Join A Secret Italy

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE EZINE 

Valpolicella Wine & Region

Not far from Verona and Lake Garda exists a gentle world of vineyards shadowed by the mountains of the Dolomites. This is the land of Valpolicella wine...

Valpolicella

The classic Valpolicella wine is only produced in a small part of the territory. The original area stretches from Negrar in the east through to Sant’Ambrogio in the west.

In this evocative landscape, of rolling hills and verdant valleys, is a land that has been producing wine dating back to the 5th century. It is here that your visit should focus.

Where to Stay

Without a doubt try to stay at the Monte Tondo, the place is quite a legend and you will need to book early but, if you are lucky enough to get in, you won’t regret it. The Monte Tondo is a perfect base for exploring not only the Valpolicella wine route but also the Soave wine route, Lake Garda and nearby towns like Verona.

The Wines

Cultivation is mainly at lower altitudes on the lower foothills of the dolomites. Most vineyards are at around 200metres above sea level although this can rise to nearly 500 meters along the northern and eastern borders of the territory.

Valpolicella is made from a blend of Rondinella, Corvina and Molinara grapes with Rondinella being the dominant variety. The wine itself is a strong ruby red with a nose that often recalls almonds and cherries. It is an ideal wine to drink with pasta or as an aperitif with the local salami.

Estates to Visit

Three of the estates to tour in the “classic” part of the Valpolicella region are Boscaini Carlo Tommasi and Vini San Michele.

Boscaini

A lovely winery – the photo at the top of the page is taken from the surrounding hills looking down towards the farmhouse.

Vini San Michele

Charming, family run estate, the Righetti family’s love for this ancient land and for its bounty is obvious in everything they do. For generations the family have been producing excellent “boutique wines” long before the term became fashionable.

Tommasi

A firm favorite of mine producing a superb Amarone Valpolicella, for more on the estate and their wines click here


You'll Enjoy These...

  • Venice is number on our Italian bucket list and it should be on yours too. In this city of enchantment no time spent here is ever enough...

    Venice & Burano- Pictures to Dream By

    Venice is number on our Italian bucket list and it should be on yours too. In this city of enchantment no time spent here is ever enough...

  • This famous Verona castle was built in the 14th century, by Cangrande “Rabid Dog” della Scala. The castle includes an escape route across...

    A Splendid Verona Castle called Castelvecchio

    This famous Verona castle was built in the 14th century, by Cangrande “Rabid Dog” della Scala. The castle includes an escape route across...

  • Looking to buy gold jewellery in Italy? No place beats Vicenza, The world capital of gold jewellery making. Visit the home of Italian gold!

    Gold Jewellery in Italy

    Looking to buy gold jewellery in Italy? No place beats Vicenza, The world capital of gold jewellery making. Visit the home of Italian gold!

  • From Verona to Venice and beyond I have selected the best Veneto hotels and bed and breakfasts. My family has lived here for generations and these hotels are those I can recommend with confidence....

    The Best Veneto Hotels - Personally Selected by Maria

    From Verona to Venice and beyond I have selected the best Veneto hotels and bed and breakfasts. My family has lived here for generations and these hotels are those I can recommend with confidence....

  • Give the gift of love straight from Italy -  the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer in Italy? We've a way for you to bring that joy home with you...

    Summer in Italy... All Year Round

    Give the gift of love straight from Italy - the land of amore. Have you experienced a summer in Italy? We've a way for you to bring that joy home with you...

  • The town of Asolo is always considered to be one of the loveliest towns in all of Italy. For centuries it has drawn artists, writers and poets. Here's why...

    The Town of Asolo

    The town of Asolo is always considered to be one of the loveliest towns in all of Italy. For centuries it has drawn artists, writers and poets. Here's why...

  • Verona is a magnificent city. Enjoy these gorgeous photos and a funny video or two while joining me, Maria, in discovering its secrets.

    Discovering Verona

    Verona is a magnificent city. Enjoy these gorgeous photos and a funny video or two while joining me, Maria, in discovering its secrets.

  • Sightseeing in Verona Italy -  discover the real Verona not the tourist traps most tourists end up seeing. An insiders guide to this great city.

    Sightseeing in Verona Italy

    Sightseeing in Verona Italy - discover the real Verona not the tourist traps most tourists end up seeing. An insiders guide to this great city.

  • Ever thought of starting a new life in Italy? Well, the two little towns of Breganze and Thiene are worth considering, both are great places to live or to visit

    Breganze and Thiene

    Ever thought of starting a new life in Italy? Well, the two little towns of Breganze and Thiene are worth considering, both are great places to live or to visit

  • Aren't these Verona photos absolutely magical? There is also so much insider information on what to see and do in this most enchanting of Italian cities.

    Verona Photos Features a Collection of Beautiful Pictures

    Aren't these Verona photos absolutely magical? There is also so much insider information on what to see and do in this most enchanting of Italian cities.

  • Some lovely pictures of Veneto and Venice Italy. Our site is an insiders guide to this magical region of Italy. A ghost can be seen in the third photo

    Stunning Pictures of Veneto Italy

    Some lovely pictures of Veneto and Venice Italy. Our site is an insiders guide to this magical region of Italy. A ghost can be seen in the third photo

  • Join me in discovering the various wine regions of Italy and some of the best Italian wines and wine estates from these regions.

