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,...

  • Prosecco

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

Popular Wineries in Valpolicella View all

  • stefano accordini

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

  • 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...

  • 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 di Soave

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Villa Maffei Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2008

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    Excellent aromas of almond and cinnamon lead to a rich palate of cherry, spice and oak, with a velvety finish. I enjoyed this wine with sharp cheeses. What a fantastic taste on the palate. Decant this wine and it will mellow out. The wine tasters group loves this wine for its unique taste. Read More

    Wine review by jambro777


  • Welcome, Ronny.A lot of people might dispute your characteriterization of a ... would like to chat you up on Valpolicella--at least, certain wines from the region.Oh, and please be careful about using words like "best" around here.  You would not believe the dust-up we had here recently about "good.&quo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I'm posting from Canada. Actually its a small city (200 000) across the ... ... enjoy red wines such as Valpolicella, or even red blends such as Osooyoos Laros Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Monte Tondo Valpolicella San Pietro 2008

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    2013 vintage - smooth with light fruit flavors and spice notes. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Cesari Amarone Della Valpolicella 2009

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli Valpolicella in this offer from a famous merchant up in Berkeley!  ;-)  Quintarelli's 2005 Rosso del Bepi offering from the same shop needs more cellaring, but is within the budgetary parameters. I still think Valpolicella and Amarone offers perhaps too strong a like/disl... Read More

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  • Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Costasera 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Zenato Valpolicella Classico "Superior" 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Luciana Cordioli Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Le Ragose Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005

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    Wine review by smuratore


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