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Rondinella

Rondinella is a dark-skinned grape variety grown mainly in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy. It is used as a blending grape in the production of Valpolicella, Bardolino and Amarone wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Rondinella is a dark-skinned grape variety with thick skins. Its characteristic is often described as neutral, with a pleasant herbacous note. Rarely comes in pure single varital form, the taste profile varies depending on the style of the wine.

Fresh Rondinella grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Rondinella is mainly grown in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy, particularly in Valpolicella and Bardolino. It is also grown in Australia in small quantities. Rondinella is fairly easy to grow, with a great resistance to cold and drought. It is not susceptible to botrytis and very adaptive to different soil types. Rondinella is mainly used as a blending component in the production of Valpolicella, Bardolino and Amarone wines. Valpolicella and Bardolino are light and fruity wines with subtle aromas and flavors, while Amarone is a full-bodied and complex wine with intense aromas and flavors of ripe cherries and plums. Wines made with Rondinella range from fresh, ligh and easy drinking to robust, rich and structured, they pairs well with a variety of dishes, from lighter fare such as salads and pasta dishes to heartier dishes such as game and roasts.

Foods to pair with Rondinella:

Pasta
Pizza
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Rondinella
Rondinella is a "mutant" grape variety that is believed to have been created by a natural mutation of the Corvina grape variety.

Top Wines with Rondinella

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Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

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Masi Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a robust and full-bodied red wine from the Valpolicella region in Veneto, Italy. This intense, complex wine has aromas of dried cherries and plums, as well as notes of vanilla, coffee and spice. On the palate, it offers layers of dark fruit flavors, with a firm structure and a lingering finish. It's perfect for drinking now or to cellar for years to come. Enjoy this bold and expressive Amarone with red meat dishes, game, or aged cheeses.
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Masi Campofiorin Rosso Veronese is a premium red wine produced by Masi Agricola, a renowned winery in the Veneto region of Italy. The wine is made from a blend of indigenous grape varieties grown in the rolling hills of Verona. The vineyards are characterized by their unique soil composition and microclimate, which impart distinct flavors and aromas to the grapes. The winemaking process involves a unique technique called "double fermentation," which enhances the wine's complexity and depth. The resulting wine is a rich, full-bodied red with notes of dark fruit, spice, and chocolate. Masi Campofiorin Rosso Veronese is a perfect choice for those seeking a premium Italian wine with a unique flavor profile.
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Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore is a remarkable wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned Valpolicella appellation in Italy, this wine is crafted with meticulous care. The vineyard features ideal conditions, with sun-drenched slopes and well-drained soil, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves a unique technique called "ripasso," where the wine is refermented on the skins of Amarone grapes, adding depth and complexity. The result is a wine with a rich and velvety texture, bursting with flavors of ripe dark fruits, spices, and a hint of chocolate. This wine embodies the perfect balance between tradition and innovation, making it a true delight for wine enthusiasts.
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Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

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This full-bodied Amarone della Valpolicella Classico from Zenato is a bold and complex expression of the Valpolicella region. On the nose, aromas of ripe blackberries, dried figs, and dark spices mingle with notes of dried herbs and sweet vanilla. On the palate, the flavor profile is intense and concentrated, with ripe, jammy fruit, rich cocoa, and licorice flavors, balanced by a touch of oak and tobacco. The finish is long and persistent with a lingering hint of toasted almonds. Enjoy this Amarone with rich, gamey dishes or aged cheeses.
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"Allegrini Palazzo della Torre" is a classic Italian red wine produced by the esteemed winery Allegrini, located in the Valpolicella of Veneto, Italy. The wine is made using a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Sangiovese grapes, grown in the vineyards of the Palazzo della Torre estate, which feature limestone and clay soils. The winemaking process involves a unique technique called "ripasso," in which a portion of the wine undergoes a second fermentation on dried grape skins, adding richness and depth to the wine. The wine exhibits aromas of dark fruit, cherry, and chocolate, with a full-bodied and velvety palate, showcasing the elegant and complex style of the Veneto region.
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