The Italian wine journalist and wine critic
Luigi Veronelli (1926-2004) was born in Milan. After studying humanistics and philosophy, he became a publisher and, with great success, published not only philosophical and political papers in the 1950s, but also the culinary magazine “Gastronomo” from 1956. He subsequently wrote for many newspapers and magazines, wrote numerous books about wine and worked for the Italian TV station RAI. Veronelli was a clear supporter of the French appeals system and was committed to its implementation in his home country. For a long time he was critical of the DOC system because, in his opinion, it had too little consequent effect on the quality. This temporarily led to the exclusion from Italian television. Animated by a trip to California in the early 1980s, he propagated the Barrique
, which ultimately contributed to a boom in the process, which had hitherto been almost unknown in his home country.
Through his publications, he has contributed a great deal to the quality improvement in Italian viticulture. in the wine guide
“Veronelli-Guide” (Veronelli - wines from Italy), which continues to appear even after Veronelli's death, is the annual result of strict criteria wine reviews
of over 6,000 wines presented by 1,500 producers. The rating system awards up to three stars for excellent, very good and good wines. A sun stands for outstanding quality in a wine that has had good ratings in the guide for at least three years and at least 91 points in the tasting 100-point system
has reached. All wines are classified in price ranges, as well as labeled according to type of aging and maturation. There is also information on cultivation, hectare yields and grape varieties as well as the location of the wineries. Another very well known Italian wine guide is Gambero Rosso