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Amarone: an extra special red wine

Amarone wine is world-famous as one of the most intense and high-quality reds – it is a heavy wine. The name of the fine wine comes from the Italian "amaro", meaning "bitter". Amarone wines originate in the Italian wine region of Veneto. But this Italian speciality wine should not actually exist at all; Amarone was invented quite by chance.
Veneto's bitter Amarone is world-famous and considered one of the best red wines.

Amarone: grape varieties and production

Amarone is produced from dried grapes – the Rondinella, Corvina and Molinara grape varieties. The process of drying the grapes is also known as appassimento: grapes which are harvested in September are stored on special wooden lattices or straw mats for around three to five months to dry. During this process, they are turned and inspected at regular intervals – bad grapes are removed. The drying process causes the Amarone grapes to lose most of their water content. This in turn concentrates the aromas in the grapes.
Once the drying process has been completed, the grapes are pressed and macerated. It takes around three weeks for the alcoholic fermentation process to begin and roughly another 45 days for it to be completed. At this stage, Amarone has a high sugar content, which also results in a high alcohol content of around 15 percent. The alcohol content of Amarone wines generally varies between 14 and 16 percent.
This is followed by the maturing phase. Amarone is matured in oak casks for at least two years. Some Amarone wines are even aged for up to eight years.

Amarone: a wine created by chance

The red wine Amarone comes from Valpolicella in Veneto, not far from Lake Garda. Today, Amarone is a favourite of some wine connoisseurs thanks to its aromas and fragrances. The production process dates back to the 16th century. Even then, the grapes were stored on wooden lattices to dry. The dried grapes were, and still are, used to produce a wine – Recioto della Valpolicella. This process gives the wine a high sugar content, while the maturing time is fairly short. That is why the sugar does not have the chance to fully ferment. According to Italian legend, Amarone was invented accidentally when a cellar master made a mistake. A barrel of Recioto was allegedly forgotten about, which meant the red wine had time to ferment fully for the first time – in other words, to convert the residual sugar into alcohol as well. When the barrel was found and the wine tasted, Amarone was born, as the result was declared excellent. Ever since then, Amarone has also been known as Recioto della Valpolicella's little brother.Have we piqued your curiosity? At Mondovino you can purchase a variety of Amarone wines – either directly online or from one of our many Coop sales outlets. You will always find the top-quality wines you are looking for, whether online or in-store.

Amarone della Valpolicella: a red wine made from dried grapes

The powerful red wine from the winegrowing area of Valpolicella in Veneto delights wine connoisseurs. Here you can read more about the characterful red wine, its production and what makes it special.
Amarone della Valpolicella is a heavy, intense red wine.

Amarone della Valpolicella: character

Amarone is a heavy red wine with intense and multifaceted flavours. Characterized by a pleasant sweetness and woody flavour, in particular, it also exhibits clear aromas of overripe fruit. Amarone della Valpolicella is rightly considered one of Italy's most popular top wines. Rich in tannins and fruity aromas, Amarone is often described as "opulent" or "voluptuous". Owing to its slightly creamy texture and intense flavour, Amarone della Valpolicella has similarities with Spanish sherry. 

Production: the appassimento method

The production of Amarone della Valpolicella is considered special because after being harvested, the grapes are not immediately processed, but are dried first instead – in a process known as "appassimento". Only the best grapes are spread out on wooden lattices and left to dry there for several months. During this time, the grapes are turned and inspected at regular intervals – bad grapes are quickly removed. During the appassimento process, the grapes lose at least one third of their weight as the water contained in them evaporates. This concentrates the acids, sugar and extracts. It is therefore no surprise that Amarone della Valpolicella boasts such a strong flavour. The grapes are always pressed in December. Afterwards, the wine is matured which, in the case of Amarone della Valpolicella, takes at least two years. Along with Brunello and Barolo, Amarone della Valpolicella is considered one of Italy's greatest red wines. The fine wine is produced by the Lenotti, Tenuta Sant Antonio, Zonin, Zenato, Zardini and Tommasi wineries, among others. 

The Valpolicella winegrowing area

Amarone della Valpolicella is mainly produced from the Rondinella, Corvina and Molinara grape varieties – all grapes that are typical of the area around Valpolicella. The popular and historic winegrowing region lies in the north of Italy, not far from Lake Garda. It has an impressive total area of around 4,000 hectares under vine. A mild climate and gently rolling landscape are characteristic of Valpolicella in Veneto.Are you interested in the 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella? Then take a closer look at the Mondovino range. You can order your favourite wine from us directly online. It goes without saying that you can also purchase it from one of our Coop sales outlets – as with all our other wines.

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