Corvina is a type of wine grape used to make wines of the same name. Also known as the Corvina Veronese, it grows mostly in Northeast Italy, in the Veneto region.
Key cultivation areas for this grape variety include the hills of Valpolicella, which lie northeast of Verona. Valpolicella is a key Italian wine-producing area which gives its name to wines originating from that region.
Corvina: A Flavorful Grape
The Corvina grape can be difficult to cultivate, but is highly prized for its delightful flavor. The Corvina grape is small, with a blue-black color, and it resists rot. Alluvial, chalky and volcanic soils produce the grapes with the best flavors. While some wines are made of 100 percent Corvina, it is much more typical for Corvina to be blended to make other wines such as Bardolino, Valpolicella and Amarone, among others.
This grape makes up most of the blend in Bardolino and Valpolicello, with the rest made up of Rondinella, Negrara and Molinara grapes. Corvina is used in a variety of red wines, with the color ranging from a light, cherry red to a deep color similar to port. Valpolicellas must contain no more than 70 percent Corvina and are 11 to 12 percent alcohol by volume.
If you”re interested in sampling the wide range of Corvina wines on the market, brands to look out for include:
- Vigna Corvina Cerasuolo
- Vigna Corvina Montepulciano
- Vigna Corvina Trebbiano.
Among the Vigna Corvina wines, the Amarone variety is one of the best Italian wines. It is a concentrated dry wine with perfumed aromas.
Valpolicellas make great table wines and are the second largest controlled appellation wine in Italy. There are several varieties. Valpolicella Classico is an aromatic wine with fruity flavors, which goes well with pasta dishes and soups. Valpolicella Classico Superiore is aged for a year and works well with stews and roasts. Reicioto Della Valpolicella is velvety, sweet, fruity and very strong. It”s the perfect accompaniment to pastries. Reicioto Amarone is dry and goes well with cheeses. When choosing Valpolicellas, Bolla, Tommasi and Allegrini are among the top producers of this Corvina-based wine.