Valpolicella Wine

Valpolicella is a DOC named for the valley in the Veneto region of Italy, meaning “valley of many cellars.” The blend of grapes that comprise Valpolicella (and its prized dried grape form, Amarone) are Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella, sometimes with some small percentage of Barbera, Negrara Trentina, Rossignola and/or Sangiovese. The wine is most often described as having a fragrant, cherry aroma that can sometimes have deeper flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and olives. 

 
This blend of wine has been produced in some form in the region since Roman times and continued into the era of the Visigoth invaders. There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus, describing a sweet wine made from half dried grapes in Verona that is mostly likely an early version of Amarone or Recioto. “Straw wine,” the process used to make these wines by drying grapes on straw mats before pressing, is a style of wine-making that was passed Read more »

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  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Corvina

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Cantina Giacomo Montresor

    The Montresor family has its roots in France. The count Claude de Montresor had a prominent impor...

  • Viviani Vineyards

    Established in 1980, Viviani, Inc., Wine Country Specialists, is the industry leader, serving dis...

  • Corte Lenguin

    Check out the website of this wonderful small producer in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico ...

  • stefano accordini

    This estate winery has deep country roots: their founders have been share-croppers, then landowne...

  • Trabucchi

    Trabucchi d'Illasi is an organic winery from the Veneto, Italy. The winery produces word-class ...

  • Campagnola

    Since 1907 the Campagnola Winery, in the heart of historical Valpolicella area, researches and pi...

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  • IVESREEVES i always have found the Valpolicella region very interesting.  Its remarkable how the wine makers use very diferent methods to make wine from the same grape .How that ripasso was diferent from a basic valpolicella? Read More

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  • Sopra Sasso Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011

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  • RC, you were not kidding then about collecting the 2014 vintage Bordeaux wine. ... Pinot Noir.  This 2016 Valpolicella was about $32, and it tasted fine.  We like dining here.On a sad note, we had to put down one of our three inside cats on this day.  Ella has been fighting some internal issues for several years, and she was on steroids and in... Read More

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  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Lucchine 2015

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Hello BEAWINEBOSS Welcome to the club :-)The only "sweet" red wines I ... wines I ... Recioto Della Valpolicella(fortified) Port, Banyluls, Maury, Tawny Port, Vin Santo RossoI'm sure there are more, I haven't delved into red sweet wines as of yet. If you know of anymore pass along your knowledge. Cheers Cora : Read More

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  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Lucchine 2015

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella 2012

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    Wine review by ericvardon


  • Tommasi Valpolicella Ripasso 2013

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    Herbal strawberry and basil aromas with tomato leaf notes of dusty earth, floral spice and black pepper. On the palate the fruit is more expressive, cherry and cranberry fruit coming through though still herbal, this shows a bit of clay and more drying earth towards the finish before rounding off some of the dark berry fruit with oak spice and a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • the more robust the better, up to $150ishAmerican? Get a 1/2 bottle of some ... ... Get some Amarone della Valpolicella. Quintarelli will set you back about $800 and Dal Forno about half that, so instead go for I Campi Campo Marna, Ferragu, or Monte Cillario.  Or find some 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. Or from Spain, El Nido or Clio.But you can b... Read More

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  • Famiglia Pasqua Amarone 2013

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    well established and balanced nose of black fruits, spices and chocolates, which is similarly experienced on the palate. large, yet elegant! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • i was cleaning my wine cabinet and tucked in the corner was a bottle of 1975 vintage Bacco Valpolicella. It appears it wasbottled in the Verona Italy area. Has anyone ever heard of the winery?

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  • Recently started drinking them, including the ripasso and amarone production variants, and love them. I have a west coast palate. Trader Joe's in Oakland carries one offering of each of the three, at low price points, and they are good. steve

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