Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Amarone della Valpolicella See Veneto map, ref #33
Region:
History: Formerly part of the Valpolicella DOC; established as a separate DOCG in 2010
Vineyard Area: 7,844 ha / 19,400 acres (2016) total for all four Valpolicella DOPs
Production: 109,280 hl / 1,214,000 cases (2016)
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Corvina
Styles and Wine Composition:
RED WINES
  • Rosso (Rd): 45–95% Corvina and/or Corvinone (proportion of Corvina must equal or exceed that of Corvinone); 5–30% Rondinella; maximum 25% OARG (of which no single variety can exceed 10% and all aromatic varieties combined cannot exceed 10%)
  • Riserva (Rosso)

Subzones:

  • Classico, comprising the communes of Fumane, Marano, Negrar, San Pietro in Cariano, and Sant’Ambrogio
  • Valpantena

Significant Production Rules:
  • Minimum potential alcohol level at harvest: 11.0%
  • After harvest, grapes must be air-dried to achieve a minimum potential alcohol level of 14% and cannot usually be vinified until December 1 (though most producers wait until January or February)
  • Minimum alcohol level: 14.0%
  • Residual sugar: Maximum 12 g/l (1.2%) for a 14.0% alcohol wine, with a sliding scale up to about 16 g/l (1.6%) for higher alcohol levels
  • Aging: For Rosso, minimum 2 years (ERD = January 1, V+3); for Riserva, minimum 4 years (ERD = November 1, V+4)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 03/07/2014