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Recioto

A term commonly used around Verona in the Veneto region for a sweet wine made from raisined grapes. The wine, or rather the way it is made, goes back to Raeticum, an ancient Roman wine. The name comes from the dialect word "recie" for the sweetest and ripest berries. This means "little ears" and refers to the grapes that are on the very outside of the vine and therefore receive the most sunlight and heat. These used to be picked individually, but this is no longer done today.

Recioto - Trocknen der Trauben auf Gestellen

The grapes are dried for four to six months on racks in airy halls (known as appassimento ) or on straw mats. A noble rot caused by botrytis often develops during this process. Due to the concentration of sugar, the alcohol content often exceeds 15% vol. Similar wines are straw wine and Trockenbeerenauslese.

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