There are many shades of red found in Valpolicella. And if wine shades are the most obvious, the territory offers us unexpected experiences.
The word Valpolicella immediately leads to the association with still red wine. It is a long and intense history. Over time they have constantly increased quality and reputation. Today, also thanks to the extraordinary fame of Verona in the world, Valpolicella is for sure one of the leading territories of Italian wine. Located between the city of Verona and Lake Garda, it has always enjoyed the ideal climatic condition for growing grapes.
Valpolicella enjoys an ideal climatic condition, a very long tradition, and original native vines, available only in this privileged valley. The location very close to the city of Verona favors it in terms of accessibility and notoriety.
The vines evoke the names of birds: Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella play the most distinctive game. Other local vines, in smaller percentages, complete the blend.
The walking tour runs in the heart of the classic Valpolicella. It is a circular route uphill through the wood towards San Giorgio in Valpolicella in the first part. San Giorgio in Valpolicella is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy (Borghi più Belli d’Italia), and a tour guide will provide all the information about the monuments. The tour continues with the lunch paired with local wines in different styles. The return will take place on an alternative route.
The excursion begins in the municipality of Sant’Ambrogio in Valpolicella. It starts in the hamlet of Gargagnago and proceeds into the woods on a slight slope. After about 50 minutes, we reach the town of San Giorgio in Valpolicella. A tour guide will accompany us in the knowledge of the place and the ancient parish church that stands on the top of the hill. The village testifies and celebrates centuries of history and the human presence in this area. Valpolicella and its wines are probably among the most famous Italian wine areas globally. However, wine is not a unique resource. Another precious resource contends with wine for supremacy, in this case of beauty rather than taste. The tour is about 7 km long and lasts about 5 hours including the tasting.
The excursion includes the tasting of Valpolicella wines in combination with the meal. The wines tasted are 3, one of which is Amarone Della Valpolicella doc. Wine pairing with food is due to the traditional Italian concept of wine consumption, where the combination of food and wine enhances each other. The table is the place par excellence of sociability, of which wine is an indispensable part. Tasting together with food helps to take alcohol more slowly and better tolerate its effects, also considering the high gradations.
The earth’s products always tell stories of nature and the men and women who have cared for them for centuries. A wine guide has designed and guided the walking tour in Valpolicella. Suppose you love the outdoors and want to experience a wine tourism experience, in addition to the usual visit to the cellar. In that case, this experience will allow you to get to know a territory in its deepest roots.
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