Why we love it
Valpolicella Ripasso is a red wine from Veneto that takes its name from the wine making process followed, the Ripasso is made by repassing, ripasso in Italian, the Valpolicella wine on the Amarone must for a few days to add body and character to the Valpolicella wine, and then aged in barrels.
Valpolicella Ripasso is also often called baby Amarone, we don’t really agree with that definition, the Amarone is a very different wine however, the Valpolicella Ripasso shows some of the Amarone characteristics and from a pure price point of view, it offers outstanding value for money.
Our Ripasso della Valpolicella is made from grapes grown in the Classico area of the Valpolicella area, hence its name, Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico, from vineyards located at about 400mt above sea level, from a single vineyard called the “Quare”, and it is a fantastic red wine, big, bold, elegant, with a rich and complex nose, with scents of ripe fruit and spices and vanilla. In the palate this wine is warm, full and smooth with plenty of fruit, perfect to accompany stews or boiled meat, offering outstanding value for money.
The artisan who made it
Over the generations, the Gamba winery has been passed down from father to son and it is now run by the three brothers Giovanni, Giuseppe and Martino helped by their own sons and daughters. Located right in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area and spanning six acres, they grow the classic Valpolicella grapes, from Corvina to Rondinella with which then they make the classic Valpolicella wines, from valpolicella to amarone, from valpolicella ripasso to a recioto della valpolicella.