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Information of Strada del Valpolicella

The Valpolicella route:

The road runs along the hills north of Verona and it is divided into three zones: Valpolicella Classica in the north - west of the city, through the towns of S. Ambrogio di Valpolicella, S. Pietro Incariano, Fumane, Marano, and Negrar, Valpolicella, Valpantena and to the east in the area known as Valpolicella land that extends in the valleys of Mezzane and Illasi. Valpolicella is a land of great historical and touristic interest. There are pathways for walking, riding and cycling, where you can admire the beautiful landscape with the famous vineyards. Valpolicella is the ideal destination for wine lovers and foodies. The trattorias and restaurants offer traditional cuisine enhanced by the local great red wines. Throughout the year, there are folkloristic events where you can relive the ancient local traditions and taste the local products.

The road passes through the entire production area of Valpolicella and this aims to facilitate the arrival and stay of tourists in Valpolicella to discover wine, cuisine, artistic and environmental heritage.

The landscape:

The Valpolicella is a collection of small valleys that descend towards the south in the hills behind Verona. The area is characterized by an excellent climate, gentle landscapes and presence of many water sources. For these reasons the area has always been densely populated since ancient times, and was chosen from the Renaissance onwards as holiday resort.

The steep-sided valleys are crossed by many streams, the tops of the hills instead are sometimes settled by the Austrian pine woods. Over the centuries, new cultures and new lifestyles have been introduced and modified, and this has consequently changed the agricultural landscape and the structure of the houses, however well balancing old and new. The modernization of agriculture after the war has divided the territory in relation to altitude: the end nearest to river Adige is devoted to fruit-growing, especially peach, while the area of the low hills is dedicated to the vineyard, with the inclusion of large areas of olive groves and the high hills are home to the cherry orchard.

The Wine:

The DOC (name of origin controlled) wines of Valpolicella are Valpolicella, Valpolicella Superiore, Recioto and Amarone.

According to the production area they can be simply called Valpolicella or Classico, if produced in Valpolicella, or Valpantena if produced in the homonymous valley. The Valpolicella DOC wines are produced from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties , a small percentage of other grapes like Negrara, Barbera and Sangiovese are used.

The characteristics of Valpolicella wines are ruby red color of medium intensity tending to garnet with aging, mild smell, with a background of bitter almonds, dry or velvety flavour, full-bodied, bitter in Valpolicella, sweeter in Recioto, whose total acidity never exceeds 5.5%.

The Villas:

There are about eighty villas in Valpolicella, some of which are known beyond the borders of Verona. Lived by the nobles and rich bourgeois, the villas were designed to control farms in which they had invested at least part of their wealth. Almost all were built under Venetian rule, when the Valpolicella was enriched with mansions for the stay and the resort of landowners, many of whom belonged to the nobility of Verona.

The main ones are in San Pietro in Cariano: Villa Verità, Fornaser House, Villa Castellani, villa Acquistapace, villa al Drago, Villa Buri, villa Cesari, villa Bellini Carnesali, villa Monga, villa de Pullè, villa Betteloni, villa Santa Sofia, villa Amistà, villa Giona, villa Fumanelli, villa Danese, villa De Besi e villa Lebrecht. In the area of Parona there are villa Monastero and villa San Dionigi, in Dolcè villa Guerrieri. Between Fumane and Marano there are villa Ravignani, villa Della Torre, villa delle Selle, villa Lorenzi, villa Campagnola and Silvestri Guantieri. In the Negra territory there are villas Sorte, Albertini, Bertoldi, Fedrigoni Messedaglia, Serego Alighieri, Zamboni, villa Mosconi-Bertani and villa Rizzardi. In Pescantina there are villa Da Sacco, former Morando , Quaranta, Fagiuoli Sparavieri, La Mirandola. Last but not least in Sant'Ambrogio there are villas Bassani, Serego Alighieri and Nichesola.

The primary grapes of Valpolicella:

Among the grape varieties present in Valpolicella, the most important is Corvina, high valued for its set of coloring matter and for the great ability to adapt to drying.

Corvinone is instead a variety in its own right: this grape is very resistant to cold and is ideal for drying, although a bit sensitive to attacks of gray mold.

Rondinella is more resistant to cold conditions and produces a less structured wine, but with intense floral aromas. Finally we have the Molinara, so called because of the abundance of bloom that covers its grapes, making them look like covered with flour. It has good resistance to gray mold, produces a rosé wine, ideal to drink very cold during the summer hottest hours.


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