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A term used specifically around Verona in the Veneto region for a sweet wine made from raisined grapes. The wine or the way it is made goes back to the Raeticum, an ancient wine of the Romans. The name comes from the dialect word "recie" for the sweetest and ripest berries. This means "auricles" and refers to the grapes that are on the outside of the vine and therefore receive most of the sunlight and heat. In the past, these were selected individually, but this is no longer used today. The grapes are dried for four to six months on racks in airy halls (what is called appassimento ) or on straw mats. This often leads to noble rot caused by botrytis. Due to the concentration of the sugar, the alcohol content is often over 15% vol. Similar wines are straw wine and Trockenbeerenauslese.

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