Discover the oldest wine of the Roman history
Recioto: the 1st D.O.C.G wine of the Valpolicella!
This wine is so unique, that is not even exported outside Verona!
Let’s discover why…
In the world of winemaking, certain wines stand as testaments to the rich tapestry of history. One such wine is Recioto, a jewel in the crown of Italian viticulture.It holds the distinction of being the first wine produced by the Romans, dating back to ancient times.
Let’s journey through time and uncover the captivating story of Recioto.
Recioto finds its roots in the Valpolicella region of Italy, nestled in the rolling hills near Verona. This ancient wine is made from partially dried grapes, a technique known as appassimento. The Romans discovered that drying the grapes on straw mats or in well-ventilated rooms before fermentation would concentrate their sugars and flavors, resulting in a lusciously sweet wine.
What sets Recioto apart is not just its ancient origins, but its unique winemaking process. The grapes are carefully harvested and left to dry for several months, allowing the natural sugars to concentrate. This extended drying period gives Recioto its distinctive sweetness and rich flavors.
The resulting wine is a symphony of aromas and flavors. Recioto wines are characterized by their deep ruby color and a bouquet of dried fruits, such as raisins, figs, and prunes. On the palate, they offer a harmonious balance of sweetness and acidity, with notes of chocolate, honey, and spices.
Each sip is a journey through time, a taste of ancient winemaking traditions.
So, the next time you savor a glass of Recioto, take a moment to appreciate the centuries of history that have gone into its creation.
Let the flavors transport you back in time, to an era when the Romans first crafted this exquisite wine. Raise a glass to Recioto, a true testament to the enduring allure of ancient winemaking traditions!
The name “Recioto” is believed to be derived from the Latin word “recisus,” meaning “to cut off.” This refers to the ancient practice of cutting the grape clusters from the vine at the peak of ripeness, carefully selecting the best grapes for winemaking. The Romans recognized the potential of this winemaking method, developing it into an art form that would shape the future of winemaking in the region.
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