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Recioto (Italy)

Recioto Grapes

Recioto is a famous sweet wine known as the sweet ancestor of Amarone.

Serving Temperature

12-14°C (54-57°F)

Flavors

Cherry
Morello Cherry
Berries
Berries
Raisins
Raisins
Botanical
Aromatic
Herbs

Typical flavors of Recioto wines are: Cherries. Berries. Raisins. Aromatic Herbs.

Food Pairing Recioto

Meditation
Meditation
Cakes
Cakes
Chocolate
Dark
Chocolate
Cheese
Strong
Cheese

Food Pairing: Meditation. Chocolate. Desserts. Dry Biscuits. Cakes. Strong Cheeses.

About Recioto

Recioto is a passito DOCG wine from the Veneto region in north-east Italy.

The name comes from the local dialect "recie" which means "ears".

The "recie" are the two small bunches of grape growing on the two sides of a bigger bunch, like ears on the two sides of a face.

These "recie" are more exposed to sunlight and closest to the stem, therefore the sweetest. In Autumn, after harvest, the "recie" remain in lofts above wineries to dry for 4 months.

Lofts are well-ventilated to prevent undesired mold from forming.

Towards the end of January, the semi-dried grapes are squeezed and can start the skin contact fermentation, which must be interrupted at the right stage in order to preserve its sweet taste. So it is stored for aging.

A legend says that a winemaker forgot to stop the fermentation, resulting in a bitter Recioto. Bitter in italian is "amaro". The wine was called "the great bitter": Amarone.

The typical grape varieties are Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara.

The Valpolicella Wine Region

The wines from the Valpolicella Wine Region range from light style Valpolicella to strong style Amarone and dessert wine Recioto:

  1. Valpolicella: the Lightest.
  2. Ripasso: the Bolder.
  3. Amarone: the King.
  4. Recioto: the Sweet.

Veneto

Veneto is famous for its capital Venezia, and the wines Prosecco, Soave, and Amarone.

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