Amarone Della Valpolicella Wine

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Amarone della Valpolicella is the prized wine from the Veneto region of Italy, made with passito (dried) grapes. It’s produced from a blend of 40 - 70% Corvina, 20 - 40% Rondinella and 5 - 25% Molinara varietals. The word “amaro” is Italian for bitter. While the wine is far from that, the name most likely derived to distinguish it from its sweet sibling, Recioto della Valpolicella. Both versions were awarded DOCG, the superior labeling status, in 2009. 
Amarone has been produced in the Veneto for centuries. The Greeks first inhabited the area, and likely introduced the Romans to “straw wine,” the process by which it is produced. Ripe, hand selected grapes are laid on straw mats to dry out before pressing for juice. By this time, natural sugars and flavors have reached maximum concentration, creating wine of deep complexity. Amarone production even survived the violent Visigoth invasions, and in the 7th century, an official edict was passed protecting Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Amarone Della Valpolicella View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Molinara

    Breppion Scavolegno, Breppion Scuro, Breppon, Molinara Ciara, Molinara Rada, Pola, Rossanella, Rossanella Gentile, Ro...

  • Rondinella

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

  • Sangiovese

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

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  • Cantina Sociale di Soave

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

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  • Bardolino 'Naiano' Allegrini Italy Corvina Rondinella Molinara 2009


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    Wine review by jamieettedgui

  • Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 1988


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    Wine review by Victoria MacPhail

  • Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Il Sestante Vigneto Monte Masua 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009


    Best wine I bought this year. However, overpriced.I love it but will not spend that much money onwine again. (bought 6 bottles)If it ever goes on sale and shipping is free I mayreconsider. Read More

    Wine review by qutiful

  • Benedetti la Villa 2006


    After recently visiting this vineyard and doing a taste - this wine came out tops for me - a beautiful full bodied fruity red with a huge lingering taste - the best taste this year! Read More

    Wine review by Wineys

  • Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella 2008


    AUD$55 from Dan Murphys. For the uninitiated, Amarone is a rich Italian style of wine requiring the partial drying of the harvested grapes on straw mats, appassimento, for about 120 days. Fermentation is long and slow, lasting from four to six weeks. The wine then matures in 30hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels for two years, and for a further six... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

  • Agreed that your sister is very generous and thoughtful!  I love Italian wines and Amarone in particular.  However, as has been mentioned, Amarone is not an everyday-priced wine unless your bank account has no bounds.  I treat myself to Amarone on special occasions and will pick it over other alternatives such as Napa Cabs.  Read More

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  • Your dear sister gave you a wonderful gift as Amarone is a real treat for many fans of Italian wines!  Yes, you could wait for another year to drink this one, but I don't think you'd be too disappointed if you opened it sooner.  What EMARK provided was some good information, and yes Amarone is made from the Valpolicella grape that is allowed to ... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Forum, Chris.  I'll take your sister's loveliness ... tell you a few things."Amarone Della Valpolicella" tells you what region in Italy the wine came from and some specifics about what kind of wine it is.  The interesting thing about this wine is that it is made from grapes that are allowed to dry before they are fermented.  Rat... Read More

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  • Hello,I'm new to the forum and my name is Chris. I joined because I ... just throw it all out here.Amarone Della Valpolicella Vendemmia 2004.My question relates to when and how I should enjoy this?  She seemed to think that it will mature next year.  Do I wait for a year before drinking it and do I need to let it breath or is there any other s... Read More

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