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Valpolicella

DOC area for red wines in the west of the Italian Veneto region. The zone includes the municipalities of Cazzano di Tramigna, Cerro Veronese, Colognola ai Colli, Dolcè, Fumane, Grezzana, Illasi, Lavagno, Marano di Valpolicella, Mezzane di Sotto, Montecchia di Crosara, Negrar, Pescantina, San Martino Buon Albergo, San Mauro di Saline, San Pietro in Cariano, Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Tregnago and Verona in the province of Verona. The five municipalities of Fumane, Marano di Valpolicella, Negrar, San Pietro in Cariano and Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella make up the Valpolicella Classico area, with mostly terraced vineyards. The Valpolicella Valpantena subzone comprises a smaller area in the Valpantena Valley in a niche of Lake Garda, which is characterised by a special climate. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, in the case of superior wines, Vigna can be indicated followed by the name of the vineyard

Valpolicella is blended from the local varieties Corvina or Cruina = Corvina Veronese (45-95%), Corvinone (max. 50%), Rondinella (5-30%), and other authorised varieties (max. 25%). It is similar to Bardolino, which also comes from the region, in terms of the grape mixture. Compared to the other Valpolicella varieties, these are mostly wines for quick enjoyment. There are the six variants Valpolicella, Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Valpantena, Valpolicella Superiore, Valpolicella Classico Superiore and Valpolicella Valpantena Superiore

A special type of wine is Valpolicella Ripasso, which received the DOC classification in 2010. To the young fermented Valpolicella red wine, marc from the Amarone processing is added, thus initiating a second fermentation. This gives the wine the typical bitter taste of an Amarone. This process is called Ripasso. This makes the wine richer in body and taste than the normal Valpolicella. The production quantities are now higher than those of the normal type. There are the variants Valpolicella Ripasso, Valpolicella Ripasso Valpantena, Valpolicella Ripasso Classico, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, Valpolicella Ripasso Valpantena Superiore and Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore.

The dry Amarone della Valpolicella and the sweet Recioto della Valpolicella are produced from raisined grapes. Both have been highly classified as DOCG in 2010.

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