The famous Amarone wine produced in the Valpolicella wine region located in the hills in the north of the city of Verona. It includes information on the unique methods of production of the Amarone wine, as well as general history of the Valpolicella wine region. And the tours offered in the the Valpolicella wine region: Amarone wine tours and Valpolicella wine tours.
Wine has been produced in the Valpolicella wine region near Verona since Roman times. During this period, the unique way to produce such a revered wine, as Amarone is, was introduced in the area.
In ancient times, the Romans in the south of Italy left the grapes on the vines, allowing the juice to turn to sugar through which they created a fortified wine that would have supported the rigors of travel and also the challenges of the pungent and spicy cuisine of the ancient Roman wives. In the cooler north of Italy, they could not leave the grapes on the vines for so long, so they stored them in barns to dry before pressing them. This same method is used today in the production of Amarone in the Valpolicella wine region.
Until recent times the main wine of this region was the Recioto, a sweet red wine particularly popular among the Veronese in times when sugar and sweets were not widely available. This wine was usually served with dry cakes, as a dessert wine. Amarone is sometimes called Recioto sbagliato (failed Recioto), as in the Recioto wine the fermentation is stopped to leave sugar to provide the sweetness. While the Amarone is fermented for a longer period to produce a dry and full-bodied wine that led the Valpolicella wine region to become one of the most famous wine regions in Italy.
For many centuries, the Amarone lived in the shadow of the Recioto until 1990, when some wine buyers were desperately searching for new full bodied red wines. In 1990, Amarone enjoyed the exceptional status of vintage and it was catapulted to fame almost overnight. Nowadays, you'll find the Amarone's name on the wine list of every fine restaurant and wine shop around the globe, alongside other wines from the Valpolicella wine region.
Like the famous wines of Bordeaux, the wines of the Valpolicella region are made from a blend of some indigenous vines. Each vineyard has its preference in regards to the types and quantity of grapes used in the production of their wines. When you travel across the region from one vineyard to another, you'll be amazed by the subtle differences that exist between each vineyard’s version of Amarone.
A fascinating exploration of the Valpolicella wine region that focuses on the great Amarone awaits you on our Valpolicella Wine Tours.
Enjoy two full wine tastings and tour each of the famous vineyards with a local expert guide, as well as a casual wine tasting at a third vineyard. Along with a delightful lunch at a popular local restaurant a wonderful day awaits you in the Valpolicella hills.