A bittersweet love story Amarone – not exactly a flattering name for one of Italy's most popular red wines. Fortunately, it originated in Valpolicella near Verona and not in German-speaking countries, otherwise it might have been called «Oberbitterer». But bitter is sometimes very beautiful – nowhere is this better known than in Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. The best Amarone keeps the balance between the sweet-fruity note and the strong tannin. It's a bittersweet symphony – not light stuff, but very sensual and delightful – like a love drama.
The production of an Amarone is not easy: the well-ripened grapes (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella) are dried for several months on wooden grates or straw mats. During this process, they must be repeatedly turned over by hand and properly ventilated.They are then fermented and aged for several years in small wooden barrels. This elaborate process explains the rather high price of this red wine.
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