Micro-areas of Valpolicella strongly characterize the product. That is the concept of "terroir", a combination of microclimate, soil composition, exposure, crop varieties and wild yeasts that give the wines personality and recognition.
Le Ragose and sub-zones Sassine, Leon and Caloetto stand for this peculiarity, and are particularly suitable for the production of fine and elegant Amarone wines, with the possibility of long aging.
We produce two kinds of "Amarone":
"Classico DOC" and "Classico 'Marta Galli' DOC"
The name of this wine comes from the word "bitter", which began to be used to distinguish it from "Recioto" the other sweeter red wine typical of the area of Valpolicella, and with whom he had casually origin.
Catullus (Latin poet of the Republican age) was already speaking of a "bitter wine" declaiming "calices amariores" (bitter glasses) in his Carmine No. 27, written in 49 BC (approximately).
The most important recognition dates back to 1845, in Paris, when some French sommeliers, drinking an "Austere Coast Red Hot" of San Vito di Negrar, aged 11 years, described it as: "Supremo Italian wine ... better than many Bordeaux and Hermitage."
To find the origin of the name "Amarone", we must go back to the spring of 1936, when the head of the local Cantina Sociale accidentally found a barrel of "Recioto", forgotten in the cellar since few years.
It is said that, having pinned content, tasted it, and surprised by the taste, he had said: "This wine is not bitter, it is an amarone (bitter taste)" baptizing a new kind of wine.
It took some time to find the right method of production, and most of the time the result was random, giving rise to a still sweet wine, but with a hint of almonds, most likely the result of a lot of "Recioto" where fermentation had left the manufacturer's control, but it was on the right track: sweet "Recioto", put in barrels and then forgotten, continued to ferment becoming dry.
The sugars were turning into alcohol, losing sweetness to the wine. To this product was given the name "Amarone".