jamie goode's wine blog: Amarone: watching grapes dry

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Amarone: watching grapes dry

Last week I had to do a presentation in the Valpolicella region of north east Italy. While I was there, I had a chance to visit the research centre for the region, to learn about a new project to identify new varieties for use in Valpolicella. There was also a opportunity to see the grapes being dried for Amarone production. I'm posting some pictures - in this case, the grapes are in plastic crates, but it's also common to find them laid out on wooden trays, or even hung up tied on to bits of string. The important thing is that they are in good condition, without any rot. I'm also posting a couple of pictures of the vineyards, which have very high trellising.

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At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Ron said...

Great pics! I just met a guy who used to live in that region who talked about this, and it's nice to see photos of it. Makes the wine all the more alluring.

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

If you like Amarone wines, you have to try this 2000 Amarone, Valpolicella Classico 'Le Bessole'from the small growers Accordini. You can buy it from http://www.vinvinodirect.com and they sell about 5 more wines from this small grower.


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