Amarone wine tour
a from 80 Eur per person
Explore the most famous Verona wine producing region with the Amarone wine tour!
Valpolicella, the Amarone wine land, is the most famous and the biggest wine producing area in Verona. In fact it includes 7 of the 10 valleys that surround the city to the north, extending for about 40 km from west to east.
We can distinguish 3 sub-regions:
Valpolicella Classica, which lies to the western part. This one is the historic region, where Amarone was “invented” in 1936. It covers the 3 valleys of Fumane, Marano and Negrar,each one with its own characteristics and terroir. Valpolicella Classica is moreover very close to city center.
While to the east extends the Valpantena, which is a single, wide valley, famous not only for Amarone but also for the olive oil production. Last but not least, eve further east is the Valpolicella DOC which includes the valleys of Mezzane, Illasi and Tramigna. These 2 sub regions are both known as “Extended” Valpolicella because they were added only in the 70s to increase the production of Amarone. But the wines from this more recent part have the same quality of those from the historic region. Only difference is that you don’t find the word “Classico” on the label.
Valpolicella grapes are red and indigenous varieties. Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara are the ingredients that combined together give life to the appellation wines. Corvina with its distinct acidity, low tannin content and typical hints of red fruit is the predominant variety of the blend. It also gives the unmistakable scent of cherry that is the typical note of the wines of this DOC.
The “appassimento method”
A wine tour of Valpolicella allows you to immerse yourself in a complex region, where the cultivation of vines has a millenary history and ancient farming traditions are flanked by modern oenological technologies.
In fact, the “trademark” of Valpolicella still consists of a particular and ancient winemaking technique: the “appassimento” or drying method. This tecnique involves partial dehydration of the grapes before pressing. The grapes, carefully selected, are stored in large ventilated rooms for more than 100 days. In this way the winemakers are able to concentrate sugars, aromatic and polyphenolic substances thanks to the natural evaporation of water from the berries. This is the production tecnique of Amarone and Recioto, the two Valpolicella signature wines, which are always included in the tasting of each Amarone wine tour.
Amarone DOCG is definely the most famous Valpolicella wine. Firstly the grapes dried for 100-120 days , loosing about 40% of their weight. Secondly the must undergoes a slow and low temperature fermentation. Amarone wine is then left to mature, usually in large wooden barrels, for at least 2 years, but usually much more. Thanks to its complex bouquet and high alcohol content (minimum 14% Vol) it is considered a meditation wine, the international symbol of Valpolicella.
Recioto DOCG is a sweet and very ancient wine. In fact the first records date back to the 4th century. It is also considered the “father” of Amarone as Recioto is also produced with dried grapes . The difference stays in the duration of fermentation: shorter for Recioto (which means higher residual sugar), longer fo Amarone. Despite its ancient origin today Recioto is pretty unknown outside Verona. As a matter of fact it is mostly consumed locally, on Christmas or Easter. It is a dessert wine but also excellent with aged or blue cheeses.
Ripasso DOC, instead, is made with the re-fermentation tecnique, which has its roots in rural tradition. In fact, in the past the wine obtained with rudimentary techniques was re-passed on the pomace of the noblest Recioto to correct any faults. Today Ripasso is located halfway between Valpolicella and Amarone. Thanks to its excellent value for money, Ripasso is highly appreciated by the market.
Valpolicella DOC and Valpolicella Superiore DOC are wines produced from freshly crushed grapes (although not infrequently some wineries apply a short grapes drying). The first is a wine ready to drink, with red fresh fruits aromas. A product of wider consumption but of good quality. Superiore version has an higher alcohol content and matured at least one year. Therefore it shows more complexity and structure.
In the entire region there are more than 300 wineries offering a wide choice for the personalization of your Amarone wine tour.
Most of them are small-medium sized and family-run. Usually here the producer (or a member of his family) guides the visitors in the cellar and in the tasting. This type of estates uses only own property grapes. The vineyards surround the winery building and all stages of production, from drying to bottling, take place on site. As a result, their wines reflect the terroir of the valley and they can vary greatly from one vintage to another one.
However, there is no lack of large wineries as well. There are in fact also big companies which boast an annual production of over one million bottles and who are the Amarone ambassadors in the world. Many of these big producers have the headquarters in historic villas and their visit offers an artistic as well as oenological experience.
Contact us to book your private Amarone wine tour!
Tour for wine curious
A taste of Valpolicella for those who are looking for an escape of a few hours among the vineyards and want to discover how Amarone is produced. An excellent option to taste the wines of the region if you have little time.
Tour for wine interested
An experience for those who want to deepen their knowledge of Valpolicella wines by comparing 2 different “styles” of production (for example a family winery and a large one) and for those who want to explore different areas of the same region.
Tour wine gourmet
small cheese and cured meats producer
If it’s not enough to taste Amarone in your glass, on this tour you will also find it as an ingredient in the seasoning of cold cuts and cheeses produced by a special shop in Lessinia. A tour for lovers of local specialties.
Tour for wine lovers
A full day for all wine lovers, for those who are purchase-oriented, for those who want to spend more time visiting the cellars, or for those who want to combine the experience in the cellar with a visit to a historic village or a lunch in a typical tavern.
Availability: all days on request
Meeting and departure: where and when you preferred. Pick up is free of charge for the city center and Valpolicella area
Wineries: you can decide which cellars to visit, rely on our choice or tell us your preferences (family winery, large, organic, etc.)
Inclusions: wine guide and transport
Exclusions: tasting in the cellar and lunch. The costs of tastings are about 10 -20 euros in most wineries. At the time of booking and depending on the choice of the winery, the exact costs will be communicated.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult
Cancellation policy: free cancellation up to 48 hours before the start of the experience