For many people, this place is deemed to be the birthplace of Amarone, but it is something more than what meets the eye. The place harbors four styles of wine and a plethora of viticultural history. Read on to know more.
What is Valpolicella?
Valpoliclla is the very first Italian designation by value, the second position being held by Chianti and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo when it comes to red wine production. This name is derived from a concoction of Latin and ancient Greek which eventually translates to valley of many cellars. The region is adorably admired for the red wines, it spans in four styles—dry, epic Amarone; the appetizing cherry charms of Valpolicella Ripasso; sweet Recioto; and the vivid, accessible Valepolicella.
Where is Valpolicella?
Valpolicella is situated in northern Italy Veneto region on the foothills of the Alps, spanning up to 240-square-kilometer area. This area provide its northern border and around the downward valleys of the Lessini Mountains. The region is loaded with calcium carbonate, soils rich in limestone and clay, and hills ascending up to 1300 feet above sea level. In the south of these mountains, the vines of Valpolicella is super rich in alluvial soil.
Why Should You Drink Valpolicella Wine?
Valpolicella is available in the market in a wide range of styles. A nice fresh Valpolicella wine with a good set of friends is an amazing way to celebrate an evening, and a glass of Recioto, slightly chilled is a perfect way to add to the taste. The bitter tones of Amarone pleasantly welcomes your palate with an amazing experience and excites the senses, while Ripasso is great if taken in between the meals or a perfect drink to have by the fireplace.
What Should You Pair It With?
These dry, multipurpose masterpieces are perfect to pair up with a variety of delicacies and are an exceptional company throughout a meal. Good Amarone can be paired with a juicy steak cooked medium rare. You can also try it by going all Venetian with a brasato all’Amarone paired with a classy dish of braised beef cooked with Amarone and serve it with polenta. Typical Venetian fare like fegeto alla Veneziana, sautéed liver with onions and potatoes, or you can also try grilled meats with Valpolicella Ripasso, try salads, seafood and pastas like gnocchi, beef-filled tortellini di Valeggio or pizza with Young Valpolicella. If you love tiramisu, chocolate, and cakes, go with Recioto. Recioto can be alo paired with local cheeses, blue cheeses, and dried fruits.