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Valpolicella DOC, Ripasso, and Amarone DOCG

Valpolicella and the wines made in the region are the most important wines of Veneto.

The range of styles makes it essential to get your head wrapped around the winemaking and labeling! Once you understand it, though, you’re in for a lifetime of wine enjoyment kicking back with a glass of Valpolicella, Ripasso, or if you’re really celebrating, Amarone!

More links for learning about Valpolicella

Good maps of Valpolicella: Veronissima, ItalianoWine (via Pinterest), Book Your Wine Guide, Woodberry’s Blog (shows the hills well), and here’s a super cool Google Map that someone built of all the main wine regions of this stretch of Veneto

Wine Searcher: Valpolicella (does a great job explaining the downward spiral of quality and the abandonment of farms well into the 1970s).

Wine Folly: Valpolicella Wine Pyramid from Classico to Amarone

Vincarta: Valpolicella – 10 Essential Things to Know (lots of good info here, including a list of the family run operations)

Wine Folly: Amarone Wine Turns Raisins Into Gold

Terroir Amarone: Do you really know how Amarone is made? and some OUTSTANDING photos of the drying process