Valpolicella & Amarone della Valpolicella

Valpolicella is a series of valleys in Italy’s pre-Alps bordering the region of Soave, but here it is only red wines that are produced. The varieties used are a combination of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, but others are permitted. As in neighbouring Soave, the best vineyard sites are on the hillsides, away from the quantity led, fertile soils of the lower plains. 

There are a number of styles of wine produced here: Valpolicella and Valpolicella Classico are the styles simply made from freshly harvested grapes. Amarone della Valpolicella is made from grapes which have been dried in the winery until they reach a point of desiccation, followed by pressing and fermentation in the normal way. Due to a higher concentration of sugars from the drying, Amarone is a much more profound wine. Valpolicella Superiore is not strictly regulated as to be precise in its vinification methods, but is normally a blend of dried and fresh grapes. There is another style which is gaining momentum and that is Valpolicella Ripasso. This is an almost unique style of wine to this region where the fresh Valpolicella is refermented with the gross lees (the residual solids from the fermentation) from the same year’s Amarone.

Richard Ballantyne MW

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  1. Valpantena Torre del Falasco 2018 CorvinaIn stock
    Lovely full nose, fantastic aromatics. A palate of black fruits, bitter cherry. This is Valpolicella in all but name Learn More
  2. Castelnuovo del Garda 2019 ValpolicellaIn stock
    What a great value Valpolicella from one of the region's best co-ops, Castelnuovo del Garda, who is renowned for their... Learn More
  3. Biscardo 2017 Neropasso IGT VenetoIn stock
    Made from a blend of local Veronese varieties, Corvina and Corvinone with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon. The... Learn More
  4. Terrapieno 2016 Valpolicella RipassoIn stock
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  5. Ca Rugate 2017 Valpolicella Superiore 'Campo Lavei'In stock
    Campo Lavei is a blend of fresh wine from Valpolicella and a portion of grapes which have undergone air drying,... Learn More
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    Forget what you think you know about Valpolicella, this is the wine that redefines the name. Quintarelli has been a... Learn More
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  11. Giuseppe Quintarelli 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico RiservaIn stock
    Amarone Riserva is the pinnacle of the range at Quintarelli. Only made in exceptional years and then aged for at least... Learn More
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