Wine Stories: I Dream of Amarone
While all of Italy produces wines that bring a smile to your face, Amarone is a special type of wine. It’s that guy in high school everyone wanted and you couldn’t help but fall for. Perhaps what sweet dreams are made of.
The North of Italy is known for Venice, Lake Como and a beloved wine called Amarone. This part of Italy is considered a cool climate winegrowing region but the chillier weather hasn’t stopped vintners from producing wine that many call a dream wine.
Amarone is pronounced AM-ARE-OH-NEE and the word actually means “The Great Bitter.” At the time Amarone was invented, it was considered to be bitter compared to the more popular, much sweeter wines from the region. Savoury, full-bodied and nowhere near bitter, the ancient name has stuck.
Amarone is a dry red wine aged in oak barriques, offering it body and complexity. Due to lower production (it takes more grapes to make a bottle of wine), the bottle price is a reflection of the time-tested art of Italian winemaking as well as its unique flavour profile.
Amarone Della Valpolicella (from the Valpolicella region) is made from three different grapes grown in the region: Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella. Named as if they were sisters, these grapes are plucked and dried on mats before pressing.
In most wine the grapes are harvested and then crushed, allowing the vintner to use all of the water in the production process. In Amarone, grapes are placed on mats and watched over until they reach the ideal level of shrivelled perfection from the winemaker. This process is called Appasimento or Rasinate, which means to dry or shrivel.
Need a bottle to open up with a friend and gossip the night away? Amarone. Need a bottle to share on a romantic date? Amarone. Need a special wine to impress a client? Amarone. No matter the scenario, the answer is Amarone. This is a rite of passage wine and worth spending the extra money on.
We promise you will not be disappointed.