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Corvina is an Italian red wine variety famously known for its role in Valpolicella, Molinara, and Rondinella wines. Corvina based wines tends toward a shiny red color, and are light in structure. These wines are most cited for their flavor notes of sour cherry, its typical lack of color (the color can vary greatly from producer to producer), and minimal tannins.

Corvina ripens late in the season (from late September to early October, which can cause issues with some producers). However, Corvina’s thick skin lends itself very well to apassimento (the process for air drying grapes). This apassimento process involves spreading the grapes upon straw mats after harvest. The drying process concentrates the natural flavors of the grape, and help it develop phenols and sugars. This method is key to the production of Recioto della Valpolicella, and Amarone wines, and is used (to a lesser extent) with Ripasso wines.

WineStyle recommends this great Italian wine with: fried chicken livers, porcini mushroom soup, and char siu.

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Corvina based wines are mentioned in the 6th century writings of Cassiodoro (one of the magistrates under the Visigoth King: Theodorus) who describes them as sweet, being made from the half dried grapes of Verona. It is mentioned again in 643 by the Lombard King Rotari, who declared Corvina (amongst other local varieties) a protected vine, and was to be secured from being pulled and replaced.

Over the last century, Corvina’s popularity has waxed and waned. During the 1980s, Corvina suffered a major blow, as it was excessively harvested and rushed through Valpolicella wine production. These wines had very little color, and had a stingy, flat, flavor. In recent years this poor reputation has improved due to barrel-aging and longer maceration (to lend more color) techniques. These efforts have caused a gratifying upswing in quality and popularity. Order now! Buy this excellent wine from our online shop, our delivery is very fast, our price is reasonable and your sale is always a guaranteed purchase.

Corvina vineyards are concentrated mainly in Italy’s northeastern corner, and is the source of DOC, DOCG and IGT wines. The bulk of wines produced are: Bardolino, Amarone, and Valpolicella, but that it not all. There are 100% Corvina wine varieties carrying the regional IGT title.

Corvina grapes are small, having a blue-black-purple to red color and are resistant to rot. The clusters grow to medium size, pyramid shaped bunches, with thick skins. Corvina is a somewhat finicky vine and can be difficult to cultivate. If planted in its preferred chalky, volcanic soils, it displays vigorous growth. However if planted in clayey-calcareous soil its growth will be halting. Both vine and grape are extremely resistant to winter cold. When blended, Corvina can add pivotal quality, endowing the blend with high acidity, and distinctive cherry and herbaceous flavors.

Outside of Italy, Corvina is relatively unknown and has yet to spread to most nations. However, there are experimental vineyards in Argentina and Australia.

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