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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Valpolicella View all

  • Corte Lenguin

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

  • Viviani Vineyards

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

  • Michele Castellani

    With our work in the vineyards and our love for the grapes, we as a family are carrying on a wine...

  • Campagnola

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

  • Allegrini

    The Allegrini Farm is located in Fumane di Valpolicella. For generations, the Allegrini family...

  • Cantina Giacomo Montresor

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Le Salette Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico la Marega 2001

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    I stumbled upon a bottle of this in my aunt's cellar. Dried figs, plums and straw on the nose that extend onto the palate. Finish not layered or complex but has some depth and bravado. Read More

    Wine review by Dafoxman


  • Santi Valpolicella Classico Solane 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by dac4732


  • Cesari Jema 2009

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    Full bodied, silky, toasted vanilla-y oak, bright red fruits cherry jam and pomegranate.... magnificent 91 pts. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Bertani Recioto Della Valpolicella 2008

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    Really interesting Italian dessert wine. Big hit of raspberry jam on the nose and the palate along with ripe black cherry. Not overly sweet for a sweet wine but a decent amount or residual sugar to support the acidity. There's a touch of smokey chocolate on the backend that goes nicely with the medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Amarone, Ripasso, Valpolicella Classico, Prosecco! Can someone maroon me on a desert island with lots of cases of these and some Italian cheeses?Welcome. We were in Italy last summer, based in Sorento and Manciano down in Maremma. Everyone should be Italian!!!!! Read More

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  • Hi Darren,thanks for your support!Let me confirm you that Valpolicella   is a jewel for wine lovers! If you haven't tried yet CORVINA grape, taste it: during last years winemakers in Valpolicella are valueting it in single-variety vinification with excellent results!! e.g.     ALLEGRINI   "La Poja 2009"   Read More

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  • Hi Holly,Welcome!  I'm jealous of you.  Veneto is home to one of ... of ... wines (Amarone della Valpolicella).I cannot help you with white wine, but many people here would love to help you!DarrenPS Your English is fin Read More

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  • Famiglia Pasqua Amarone 2010

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    Ruby red with a tinge of brick in the glass. Dark fruits on the nose that change to red and raisins when drank and some earthiness that reminds me of sweet edler berry wine. Acidity is light and the tannins are smooth with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Zenato Amarone Classico 2009

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    Amarone Zenato 2009. Beautiful Bottle.Non complicated wine- straight forward Amarone.Medium BodyFull Front Fruit (Juicy)Long,long Dry leathery finish. Classic Amarone.Easily followed by Ca' Marcanda Gaja Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Promis (2010): Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Bixio Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by wojtekidd


  • 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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