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...

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  • Cantina Giacomo Montresor

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

  • Allegrini

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

  • Viviani Vineyards

    Established in 1980, Viviani, Inc., Wine Country Specialists, is the industry leader, serving dis...

  • Trabucchi

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

  • Corte Lenguin

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

  • stefano accordini

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  •  Never did and never will! Read More

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  • Al, the original poster didn't bring this to life.  It was a new person saying that Amarone is a peace-broker of sorts in his marriage.  :)OP never did come back.  I opened my last 2004 Amarone last month.  Paradise.  Read More

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  • I think we all agree the bottle should be enjoyed sooner rather than laying it down for another year.  Please open it soon and let us know what you think.  Decant as is recommended above - one hour should do it.  If you don't own a decanter, now is the time to invest in one. Read More

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  • Every time I am in trouble with my wife, I redeem myself with an Amaronee....yes, decant and it is wonderful with a good cut of meat Read More

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  • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2009


    A perfect Valpolicella. Nice acidity with fairly light tannins. Went well with our pasta and meatballs and sausage. My home made pasta sauce was perfect for this wine. This wine can probably last for several more years. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1

  • Villa Maffei Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2008


    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


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

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Cesari Amarone Della Valpolicella 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT

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