Amarone is a typical rich italian dry red wine. Even if it is very famous and considered the prince of Veneto wines it has a recent history: it was born about 60 years ago by mistake!
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Amarone is the brother of the sweet delicious red wine named Recioto.
They share the same vinification method at least until the last passage: their vinification involves the passito process, in which selected bunches of grapes are allowed to dry for a certain period to concentrate sugars before being pressed and fermented.
To produce Recioto, the fermetation process usually is stopped at a modest alcoholic level, leaving the necessary residual sugar.
Someday a forgotten barrel completely fermented the sugars, the wine obtained was bitter "amaro". Apparently it was a mistake and lately determined to be a really good and prestigious wine.
The first vintages released were named Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone and dated back 1953 or maybe a little elder. Now Amarone is more famous than its brother!