The famous Amarone della Valpolicella red wines are produced in the rolling hills of the Valpolicella region from the indigenous Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. These varieties are blended together to produce a very powerful red wine with moderate tannins and high alcohol levels. Typical Amarone flavours and aromas include cherry liqueur, dried figs, raisins, dark chocolate and hints of graphite.
How Amarone Is Made
Amarone wines must be made using the traditional appassimento method which involves leaving the grapes to dry out and become raisins for over the winter before they are fermented. This helps to concentrate the flavours and the sugars in the grapes. The wine then has to be aged for two years before it can be bottled.
Amarone Food Pairings
Thanks to this complex winemaking process, Amarone wines are powerful and intense with plenty of luscious dark fruit flavours. Many have the capacity to age for decades, but if you do decide to drink a young Amarone, try pairing it with hearty dishes like wild boar, venison, winter stews, steaks, or braised ribs. The ripe fruity character of Amarone can also match well with coq au vin, aged hard cheeses, and dark chocolate.