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...

  • Corvina

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Valpolicella View all

  • Michele Castellani

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

  • Viviani Vineyards

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

  • Corte Lenguin

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

  • Cantina di Soave

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

  • Trabucchi

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

  • stefano accordini

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • Bolla Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2017


    Clear red vino, with muted orange-bronze hues when held against a white light.....watery legs arrive on the inside of the glass after a gentle swirl. The aroma is of spicy alcohol initially, giving way to cinnamon, clove and freshly ground pepper, followed by juicy berries (cherry, blackberry, mild currant), oaked vanilla and leathery notes. T... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico DOC 2017


    Pours a gentle rustic ruby color, has good clarity and develops sound legs ... ... ... entry into the world of Valpolicella. Recommended for those who don't want to have a heavy, intense sort of Italian wine, but still shows the general character of what the wine should b Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2013


    With a scent of grape confit, plum and fresh dark raisons, this very dark wine is showing just a hint of "bricking" in the glass. After 60 minutes of sitting quietly in the decanter (and aerated) the wine greets the mouth with gobs of roasted coffee, plum and chewy raison; there is also a vanilla overlay on the back palate with a grainy tannin ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • It is amazing that we are forced to use the beta version.  Still.  I ... I ... developed concerning Valpolicella Superiore.  You had some "neat" wines; post your thoughts for us.  Read More

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  • Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Biscardo 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Was reading article from Decanter they had article on Amarone it states ... ... ... brands listed from the Valpolicella Classico area just wonder what the devil is going on. I guess these are the Châteauneuf de Pape of Veneto&nbs Read More

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  • San Rustico Gaso Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico Luigi Righetti 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Tenuta Sant'Antonio Campo Dei Gigli Amarone Della Valpolicella 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Acinum Valpolicella 2014


    Nice dried fruit, cedar, dry, old world Italian. Read More

    Wine review by higdog

  • i was cleaning my wine cabinet and tucked in the corner was a bottle of 1975 vintage Bacco Valpolicella. It appears it wasbottled in the Verona Italy area. Has anyone ever heard of the winery?

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  • Recently started drinking them, including the ripasso and amarone production variants, and love them. I have a west coast palate. Trader Joe's in Oakland carries one offering of each of the three, at low price points, and they are good. steve

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