Valpolicella, the birthplace of Valpolicella red wine
Spanning 240 square miles, the Valpolicella is a hilly area situated in the Veneto, at the foothills of the Lessinia mountain range, between the historic city of Verona and towards the stunning shores of Lake Garda. It is a rich, fertile land that has been revered for its wine production since Roman times. From the Eastern slopes, to the river Adige, from the Valdadige to Verona from the temperate climate to the skill of its farmers, all these factors combine and conspire to produce the unique conditions conducive to the successful production of fine wines, in fact only in such an area could we produce the famous Amarone Valpolicella red wine.
Defining the region more for historical and geographical reasons, the Valpolicella is a multifaceted area where no hill or plain appears equally illuminated by the sun and in where nature never is repeated. A unique all-encompassing region that offers vast and varied vistas, landscapes, and enchanting quality of light. 240 square kilometers alive with history, culture and flavors, the Valpolicella extends across mountainous zones and large stretches of meadow, where livestock and lush wildlife can often be found. Cherry orchards, and olive groves also abound between the vineyards.
What is Valpolicella? The origins of its name
There are many theories, but also many legends around the ancient name of Valpolicella. From the Latin Vallis-polis-cellae, or “valleys with many wineries” to the Greek language “polyzelos” as a land “of many Fruits” all etymologies would seem to bear witness to the main wealth or source of this incredible Venetian region. In fact, it is more likely that the term would seem to originate at a more administrative and bureaucratic level, where in the past it was meant to indicate the area from Adige to Pol and hence “Valpolesela” as the valley of Pol. This administrative level came into play again when the area became a designated wine region to protect the production of Valpolicella wine.
What to visit
Here some things to see in Valpolicella:
- The Molina Waterfall Park is a park which covers an area of 80,000 square meters in the valley of Molina in the municipality of Fumane.
- Meridiana Negrar: The monumental sundial that greets visitors arriving at Negrar is a sculpture / internationally important tool. About seven meters high with a diameter of five and a total weight of about 2000 kg, combines “contemporary” design to the “historicity” of science that encloses.
- Pieve di San Floriano: The Romanesque church of San Floriano is mostly a copy of the famous church of San Zeno in Verona.
Ponte di Veja: The Ponte di Veja is a picturesque natural high bridge 50 meters …. Garden Pojega: near our winery is the Garden of Pojega, built in 1783 by Luigi Trezza commissioned by earl Antonio Rizzardi. It is a typical example of Italian gardens. It covers 54,000 square meters with theaters, green walls and different plants and flowers
Where to eat in Valpolicella
- Trattoria la Porchetta: For years, the passion and the love for the land where we were born and brought up with us in the daily work of restaurateurs. E ‘for this reason that our menu offers a choice of dishes created using only natural ingredients, derived from our campaign. Our wish is that staff is also to your liking. Serena, Nadia and Luciano.
- Ristorante Valpolicella: In the heart of Valpolicella, the ancient land of Arusnati, the Zantedeschi family runs the restaurant “Valpolicella.” The warmth and friendliness of Mr. Luciano, who started here with a small restaurant in June 1968, still hovering in bright thoroughly expanded and renovated rooms, the warm hospitality of Gina and her six children with their families, in the inviting aromas that come from the kitchen, where the crackling fire of the old “fogolar” snubs superb modern and functional furniture.
What to eat in Valpolicella:
Where to sleep in Valpolicella
We have rooms in the cellar each side with air conditioning, internet connection, private bathroom and the kitchenette. Please contact us for your reservation in basement! There is a possibility to cook using the kitchenette so to be completely independent!
Here are some references of excellent Bed and Breakfast to stay in Negrar:
- ALLE CALCAROLE
Località Poiega, 3 – 37024 Negrar (VR)
Via San Martino, 14 – 37024 Negrar (VR)
045.7501803 Cell. 340.9102894
[email protected] – www.bbamarena.com
- ARTE E NATURA
Via Fratel Francesco Perez, 32 – 37024 Negrar (VR)
045.7502241 – Fax 045.7502241
- CASA POIEGA
Via Guglielmi, 1 – 37024 Negrar (VR)
045.7501569 – Fax 045.7501569
[email protected]gilio.it – www.casapoiega.com
- LA DIVINA
Via Francia, 6 – 37024 Negrar (VR)
- LA ROSA DEI VENTI
Via Palazzina di Villa, 2 – 37024 Negrar (VR)
[email protected] – www.bb-rosadeiventi.it
Via D’Azeglio, 2/f – 37024 Negrar (VR)
045.7501152 – Cell. 338.6845231 – Fax 045.7501152
[email protected] – www.parry.it
- VILLA GESI RELAIS
Via Ca’ Righetto, 19 – 37024 Negrar (VR)
045.6000963 – Cell. 347.7686252
[email protected] – www.villagesi.it
Valpolicella is a viticultural zone of the province of Verona, Italy, east of Lake Garda. The hilly region of farming and of the marble quarries of small companies in the north of the Adige is famous for wine production. Valpolicella ranks just after Italian Chianti in the total production of Origin (DOC) wine.
The red wine known as Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varieties: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara. A variety of wine styles are produced in the area, including a dessert wine Recioto and Amarone, a strong wine made from dried grapes. Valpolicella is the most basic table wine, light and fragrant flavor.
These wines can be produced in nouveau style, similar to Beaujolais nouveau and released only a few weeks after the harvest.
Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the production area of the original Valpolicella. Valpolicella Superiore is at least one year old and has an alcohol content of at least 12%. Valpolicella Ripasso is a form of Valpolicella Superiore made with partially dried grape skins that have been left over from fermentation of Amarone or Recioto. Winemaking in the region has existed since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. The name “Valpolicella” appeared in the papers of the mid-twelfth century, combining two valleys previously thought of independently.
Its etymology is unknown; it could come from a mix of Latin and greek for “Valley of the cellars.” Today Valpolicella’s economy is heavily based on the production of wine. The region, colloquially called the “pearl of Verona”, has also been a favorite location for rural vacation villas. Seven municipalities composing Valpolicella Pescantina, San Pietro in Cariano, Negrar, Marano di Valpolicella, Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella and Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo. production of Valpolicella area was expanded to include the areas of the surrounding plains when Valpolicella reached the status of DOC in 1968. In December 2009, the production of Amarone and Recioto dessert wines in the Valpolicella DOC has received its own separate Designation Controlled and Guaranteed origin status (DOCG).
Wine tour - Venice
Come to Venice! Would you like to do a tasting in Valpolicella? The land of Amarone, Recioto and Valpolicella Ripasso. Just a few kilometres from Verona, the city of Opera, in the hills of Negrar.