Verona is not only home to the world’s most famous Star Crossed Lovers but also some of Italy’s great wines. Wines like Amarone della Valpolicella, or just plain Amarone, is a rich Italian red wine made from the partially dried grapes. Usually Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, grapes with names nearly as seductive as the wine itself. As of December 2009 Amarone was elevated to DOCG status the highest level of Status in Itlay, with only 39 DOCG wines in Itlay it is regarded as one of Italys top wines.
The secret to amarone is that it is a dry wine which has sweet port-like flavours on the palate. This is achieved through the drying of grapes on straw mats called appassimento or rasinate (to dry and shrivel) in Italian. This concentrates the remaining sugars and flavours of the grapes and the resulting wines.
The final result is a very ripe, raisiny, full-bodied wine with very little acid. Alcohol content easily surpasses 15% (the legal minimum is 14% to be called Amarone).