Corvina

Common synonyms: Corvina Veronese, Cruina, Cassabria

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Veneto, Italy

History of the grape: 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 most likely an early version of Amarone or Recioto made from Corvina. “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 on from the ancient Greeks. In 643 Lombard King Rotari wrote an edict protecting Corvina and other local grapes from being pulled. Venice became a center of trade during the Byzantine Empire, and Valpolicella (a name that is a likely combination of ancient Greek and Latin meaning “wine from many cellars”) wines made with Corvina (and traditionally Rondinella and Molinara) became a popular export. But subsequent trade embargoes with the Ottomans forced local wine-makers to broaden Read more »

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  • Valpolicella

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  • Massachusetts

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  • Amarone Della Valpolicella

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  • Valpolicella Classico Superiore

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  • Veneto

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  • Italy

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  • Valpolicella Classico

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  • Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico

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  • Viviani Vineyards

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

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  • Michele Castellani

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