Amarone and the wines of Verona

Discover the wine behind the legend at Vino this Wednesday


Rolled-up passito mats, upon which grapes are dried to make Amarone and Ripasso.

Amarone is perhaps Italian wine’s greatest mistake. According to popular legend, the wine was created by accident in the 1930s when a producer of the Veronese passito Recioto forgot to stop fermentation, thus inadvertently allowing all of the wine’s sugar to be transformed into alcohol. The result was “Amarone” (literally “big bitter”). An instant local hit in Verona, only following the appellation’s award of DOC status in 1990 has Amarone seen a large surge in demand, and today it is one of Italy’s most famous and collectable wines.

Amarone is produced by drying Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes on straw mats, after which the raisinated fruit is vinified. This unique wine breaks many traditional conventions of Italian winemaking: while it is a dried-grape wine it is also dry, not sweet, notably high in alcohol, and notoriously challenging to pair properly.

On Wednesday, March 11, join Amarone authority Robert Scibelli, DWS, for a revealing tasting seminar designed to uncover some of the mystery surrounding this rare wine. The class will also examine some of the other significant wines from the Verona area, including Valpolicella, Ripasso, Bardolino and Soave.

Amarone and the Wines of Verona
with Robert Scibelli, DWS
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-8:30pm

March on: more wine and food classes coming up…

Mountain Cheese, Mountain Wine
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Cooking an Italian Easter
with Chef Patti Jackson
Saturday, March 28, 1:30-3:30pm

Click here for Vino’s full Winter 2009 Schedule!

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email


2 Responses to Amarone and the wines of Verona

  1. Do Bianchi says:

    Most agree that the origin of the name “Amarone” lies in one of its oldest and most illustrious growing sites, Armaron — a toponym. One of these days I’m going to get my hands on a copy of the tome Toponomastica Veneta and solve this quaesitionem.

  2. Vino NYC says:

    I know you will, DB!

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