Molinara

Common synonyms: Breppion Scavolegno, Breppion Scuro, Breppon, Molinara Ciara, Molinara Rada, Pola, Rossanella, Rossanella Gentile, Rossara, Rossara della Forcella, Rossiccio Chiaro, Scavolegno, Sola, Uva Salata, Vespone

Parentage of the grape: None found.

History of the grape: Traditionally used to add acidity to the Valpolicella blend, it is being phased out due to its propensity for rapid oxidation.

Characteristics of the grape: Pale in color, high in acidity, light in body. Can be tannic.

Regions where the grape currently is important: The Veneto.

Type or types of wines the grape produces: This variety is a traditional blending partner in Amarone, Valpolicella, and Bardolino. Its already minor role in these wines is shrinking further, however, as quality-minded producers replace it with Corvina and Rondinella.

Valpolicella can be anything from a relatively light and fresh wine to a rich one made in the ripasso style.

Amarone is fermented dry from grapes that are dried on straw Read more »

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