Valpolicella (area)

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The growing areas for Valpolicella and Valpolicella classico, in the province of Verona

Valpolicella ( Venetian Valpolexela ) is the name of an Italian wine-growing region ( Veneto ) in the Lessinian hills north of Verona and east of Lake Garda . Valpolicella - DOC - wines are grown in three precisely defined areas, all of which lie between the Adige and the Monti Lessini . These are the areas (from west to east):

  • Valpolicella Classica includes the valleys of Fumane , Marano and Negrar
  • Valpolicella Valpantena runs parallel to the Valpolicella Classica area for 12 km and extends to the suburbs of Verona
  • Valpolicella includes the Squaranto , Mezzane , Illasi , Tramigna and Alpone valleys as well as the districts of Verona

The wines grown here are mostly light and should be drunk young. But they can also be developed as a riserva , then they achieve a considerable abundance of taste. Furthermore, high-quality Amarone della Valpolicella , Valpolicella Ripasso and the sweet Recioto della Valpolicella are produced.

Panoramic view of the lower Valpolicella area


  • Burton Anderson: Italy's Wines 2004/05 . Hallwag, Gräfe and Unzer, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-7742-6365-5 .
  • Valeria Camaschella (Ed.): Lexicon of Italian Wines - All DOCG & DOC wines . Hallwag, Gräfe and Unzer, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-7742-0756-9 .
  • Jacques Orhon: Le nouveau guide des vins d'Italie . Les editions de l'homme, Montreal 2007, ISBN 978-2-7619-2437-5 .
  • Jancis Robinson : The Oxford Wine Lexicon . Hallwag, Gräfe and Unzer, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-8338-0691-9 .

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