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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  • Corte Lenguin

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

  • 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 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...

  • 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

  • Bixio Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2005

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    Wine review by wojtekidd


  • Tommaso Bussola Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Vigneto Alto Tb 2007

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    Wine review by torbjorn222


  • Tommaso Bussola Recioto Della Valpolicella Tb 2006

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    Bottled in SeptemberAll from grapes dried until march march, fermented then then aged in 100% new barrique,Smoky with very forest floor driven aromas that are a meaty, though this isnt showing much today. Chewy and dense in the mouth this is indecipherable today. Its got a lot of extract; an extract monster in fact, fairly sweet. Frankly sweet a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bussola Recioto Della Valpolicella 2009

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    Fermented 80% in January, final 20% in March, remains in SS for one year.Super small black fruits in alcohol greets the nose with very spicy, almost cedary notes though this sees no wood. Theres a lovely interplay of sugar and acids in the mouth, big acids that refresh the plate from some licorice, cola, syrah and root beer flavors on the palate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Recioto Della Valpolicella Fiorato 2010

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    Gorgeous on the nose full of notes of violets, spicy and jammy with wild berry, prune, salted plum and mulberry fruit. Creamy and quite sweet in the mouth, this remains clear on the palate with lovely balsamic toned prune, dried cherry and wild strawberry jam flavors that leads to a modest finish with some peppery spicy nuances. This is soft an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Recioto Della Valpolicella la Roggia 2010

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    Huge aromas of raisins, dried blackberries, black cherries are joined by accents of bitter chocolate, black tea, and leather on the complex and deep nose. This is relatively sweet, with huge acids keep this lively, if quite creamy with black cherry fruit laced with vanilla on the palate. Theres a lot of spice and floral accent to the palate tho... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Fontana 2007

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    Melting caramel and sweet tea nuance adds a fruit leather quality to the dried cherry and prune aromas that pick up a little smoke note with air. This is a drier style of recioto, still sweet but with lots of mineral underpinnings, and a good tannic base lending fine savory character to the midpalate. n the mouth one again finds sweet tea, alo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I am Barbro and love amarone wines. Thank you for your article today (2/4-14) ... now is Amarone Tommasi della valpolicella classico 2009.Would like to find wines like this but less costly.Of course I drink zinfandels, right now I am loving Rosenbloo Read More

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  • Hello all. I am somewhat new to Snooth and this is my first time posting, but I ... onto the next selection - a Valpolicella from Viviani, a bold, funky wine with plenty of complexity.We finished the tasting with two beers - one from Bell's and one from Ballast Point Brewery. We had enjoyed our time there and were about ready to leave when seve... Read More

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  • Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOC 6 Flaschen In Original-Holzkiste Bertani Grezzana Venetien 2001

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    Here we have a wine just hitting its stride and full of aromatic tea, dried soil, dried flowers, a bit of fungi, and an underlying sweetness to the emerging notes of dried meat, licorice and cooked fennel. While the nose gives the impression of something older, this is still fresh and tight on entry, with real focus, and very elegant with attrac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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