Strolling Piazza San Marco. Sailing the Venetian lagoon. Criss-crossing the undulating hills of Valpolicella. This romanticized notion of Vento, home to Italy’s beloved cities of Venice and Verona, encompasses some measure of truth. Even its macro-climates are diverse, from the foothills of the Alps in the north, Lake Garda to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the southeast.
As a wine region, Veneto brings heft and history to the table. Its importance is in part due to the volume of Pinot Grigio it produces, and the massive growth in demand for Prosecco. However, continued recognition for other wines from the region, such as Valpolicella, Amarone, Soave and Bardolino help keep Veneto in the spotlight.
Valpolicella’s Four Styles of Wine
This area, more than any other Italian red, produces wines of style. That means the winemaker plays as much a role in the wine as terroir and fruit character.
The four key styles, from least to most intensity are: Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella. All are predominately made with the same grapes (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara) so it’s winemaking technique that distinguishes them.