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Italian wine and grape guide : Corvinone

Corvinone

In the past, the variety Corvinone was mistakenly considered a biotype of Corvina and got its independence only recently (1993), making now obsolete the term ”Corvine” that was used to indicate the whole “family” of vines. The grape Corvinone is widely grown in Veneto and used in the Valpolicella blends.

The name Corvinone may have come from the almost black colour that recalls the plumage of the raven, or from “corba”, the basket in which the grapes were transported, a name that is common in various local synonyms (“corbina”).

The Corvinone berry is black, big, bigger than the Corvina, ellipsoidal with waxy, blue-black skin. The bunch is large, pyramidal, with one or two wings, medium compact with a large, elongated pentagonal, five-lobed leaf. The vine prefers alluvial soils, stony, hilly and ventilated, with good exposure.

The Corvinone grape creates wines of ruby red colour, with deep flavours, fruity, sometimes spicy and smoot, with body and tannins.

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