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Changes in the Valpolicella Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto production regulations

Changes in the Valpolicella Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto production regulations

Important changes to the Valpolicella Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto production regulations, from the 2019 vintage, have been announced by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella in order to safeguard the quality of an appellation undergoing a strong phase of development.

The percentage of Corvinone in the DOC blend (formerly a maximum of 50%, now between 45 and 95%): the variety, which is more resistant to water stress and esca, can now completely replace Corvina. Residual sugar allowed for Amarone has also been reduced from 12g/litre to 9g/litre. The Valpolicella DOC will be able to resort to screw caps for bottles up to 1.5 litres, for better integration on international markets.

 

Vineyards in Valpolicella

 

New rules for Valpolicella Ripasso

A crackdown on Valpolicella Ripasso, which grew by 128% between 2008 and 2018: from this vintage it will have to include 10-15% of wine destined to Amarone and/or Recioto left on pomace after racking. The Ripasso technique will take place in one go (without double or triple Ripasso operations), and both wine and pomace will have to belong to the same producer.

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