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 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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  • Michele Castellani

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

  • 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 ...

  • Allegrini

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

  • Campagnola

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

  • Viviani Vineyards

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Tezza Valpolicella Superiore Brolo del Giare 2007

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    Still young and vibrant Italian corvina blend. Lots of dark fruit - black cherry wrapped in dark chocolate. Slightly edgy tannin with a decent acidic backbone. Give this puppy some air time and serve with food, went well with vegetable lasagna and garlic bread. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Bertani Secco Valpolicella Valpantena Ripasso 2011

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    Floral and mineral on the nose with strong aromas of limestone and mineral water, over underlying spice with hints of violets and some dried cherry fruit. Fresher and lighter on entry than one might expect but this quickly gains focus in the mouth with good acids and austere little tannins adding dryness and depth to the palate. The flavors are ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bertani Valpolicella 2012

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    Slate, iron, floral notes of African violet with those herbal base notes and dried herbs all billow from the glass helping to frame the core of crushed berry fruit here. This also has a slightly astringent edge to it with a hint of mint and white soil tones on the nose. Bright, fresh and transparent in the mouth with attractive clarity and miner... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Superiore la Fabriseria 2010

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    Stemmy and spicy on the high toned and complex nose that shows some light ... ... Thick and a bit powerful for Valpolicella, this is built on a hard tannic base, and they are chewy tannins, though paired with fine acids that are covered by the rich fruit. With noticeable stemmy flavors on the palate one finds lots of briar and stem framing th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Maternigo Valpolicella Superiore 2011

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    Chalky and tight on the nose with reticent notes of dried herbs and emerging ... soil tones. This is a big Valpolicella, a little chewy, packed with fruit that retains a nice edge of bitterness that recalls apple,seeds. Air brings out the violets on the nose, while bright acids add lift to the juicy blueberry, red currant, and strawberry frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Capitel San Rocco 2011

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    Peppery on the nose with precise aromas of black pepper corn, dark fruit, and briar wood, that picks up a little pollen floral tone and some gentle baking spice with air. This is a lovely small wine with a slightly creamy texture that remains quite aromatic in the mouth with a floral extract quality over red fruit flavors. Bright acids and livel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Superiore Capitel Nicalo 2011

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    Smoky on the nose with hints of smoldering herbs framing aromas of dark fruit, lots of flinty mineral notes, rosehips, dried fruit and green peppercorn spice. Almost sweet on entry, with a fine base of tannins, this reveals rose petal and slightly plummy fruit on the palate with lots of spice and leafy accents. Smooth and rich with a nice licori... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Valpolicella Classico Lucchine. Fratelli Tedeschi 2012

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    Gorgeously floral on the nose, with a lovely core of crushed blueberry, and wild berry almost black currant aromas. On the palate one finds big acid driven red fruit flavors supported by some nice fine tannins and a bit of minerality all leading to a nice cherry skin finish. Juicy, firm and brightly vivid in the mouth this is all about fresh an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Superiore Marta Galli 2009

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    Smoky steminess on the nose lends this a Cabernet Franc like perfume laden with ... ... of what I expect from Valpolicella. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Superiore le Sassine 2009

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    Spicy on the nose, which is a little leafy, with curranty fruit and some paprika accents. Big and rich with wild raspberry and cherry fruit carrying faint shadings of chocolate on the palate. This is, bitterish, deep but transparent on the palate with fresh tannins, lively acids, fine minerality on the backend good length to the dark cherry rhub... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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