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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  • Corvina

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

  • Prosecco

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Valpolicella View all

  • Cantina Giacomo Montresor

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

  • 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...

  • Cantina di Soave

    Today, Cantina di Soave still maintains the same basic co-operative philosophy, that of covering ...

  • Viviani Vineyards

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

  • Trabucchi

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Corte Armani Valpolecella Classico Superior Ripasso 2010

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    88-89 points and very well done. This is not a "baby Amarone" for nothing. Good fruit raspbrerry, dark cherry with a touch of blackberry thrown in for good measure. Enough spice and pepper to give a little added snap to the acidity. The tannins are amazingly light yet aggressive enough to give a little chew to the wine. Very enjoyable drinker an... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Recioto Della Valpolicella Vino Spumante Dolce Azienda Agricola Ca' del Monte 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ah, research never tasted as good when we were working.  Now it's more ... prize bottle, a 2011 Zenato Valpolicella Ripassa Superiore - which I opened tonight after we returned hom Read More

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  • "and put a big smile on one of our dinner companions"I hope it was someone who mattered! Read More

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  • It is kind of funny how a good bottle of wine can make someone so happy, especially women in some cases who tend to wait for bottles to "appear". On my vacation recently, there was a Bolgnese dinner no one was really excited about, so I decided to open a nice 2011 Clerico Barbera. Originally had it earmarked for a wine tasting for later on, but ... Read More

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  •  Never did and never will! Read More

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  • Al, the original poster didn't bring this to life.  It was a new person saying that Amarone is a peace-broker of sorts in his marriage.  :)OP never did come back.  I opened my last 2004 Amarone last month.  Paradise.  Read More

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  • I think we all agree the bottle should be enjoyed sooner rather than laying it down for another year.  Please open it soon and let us know what you think.  Decant as is recommended above - one hour should do it.  If you don't own a decanter, now is the time to invest in one. Read More

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  • Every time I am in trouble with my wife, I redeem myself with an Amaronee....yes, decant and it is wonderful with a good cut of meat Read More

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  • 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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  • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2009

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    A perfect Valpolicella. Nice acidity with fairly light tannins. Went well with our pasta and meatballs and sausage. My home made pasta sauce was perfect for this wine. This wine can probably last for several more years. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • 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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