Wine Varietal

Amarone
  • Pronounced
    (ah-ma-ROH-nay)
  • Appearance
    Deep ruby with orange-brown tinge
  • Body Style
    Full-bodied
  • Flavors
    Figs, raisins, prunes, bitter chocolate, mocha, smoke and earth
  • Major Source
    Italy (Veneto region)
  • Food Matches
    Parmesan
    Romano
Amarone is produced by using the ripest grapes that are dried to concentrate their flavor using a special process known as recioto. Whole bunches of grapes are spread on bamboo mats and dried for several months. The grapes shrivel, which concentrates their sugar and flavors. Some Amorones are aged for five years before being released. The result is a very strong, dry wine with a raisiny flavor, which has a very high alcohol content.