The Valpolicella is a valley located between Lake Garda and Verona. It is famous for its wines and it seems that the name Valpolicella originates from ancient Greek and means valley of the many cellars. Today it is well known for its famous wines: Amarone and Recioto. The landscape is breathtaking, with its classical villas surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and orchards. Our excursion starts with a visit to a typical cantina of the area, set in a building from the fifteenth century. We then arrive from the small scenic road winding through the vineyards, where, weather permitting, we will tour the vineyards with the owner who will discuss the area's grape growing techniques.
After a brief description of the wine making process, we will start with our tasting of the Valpolicella's classic wines: Valpolicella, Ripasso della Valpolicella, Amarone and Recioto. The wines will be paired with small tastes of local salumi and cheese. Your wine tasting will be led by the vineyard owner along with your Context docent, who is a sommelier and master cheese taster. We will then take a scenic drive through the valley as we head to a typical restaurant where we will enjoy a light lunch with traditional dishes and wine.
After lunch we will visit a second cantina, along with the traditional building where the grapes for Amarone and Recioto are withered before the vinification. After a short visit to this seventeenth century flour mill, we will have a second wine tasting, again paired with some cheese and salumi of the area. Together with your Context docent you will discuss the differences and similarities of the wines from these two different producers, giving you a full picture of the rich wine production and culture of the Valpolicella