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Despite its powerful flavours, Corvina is capable of extreme complexity.

Franco Allegrini at the forefront of Corvina
Franco Allegrini at the forefront of Corvina
While some plantings exist elsewhere, Corvina's home is the Veneto in North East Italy. It is here that it is used - usually blended, but sometimes solo - to produce the iconic wines of Bardolino and espeially Valpolicella. Records show that Corvina has grown in this area for many centuries.
 
Despite its powerful flavours, Corvina is capable of extreme complexity. Bardolino and basic Valpolicella often make medium-bodied fruity wines, whereas the Amarone makers use the Apassimento process. The grapes are dried - usually on straw mats - before fermentation. The shrivelled grapes produce intense prune and fig flavours alongside its usual fruit notes. Here, Corvina also makes the region's sweet wine, Recioto della Valpolicella.