The Sweet & Spicy Notes of Valpolicella Ripasso!

Valpolicella Ripasso is a type of Valpolicella Superiore, a dry Italian made in the Veneto region of Italy. The name “Ripasso” literally means “re-passed”, and refers to the winemaking process where partially dried grape skins left over from fermentation of Amarone or Recioto are added to the Valpolicella blend. This gives the additional structure, complexity and depth of flavor.

Valpolicella Ripasso has a deep, ruby-red color with aromas of ripe cherries, dried herbs and sweet spices. On the palate, it has a rich texture with balanced tannins and flavors of ripe fruit, vanilla and baking spices. It is full-bodied with a long finish that leaves behind notes of leather and tobacco.

The traditional Valpolicella Ripasso is made from thee native grapes: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara. This blend gives the wine its signature balance between acidity and tannins. Corvina Veronese provides bright cherry flavors as well as structure; Rondinella adds floral aromas and contributes to softer tannins; while Molinara brings acidity to balance out the blend.

When it comes to food pairing, Valpolicella Ripasso pairs perfectly with tomato-based pasta dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese or lasagna; roasted meats such as pork or beef; grilled vegetables; risotto; hard cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano; or creamy desserts like tiramisu or panna cotta.

Valpolicella Ripasso is best enjoyed slightly chilled at 15°C (59°F). It can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or accompanying your meal for an elegant yet casual experience you won't soon forget!

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What Is Valpolicella Ripasso Wine?

Valpolicella Ripasso is a full-bodied Italian red wine made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes grown in the Veneto region. The wine undergoes a second fermentation using partially dried grape skins that have been left over from the fermentation of Amarone and Recioto, both wines are also produced in the Valpolicella area. This process adds complexity, body and tannins to the wine resulting in a rich and intense flavor profile. Valpolicella Ripasso's unique character ofen includes aromas of dark fruits such as blackberry, cherry and plum as well as subtle herbaceous notes of tobacco, leather and spice. On the palate it offers smooth tannins, vibrant acidity and a lingering finish. It pairs well with roasted meats, game dishes and sharp cheeses.

The Sweetness of Valpolicella Ripasso

Valpolicella Ripasso is a dry red wine. It is made with the same grapes as Valpolicella, but with a slightly different production process. The grape skins and seeds of Amarone are added to Valpolicella during fermentation, providing additional tannins and complexity to the wine. This production method is known as Ripasso, and it results in a wine that has more body than traditional Valpolicella and more depth of flavour than an average dry red. The result is a dry, full-bodied red wine with moderate tannins and flavours of dark cherry, plum, leather, and spice.

The Taste of Valpolicella Ripasso

Valpolicella Ripasso is a full-bodied Italian red wine made from Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. It has a deep ruby color with aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry, dried fruits, leather, and tobacco. On the palate, it has a pleasant tannic texture along with flavors of ripe red fruit, sweet spice, and hints of oak. The second fermentation process adds complexity to the wine and gives it an earthy quality that pairs well with hearty Italian dishes. Valpolicella Ripasso is easy to drink on its own but can also be enjoyed alongside aged cheeses or roasted meats.

The Body of Valpolicella Ripasso Wine

Valpolicella Ripasso is a full-bodied wine, often with a velvety texture. The flavors and aromas of Ripasso wines typically include notes of ripe red fruit, raisins, spices, tobacco, and vanilla due to the time spent aging in oak . As this wine has been fermented twice on the skins of dried grapes, it is usually fuller-bodied than other Valpolicella wines. The content is generally higher as well. Enjoy your Valpolicella Ripasso slightly chilled to enjoy the fullest flavor and body.

The Weight of Valpolicella Wine

No, Valpolicella is not a heavy wine. It is a light-bodied red wine that has a fresh and lively character. It has an easy drinking style with bright aromas of red fruit and floral notes. The taste is light and smooth, making it the perfect summer refreshment. It usually contains low to medium tannins and low alcohol content, which makes it very refreshing and easy to drink. You can even serve it slightly chilled for a crisp, light flavor.


In conclusion, Valpolicella Ripasso is an easy-drinking red wine that has a great tannin texture and notes of ripe red fruit, sweet spice, and leathery aromas. It is usually fuller-bodied and velvety with added notes such as baking spice, vanilla, and/or chocolate from the oak aging process. This wine is best enjoyed slightly chilled and is an excellent choice for any occasion.

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