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...

  • 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...

  • Corvina

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

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  • Corte Lenguin

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

  • 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...

  • Allegrini

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

  • Cantina di Soave

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

  • Michele Castellani

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2010


    Smoky, a bit of awkward oak, needs to integrate on the intense licorice, smoked meat, and black fruit scented nose. Juicy, big and mouth filling, if a bit edgy on the palate. This has a nice mineral base lurking under masses of dark fruit, jammy blackberry fruit on entry, then a bit denser. This has a nice modest structure and holds its alcohol... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I really hate to differ with JD, but that Caymus might not be the sipper ... ... wineries. (aka Amarone della Valpolicell Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... ... Forno, Romano 1995 Valpolicella Superiore   |  11 in stock  |  $89.99 Damoy 1998 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru  |  6 in stock  |  $89.99 Damoy 1998 Chambertin Grand Cru   |  6 in stock  |  $89.99 d'Arenberg 1999 McClaren Vale Grenach the Custodian  |  5... Read More

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  • There isn't a Valpolicella grape.  It is made from a blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes.Amarone is expensive because they don't get as much juice form the partly dried grapes as in a usual pressing of fresh fruit.  That and it isn't released for at least three years from harvest.2004 was a very good year for Amarone and this bottle... Read More

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  • I may be a little late to this conversation, but if you haven't opened it yet, then find a great occasion with friends and enjoy. Personally I would decant the bottle and let it breath a little, and serve with some good Texas Bar-B-Que. This is no ordinary wine, this is an "extra-ordinary" wine.  Enoy. Read More

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  • To add to GDP, Valpolicella is not placed in oak barrels from what I have read.  Either way all three Valpolicella's are excellent.  Classico, Ripsso Superiore, or the King "Amarone is a fantiasitc addition to anyone's collection.  Read More

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  • There are probably too many Barbera's in Amador, but the weather and ... ... find Venturini's Valpolicella?  I saw one in Oakland, but they only wholesale in large quantities.  I would like a case of the Valpolicella Classico, (not Ripasso, but still excellent)&nbs Read More

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  • Found Snooth by accident.  My wife and I are from Northern California, ... ... if anyone has found a Valpolicella "type" wine, Ripasso, or otherwise Italian style wine made here in Nor Cal.  I bumped into a winemaker in Auburn a couple of years ago who made a Ripasso wine (it was awesome); but he makes it no more.  Amador, Placer, Nevada, or ... Read More

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  • Umberto Cesari Valpolicella Ripasso Mara 2011


    Fragrant wine . Bitter at the beginning but then mellows with hints of plum and boysenberry . Very complex with deep flavors. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co

  • Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Costasera 2006


    Nice and tart with slight road tar overtones Read More

    Wine review by danmang

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