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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Varietals Produced in Valpolicella View all

  • Corvina

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

  • 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

  • Trabucchi

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

  • Michele Castellani

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

  • Cantina di Soave

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

  • 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...

  • 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 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


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Ripasso 2008

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    Dark cherry fruit greets the nose along with layers of spicy, earthy, slightly oaky, and decidedly medicinal herbal aromas that have a slight beet root edge to them. Bright acids on entry promise a fresh wie though this immediately reveals a bit of a meaty palate rich with dark cherry fruit, rose petals, and then masses of minerally, roasted me... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Italy 2012

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    A bit oily, with dark stemmy aromas on the nose and lots of dried floral and almost autumnal spice notes. Almost sweet on entry, then broad in the mouth with assertive saline minerality to the clear and bright palate which gains firmness from a base of fine grained tannins. Elegant in the mouth, this has some weight up front but finishes with a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Valpollicella Ripasso 2011

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    Lots of dark dried fruit greets the nose along with a little pencil lead. This is supple in the mouth, rich and soft with lots of creamy edges to the dark cherry fruit. Wood tannins add some spiciness to the palate, and this is very fresh with acid and stony/mineral notes on the finish. Moderately rich and deceptively so with lovely freshness of... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2012

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    Gorgeous on the nose, all crushed fruit and flowers, and some low minty wild ... through the palate. This is Valpolicella Classico 90p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2011

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    Pepper, leather, dried blue flowers, and a hint of grilled meats frame subtle fruit on the nose. With a hint of sweetness on entry, this turns immediately round and generous in the mouth. Silky, though with some weight to the polished black cherry fruit on the palate that shows flashes of mint and spice leading to a lightly spiced, baked cherry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Viticoltori Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rafael 2011

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    Spicy on the nose, and redolent of small wild flowers wrapped around blue and black fruits. Supple and broad on the palate, this really reaches from side to side of the mouth with attractively aromatic blue floral inner mouth perfumes, a hint of something candied and minty and then a core of slightly wild plummy, extract of wild cherry fruit. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Masi Valpolicella Bonacosta 2012

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    Slightly carbonic nose, shows mineral, and fruity aromas with with peppery accents. Opening with fine young tannins, this is bright and zesty but rather savory and more herbal than fruity on the palate. Clean and fresh on the finish, a bit raw on the nose, and decidedly chalky and slightly astringent. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bussola Valpolicella Classico Superiore Tb 2008

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    Incense, mineral, black fruit skin, greet the nose, full, deep and precise, ... finish. Moderately big for a Valpolicella but with such great clarity in the mouth. 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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