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Italian wine and grape guide : Corvina

Corvina

The Corvina grape has unclear, although recent origins (the first references are of 1600) that suggest an authochthonal variety of Valpolicella. It owes its name probably to the intense color of the berries, very dark, almost black. This grape makes part in the composition of one of the greatest Italian wines, Amarone della Valpolicella. Corvina is spread all over the Veronese, but is also present in Lombardy in the Garda area. Rarely it is vinified alone, and enters with high percentages in the wines of Valpolicella, Bardolino and Garda Orientale. Its berry is black and of medium size thick, blue-violet colored skin, covered with abundant bloom. The bunch is medium, cylindrical pyramidal, compact, often equipped with a wing and with a medium, pentagonal and five-lobed leaf. The Corvina grape adapts to different forms of training and pruning. It is a delicate grape and hardly suitable for mechanized farming. It gives a deep red wine. The fragrance shows aromas of plum and caramel, slightly tannic and fruity, rich in acidity.