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Amarone vs Valpolicella

Have you already tasted one of Italy’s wines? Italy is not only the home of delectable pastas but also of good wines. The locals and tourists of Italy love drinking wine. You’re missing a lot of Italy if you won’t have the chance to taste their Amarone or Valpolicella wines. So what are exactly the differences among them?

Amarone wine is among the favorite wines in Italy. Wine consumers enjoy Amarone because of its perfect blending of ripe fruits and, most especially, its subtle alcohol effects on its drinkers. This largely favored wine is produced in Italy’s wine region and is also called Valpolicella. So is Valpolicella a wine or a region? The answers for both questions are “yes.” Yes, Valpolicella is a wine; and, yes, Valpolicella is a region. Some regions, like the Veneto region, also create their own Amarone wine.

If Amarone is produced in the Valpolicella region, then it is also a Valpolicella wine. In fact, the proper name of Amarone is Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. So for you not to have a tongue twister, just call it Amarone. Winemakers will carefully harvest the grapes and place them on a straw mat. The straw mat is then placed in a warm room like an attic. The drying process of grapes encompasses several months to arrive at the raisin-like flavor of the Amarone wine.

Amarone is from the Italian word “amaro,” which means “bitter.” So is Amarone wine bitter? Some are bitter and some are not. It really depends on your taste buds. But when you drink Amarone, some of you may notice that it has a sweet, peculiar taste. The grapes might have picked up the concentrated sugars during the drying process. Amarone’s bitter, raisin-like, and somewhat sweet flavor captures the hearts of wine connoisseurs.

Local and tourist wine enthusiasts like to visit the Valpolicella region because of its Amarone wine. Among the Valpolicella wines that spread like fire during the Roman era were the red wines. To have a splendid, wine-tasting experience, visiting Valpolicella is a must. Literally, “Valpolicella” means “valley of many cellars.” The region looks like a cellar of grapes since it is a wine-making area.

The Valpolicella region also creates its classic Valpolicella wine. Valpolicella wine is made with the same grapes as that of the Amarone wine. The winemakers use Corvina grapes mixed with a small percentage of Rondinella and Molinera. The Valpolicella wine has a milder alcoholic effect than the Amarone wine. Amarone wine is considered to be the great, bitter wine. The Valpolicella wine is best used within 3-5 years while the Amarone wine is best to consume in 7-15 years. As the wines age,  they are more delicious to drink.

The Valpolicella region is not only known for its Valpolicella and Amarone wines. It is a place where you can find wine, nature, and a rich culture. It is also a perfect place for spending worry-free vacations because it has several beautiful villas around. You can also see luscious forests, tall mountains, and clear, busy streams. These are the reasons why the grapes grow healthfully in the region. It has a very favorable climate, and the grapes can be showered with stream water.


  1. Amarone wine is one of the favorite wines in Italy. It is widely produced in the Valpolicella  and Veneto regions.
  2. Amarone wine has a stronger alcohol effect than Valpolicella wine. Amarone is regarded as the great, bitter wine whereas Valpolicella wine has a milder alcohol effect among wine connoisseurs.

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  1. Hello everyone!! I’m Italian and I love wine…. I was reading this article to broaden more my vocabulary and I have noticed that it is quite confusing!!
    Valpolicella is a valley in Veneto. Veneto is a region in the north-eastern part of Italy and one of the most wine producer.
    In Valpolicella several wine are produced, such as Valpolicella (called “base”), Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella. Both of them are a blending of three grape: Corvina, Rondinella e Molinara (no Molinera), but they are produced in a different way.
    By law, the Amarone is only produced in Valpolicella valley and for this reason it could be just called Amarone.
    The Valpolicella base is vinified as usual as red wines, while the Amarone is produced as described in the article, following a drying process of grapes. In this way water evaporates completely and the given wine results full-bodied, complex, rich and powerful, with soft tannins, low in acidity and high in alcohol. Despite a hint of sweetness the Amarone is a dry wine that you can enjoy with a tasty “stracotto di carne” or an aged cheese.
    While the Reciotto della Valpolicella is a sweet wine, that is produced with dried grapes as well but an high level in sugar is leaving during the vinification process.
    The last thing that you must know… if you read “Classico” on the label of your wine bottle, it mens that by law the wine is produced in a small area within the Valpolicella valley, originally where these wines were produced.
    I’m sorry for my English… maybe you can correct me about that, but you can trust me about wines!! Enjoy that one you prefer!!!

  2. Thank you for the explanation. I wish my Italian were as good as your English.

  3. I was under the impression that Amarone was a process. Guess I wrong?

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