    Wine Regions of Italy

    Join me in discovering the various wine regions of Italy and some of the best Italian wines and wine estates from these regions.

  • Need a romantic getaway? Looking for a family holiday? Whatever you want Lake Garda has something suited to you. Let me share its secrets...

    Lake Garda: Maps, Beaches, Restaurants and much more.

    Need a romantic getaway? Looking for a family holiday? Whatever you want Lake Garda has something suited to you. Let me share its secrets...

  • The insider’s guide to the best ski resorts in Italy. We have lived in 2 of Italy’s major ski regions and we share with you  tips for perfect Italian skiing

    The Best Ski Resorts in Italy

    The insider’s guide to the best ski resorts in Italy. We have lived in 2 of Italy’s major ski regions and we share with you tips for perfect Italian skiing

  • Near Venice you will find one of the Veneto's best kept secrets, the village of Asolo, known as the "city of a hundred horizons."

    Asolo Italy - City of a Hundred Horizons

    Near Venice you will find one of the Veneto's best kept secrets, the village of Asolo, known as the "city of a hundred horizons."

  • Treviso Italy is often just the place you pass through on the way to Venice. Don't make this mistake. Spend a few days here and discover...

    Treviso Italy - The Friendliest Town in Italy?

    Treviso Italy is often just the place you pass through on the way to Venice. Don't make this mistake. Spend a few days here and discover...

  • Want to visit the balcony of Romeo and Juliet in Verona Italy? Read more about the balcony, romance and Verona in our Secrets of Verona Guide.

    Finding Romeo and Juliet in Verona Italy

    Want to visit the balcony of Romeo and Juliet in Verona Italy? Read more about the balcony, romance and Verona in our Secrets of Verona Guide.

  • These 6 places to see near Venice are awesome. If you're visiting Venice you seriously DO NOT want to miss out on seeing them.

    6 Places to See near Venice - Updated for 2023

    These 6 places to see near Venice are awesome. If you're visiting Venice you seriously DO NOT want to miss out on seeing them.

  • Discover Belluno Italy, one of the loveliest setting of any town in Italy - just look at the photos! Known as the mountain Venice.

    Belluno Italy The Mountain Venice

    Discover Belluno Italy, one of the loveliest setting of any town in Italy - just look at the photos! Known as the mountain Venice.

  • Verona Italy is a magical city, a city of romance and history. Read our insider’s guide to discovering its secrets.

    Verona Italy - An Insider's Guide

    Verona Italy is a magical city, a city of romance and history. Read our insider’s guide to discovering its secrets.

  • Arqua Petrarca has been voted one of the loveliest towns in Italy. Filled with cobbled streets, quaint squares and picturesque churches.

    Arqua Petrarca - The Poet's Village

    Arqua Petrarca has been voted one of the loveliest towns in Italy. Filled with cobbled streets, quaint squares and picturesque churches.

  • There are many gorgeous small towns scattered throughout Italy. We've made it our mission to discover some of the best. Portobuffole is one of them...

    Portobuffole - One of the Top Italian Small Towns

    There are many gorgeous small towns scattered throughout Italy. We've made it our mission to discover some of the best. Portobuffole is one of them...

  • Looking for things for children to do in Italy? Having children myself and having spent ten years living in Italy I have discovered some wonderful places for the kids...

    Three Things for Children to do in Italy

    Looking for things for children to do in Italy? Having children myself and having spent ten years living in Italy I have discovered some wonderful places for the kids...

  • Dolomites Holidays features some of the most beautiful parts of the Dolomites. From great places to stay to special places to visit...

    Dolomites Holidays - The Guide to this Region of Italy

    Dolomites Holidays features some of the most beautiful parts of the Dolomites. From great places to stay to special places to visit...

  • Visiting Venice? Want to explore a little of the wonderful Veneto region in which Venice is located? Then our Veneto & Venice Itinerary is just what you need.

    The Veneto & Venice Itinerary

    Visiting Venice? Want to explore a little of the wonderful Veneto region in which Venice is located? Then our Veneto & Venice Itinerary is just what you need.

Please Book with Us... Maria here, if you enjoy my site I'd love your support.

Simply book your next trip anywhere (not only to Italy) via the link below or with any of the hotel links on the website.

You'll get the best deal available and the income I receive helps me to remain independent and to keep bringing you more of beautiful Italy.

Click to Begin

More Travel Tips:

  1. Book your tickets to museums and other attractions in advance on Tiqets.com
  2. Book your accommodation. Booking.com and Agoda both help you to book accommodation in advance and check availability on the days of your travels
  3. Book your excursions. Wherever you go, make the most of your time! Excursions with professional guides will help you do this - choose a location and the best option for yourself on Viator or Getyourguide
  4. Book your car. At least a month before is best. Use Discover Car Hire.
  5. Cash Back on Flights: Great deals & money back with WayAway
  6. Get Insured with TravelInsurance.com

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.