Wines from Verona
Learning about the Wines of Verona
No one is visiting northern Italy, without knowing Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet!
This picturesque city, which is located along the Adige River with the giant Lessini Mountains at a distance, is a famous tourist attraction today.
Besides being one of the Italy’s main tourist attractions, the territory surrounding Verona is well-known for its wines too, thanks to its ancient history and winemaking tradition!
Although Verona is just one of many IGT wine zones in the Veneto region, the territory around Verona is probably the most interesting one.
Today, let’s learn about the wines of Verona here…
Verona and Ancient Roman Winemaking
Being a wine lover, you must be aware that no other ancient culture advanced the quality and reputation of wines like Romans.
They made several advancements both in vine cultivation and winemaking.
It’s not a surprise that Verona, which played an important role in Roman age, is famous for its wines today.
There is evidence that Cassiodorus, minister of Theodoric the Great, who made his kingdom with Verona as one of the capitals, recommended the king to taste the sweet wine made in the region around Verona.
This incident can be dated back to more than 1600 years. Even today, wines of a similar style are being made in the territory.
Classica vs. Extended Wine Producing Areas
Verona wines are so famous that the increasing demand of its market needed the traditional wine producing areas to be extended.
For this purpose, the expansion took place around the original birthplace of the Verona wines, in the areas that are considered similar to the actual zone in terms of climate and soil composition.
Thus, the entire Verona wine zone can be classified as classica and extended areas and the wines produced in them are labelled accordingly.
For example, the Valpolicella wines being produced in the Classica region are labelled as “Valpolicella Classica”, while those that are produced in the extended area are labelled as “Extended Valpolicella”.
It’s to be noted that the area of production will be presented on the wine label.
Now, you may doubt the quality of wines from the extended areas.
Yes, of course, these cannot be as good as the ones that are produced in the classica area.
But, the winemakers, in order to fill the gap image of the extended wines, end up making even better wines.
For instance, let’s take Amarone, which is considered as the best, and which is the most expensive one, is being produced by the winery coming under the extended Valpolicella area.
Best Wines of Verona
Following are the best wines of Verona to try in Verona:
With no doubt, Valpolicella is the most famous wine of the region that is deeply rooted in the Roman history and tradition.
This is a red wine produced from the grape varieties Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella.
The standard Valpolicella will be a simple, yet elegant, everyday wine that is easy to pair with the foods.
The characteristic features are its fruitiness with the notes of cherry and a well-balanced acidity.
Today, the Valpolicella region is more popular for its other style, Amarone. It is a concentrated wine that is made from dried grapes and ripasso.
Amarone, thus produced, will be structured and powerful. At the same time, it will be elegant and smooth, with a high alcohol level and an excellent complexity.
This is the most exported Italian white wine produced from Garganega grape variety as a single varietal or blend.
The resultant wine is often light and crisp, with a refreshing note. However, there are also heavier, oak-aged styles available.
This is basically a lighter version of red wine made from the same grapes that are used to make Valpolicella, but with permitted additions like:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
These wines are available in various styles ranging from light and fresh forms to heavier aged forms.
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