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...

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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...

  • stefano accordini

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

  • Michele Castellani

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

  • Campagnola

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

  • Viviani Vineyards

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

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Valpolicella on Snooth

  • 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

  • Musella Amarone Della Valpolicella Riserva 2011


    Floral sweet spice and fresh red fruit on the nose with earthy notes of clay and warm stone. Bold and assertive palate of red fruit - red currant, cranberry and cherry with zesty acidity brightening the palate and adding a refreshing zippiness that darts through to the finish where it becomes a bolt of heat that mellows into baking spice and mor... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Venturini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012


    Tarry and earthy aromas with underlying red fruit notes of cranberry and cherry amidst heady spice. Juicy and plump on entry with generous black currant and blackberry fruit, tart cranberry and plum skin notes on the mid palate and a finish of dark chocolate, blueberry and a puff of smoke. Good structure and fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Monte Ca' Bianca Begali Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2012


    Deep, aromatic notes of candied plum and black pepper with savory beef bouillon and floral red currant aromas. Nicely complex on the palate with a touch of herbal earth, dark oak and spice box, and fruit flavors of blackberry, black currant and smoky sour cherry towards the leathery, oaky and smoky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Torre d'Orti Amarone Della Valpolicella 2014


    Floral cherry and mixed berry aromas, nicely fruity with clay and wet sand aromas adding another dimension. Tart on entry with full acidity and notes of tart cranberry and red currant, hot spice and thick tannins, finishing with deep red fruit preserves and candied licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Zenato Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008


    One of the best amarone I ever tasted Read More

    Wine review by cane

  • 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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