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,...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Valpolicella View all

  • Campagnola

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

  • Cantina Giacomo Montresor

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

  • Michele Castellani

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

  • Corte Lenguin

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

  • Cantina di Soave

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

  • stefano accordini

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Guerrieri Rizzardi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Calcarole 1990

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    there is a certain nectar sweetness, and hints of earl grey tea in this amarone. portish even. very unique taste. wonder if this is a characteristic of old amarone, where all the spices and tannins are stripped off, leaving the sweetness... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Folonari Valpolicella Premier 2011

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    light, yet very flavorful, with sweetness of cherries, and a bit of spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Tinazzi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007

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    nicely balanced, and fruity Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Speri Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Monte Sant'Urbano 2011

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    medium bodied, but extremely rich in blackcurrant and plums, yet with a slightly spicy kick. impressive! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014

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    nice flowery nose. plummy and jammy, and quite strong Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Speri Valpolicella Classico 2015

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    rounded palate with plums Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Those vintage 1970s Prince Spaghetti television ads ... Two glasses of this Valpolicella Classico were a fine companion to my plate of Spaghetti Bolognese, offering layers of dark cherry, a touch of fig and a compatible amount of acidity to match the rich, meaty red sauce. I only wish the rest of the bottle could hold until next Wednesday! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Luigi Righetti Amarone 2011

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • I sometimes prefer wines that are in the ballpark of being 'ok' to ... ... 2010 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico which I was aging in my small 8-bottle wine refrigerator for the past six months.  I liked it after it had some air, perhaps 20 minutes into the glass.  I was not super impressed however but then again, I don't think I pai... Read More

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  • Alpha Zeta Valpolicella 2015

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    Appearance is super light and transparently clear....cherry/raspberry juice looking. The aromas are fresh, lively and youthful....cranberry and tart cherry dominate...the flavors follow suit, being young, tart but fruity and juicy....the mouthfeel is juicy, light and drinkable. Not what I'm used to but I'm glad I tried this wine made from loca... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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