso styles will be among the wines poured, culminating in three vintages of Bertani’s long-aged Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, renowned for its combination of finesse, complexity and energy.


  • Bertani, Ognisanti di Novare, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy 2020
  • Bertani, Valpolicella, Valpantena, Veneto, Italy 2022
  • Bertani, Valpolicella Ripasso, Valpantena, Veneto, Italy 2020
  • Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpantena, Veneto, Italy 2020
  • Bertani, Catullo, Valpolicella Ripasso, Classico Superiore, Veneto, Italy 2019
  • Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy 2005
  • Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy 2008
  • Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy 2013


Valpolicella-born Andrea Lonardi MW has a degree in Agricultural studies from Bologna University and a Masters in Management Control from the Grande Ecole in Montpellier. After internships in Languedoc and Sonoma, Lonardi joined the top wine division of an important Italian group, handling marketing and sales, plus developing projects for vineyard renewal. In 2012, he became chief of winemaking and chief operating officer of Bertani Domains, today part of Angelini Wines & Estates. His role has included promotion of Bertani’s historical library of Amarone della Valpolicella Classico wines (‘The Library’), the Valpolicella Crus (I Cru di Bertani) and development of the Novare Estate.


Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW is a dual Italian/Canadian citizen who left corporate life in Toronto and moved to London to pursue her passion for wine. Today she is a highly respected and sought-after wine lecturer, having taught wine industry professionals since 2004 at WSET in London where she is a consultant tutor, specialising in Italy, France and the New World. She has authored articles on wines, wine regions and wine-related events in trade publications and WSET journals.

Utilising her specialist knowledge of wine regions, Cherutti-Kowal is a consultant to restaurants and wineries, and also acts as an ambassador for trade bodies.