Wine Church Amarone
Amarone della Valpolicella is Italian red wine from the Valpolicella region in the province of Veneto. Amarone is made from a blend of indigenous grape varieties. Special production methods give it its own classification within the region.
Instead of using freshly picked, ripe grapes for fermentation, Amarone winemakers use partially dried-out, almost raisin-like grapes, during fermentation. This means the sugars and flavors are concentrated because there is less water in each grape.
The process is called appassimento which involves drying the grapes in crates or on racks over the winter months. This drying out process evaporates the water in the grapes and reduces their weight by about 30%. This means there is an increase in the sugar concentration allowing for higher alcohol content in Amarone wine.