The Amarone della Valpolicella PDO is reserved exclusively for Red wine. The Designation also incorporates two geographical specifications.
The production area of Amarone della Valpolicella PDO is within parts or entire territory of 19 municipalities in the Province of Verona, in the Veneto region.
Red (including Riserva): 45-95% Corvina Veronese (Cruina or Corvina) and/or Corvinone; 5-30% Rondinella; up to 25% of grapes originating from other red grape varieties can be used, with a maximum limit of 10% for each single variety; classified indigenous red grape varieties for the remaining 10% of the total.
Description of product typologies
Amarone della Valpolicella PDO is distinguished by its impenetrable red to garnet colour; it displays liqueur sour cherry, spicy and vanilla notes on the nose, leading to more intense sensations of leather and cocoa; it is ample, mellow, smooth and tannic on the palate. Amarone della Valpolicella PDO may display Classico on the label. Riserva can be displayed if the wine undergoes a minimum aging period of at least 4 years, commencing November 1st of the year in which the grapes were produced. The drying and vinification of the grapes, and the aging and bottling of the wine, must take place within the production area, in a suitable environment, excluding any kind of dehumidifying system operating with the aid of heat; the dried grapes used to obtain Amarone della Valpolicella PDO cannot be vinified before December 1st, after which, the wine must undergo an aging period of at least 2 years before being made available for consumption, commencing from January 1st of the year following that in which the grapes were produced.
Geographical and sub-area specifications
The Amarone della Valpolicella PDO can be accompanied by two sub-geographical designations: Amarone della Valpolicella PDO Valpantena and Amarone della Valpolicella PDO Classico.
The Amarone della Valpolicella PDO designation can be followed by Vigna (Vineyard) with the relative toponym.