DISCOVERING THE VALPOLICELLA

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THE BORDERS OF THE VALPOLICELLA DOC AND DOCG APPELLATIONS
The area of production of the DOC and DOCG appellation includes the foothills of the province of Verona and covers

  • The valley of Fumane
  • The Valley of Negrar
  • The Valley of Marano
  • The area around Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella
  • The area around San Pietro in Cariano
  • The Valpantena
  • The Valley of Mezzane
  • The Val d’Illasi
  • The Valley of Cazzano di Tramigna.

More precisely, the production regulations divide the Valpolicella into three distinct areas:

  1. The Classica, formed by five distinct geographic areas including the area around Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, the area around San Pietro in Cariano, the valley of Fumane and the valley of Marano. Each valley is able to produce wines with distinct characteristics
  2. The Valpantena, which includes the valley of the same name
  3. The DOC Valpolicella area that covers the administrative area of Verona and the valleys of Illasi, Tramigna and Mezzane.

THE AREA

The countryside of the Valpolicella is mainly hilly with gentle slopes and watersheds at low altitudes and is dominated almost everywhere by vineyards. The geological and climatic characteristics of this region, unique and extremely diverse, are the basis of the great originality and tipicity of the wines.

The different valleys are characterized by often very particular geo-morphological characteristics yet they are united by a high suitability to viticulture. By virtue of geographic proximity and mutual cultural influence between these valleys, the viticulture has very similar traits. Throughout the area, Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella and, to a lesser extent, Molinara, are widely planted.

The flagship wine of the Valpolicella, Amarone, may be produced in only one version but has many different interpretations, each with its own peculiarities, almost like a little microcosm. These multi-faceted expressions of a territory reflect the unique and extraordinary combination between undergrowth, rocks and vines that man's work has made unparalleled over the centuries.

Throughout the Valpolicella, during the whole year, the climate is predominantly good, meaning mild temperatures and not too rainy, especially during the winter season. Enjoying the excellent protection from the Lessinia hills to the North and good exposure to sun on the valley slopes to the south, the climate of this „County“ is very close to being Mediterranean.

As evidence of this, on the low and mid foothills we find land planted with vines, cherry trees, Mediterranean plants such as olive and cypress trees as well as figs, almonds, peaches and pomegranates. In the sunniest spots sheltered from the wind we can also find rosemary, sage and thyme. Areas left wild area covered by bay, ash, oak, holly and the tree of Judah.

The best seasons for a tourist visit to Valpolicella are spring and autumn, and of course summer especially if wanting to explore Lessinia and Lake Garda as well.

VISITING THE VALPOLICELLA

THE MONUMENTS AND MAIN ARTISTIC AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE VALPOLICELLA

Besides wine and cherries, the Valpolicella doesn’t lack artistic features, especially in the field of architecture. Fortunately, despite being crossed by a major transalpine road trodden over the centuries by armies of every type and origin, this area was never the scene of open clashes. In addition, it was almost always spared reprisals and destruction, until the last World War that is. In addition, the proliferation of art in Valpolicella has contributed to the favourable political and economic conditions that have always set it apart. The proximity to the city meant that the best painters, sculptors and architects, (either local or from far afield who came to Verona temporarily to work), were often invited to express their creativity in the Valpolicella.

In addition to the religious buildings, undoubtedly the patrician residences built between 1500 and 1800 are the most attractive historical monuments in the area.
Besides the Churches and villas of the Valpolicella, the vast artistic repertoire also includes rural and everyday architecture. It is a heritage made up of courtyards, hamlets, dove towers, fountains and water troughs made out of rough local stone, stone slabs and iron crosses. We also shouldn’t overlook the stonewalls – le marogne – created with technical skills that translates the work in the fields into art.

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Western boundary of the denomination that looks to the Lake Garda (view from San Giorgio di Valpolicella, which is located on the ridge which divides the Valley of Fumane from Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella). The view of the hills and the Lessini mountains from the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano District. The view of Marano and Fumane valleys from the southern border of San Pietro in Cariano, with Monte Baldo on the background (the highest peak in Verona ). Covina grapes – the main variety in the blend of Valpolicella wines. Vines trained with the traditional pergola system during the hand-harvest. The grapes during the (appassimento) drying process: traditional air-drying method to produce the Amarone and the Recioto della Valpolicella. Vineyard sustainably grown according to the Certification RRR. The objectives of the certification RRR for the Valpolicella wines (the first certification of sustainable area in Italy). The wine-producing Valpolicella area with geographical specifications. The 11 valleys with the altitude profile of Valpolicella region.

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