Iconic Wine Regions: a focus on ValpolicellašŸ‡

Theory suggests that the name Valpolicella is a mix of Latin and Greek, "Vallis-polis-cellae", meaning the valley of the many cellarsšŸ·.Ā  The wine produced in this area, known as "Retico" in antiquity, has been prized since Roman timesšŸ›ļø! Pliny the Elder (23-79AD) , in hisĀ Naturalis HistoriaĀ , defines it as "panacea veronensis", that is, suitable for curing all ills! Good to know during season changeĀ šŸ‚šŸ¤§
Valpolicella is divided into three areas:Ā Valpolicella Classica, Valpantena and Valpolicella OrientaleĀ (Zona DOC), of which only the first 2 are official sub-zones. Nevertheless, Valpolicella Orientale hosts excellent producers such as Romano Dal FornoāœØĀ (in the Illasi Valley), but the name of the sub-zone cannot appear on the labelā˜ļø
Made up of valleysĀ that develop in a north-south direction, ValpolicellaĀ landscape is mainly hilly, with soft slopes and watersheds at low altitudes. It's dominated almost everywhere byĀ vineyardsĀ , interspersed withĀ olivešŸ«’Ā andĀ cherry treesšŸ’.Ā The geological and climatic characteristics of the territory, unique and varied, are the basis of the great originality andĀ typicality of its wines,Ā strongly linked to itsĀ native grape varietiesšŸ‡:Ā Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and other minor indigenous varieties (e.g.Molinara, Oseleta), which give an unmistakable and inimitable imprint to all the types of wine produced in here: Valpolicella DOC, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG and Recioto della Valpolicella DOCGšŸ·
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Have you visited Valpolicella yet? Tell us in the commentsĀ šŸ‘‡
Photo credit: Consorzio della Valpolicella

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