In January our journey takes us to the valley of many wineries: Valpolicella!
Valpolicella is the hilly area between the Lessini mountains and the Verona plain. It stretches from the Adige river to the Soave hills. These hills have always been a paradise for viticulture. It is here that the famous indigenous triad of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella is born, the grapes that traditionally make up local wines, and that are just perfect for the practice of drying. Amarone, the most renowned wine of Valpolicella, and one of the most iconic wines of Italy is vinified with dried grapes and was actually… A “mistake”!
Until the 1940s, the grapes were dried in the drying rooms, and subsequently pressed for the production of Recioto. A sweet wine. After the war, during the German occupation, the barrels containing the fermenting wine were kept in hiding places. Not always easily accessible. Sometimes it happened that the wine completed fermentation and the sugars were completely unwound. The result was therefore inevitably a dry wine. Today, in fact, Amarone is still called Recioto scapà (run away) in local dialect.
The raisins are used for the production of Amarone, Recioto and Ripasso. But a special mention should be the Ripasso. A basic Valpolicella that comes into contact with the marcs of amarone or recioto and partially acquires their aromas and structure. Wines of great concentration and complexity such as these coexist with classic Valpolicella. Wines of great freshness, slender body that are so pleasant and easy to drink. In recent times, a great deal is dedicated to the experimentation and production of sparkling wines and white vinification with the native grapes of the area.
Experiments that offer countless possibilities for food-wine pairing both with traditional meat and fish dishes, but also with Asian cuisine. Classic Valpolicella and tataki tuna? A match made in heaven!
For those lucky ones waiting for the wine box with the wines of Valpolicella, be patient, it is close! Those who have missed this important stage, can contact us directly.