Valpolicella wine

Valpolicella lies in the western part of Veneto, near Lake Garda. It’s famous for Valpolicella and Valpolicella Superiore DOC wines. The most important wine of the area is Amarone della Valpolicella.

Amarone means “great bitter one”, and it is one of the best wines of Italy. It is made in a special winemaking style called appasimento. Grapes are harvested early, when they are still full of zingy acidity, and dried in indoors in fruttaio drying lofts. As the grapes slowly turn into raisins, water evaporates and aromas get richer. The dried grapes are fermented to produce the wonderful Amarone. After that, their skins are added to tanks with Valpolicella to produce another fabulous wine – Valpolicella Ripasso (from “re-pass”, or second fermentation).

Valpolicella and Amarone wines are made from the local grape Corvina, which is blended with Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara.

What does it taste like? Valpolicella bursts with fresh tastes of strawberry, cranberry and raspberry. In Amarone, the red fruit flavour is amplified with notes of raisins, leather and chocolate.

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