Founded in 1924, the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella is an association of grapevine growers, winemakers, and bottlers of Valpolicella wine production area, that includes 19 municipalities of Verona province. As the Consorzio represents more than the 80% of the producers using “Valpolicella” appellation, it promotes activities to enhance the value of the whole territory: the wine and its area of origin, Valpolicella history, traditions and the typical features that make its landscape unique in the world.
The Consorzio has very important institutional tasks: it takes care of promotion, value enhancement, and information spread for Valpolicella wines and territory and it is responsible for the tutelage of Valpolicella brand and viticulture in Valpolicella wine production area. It is in charge of the surveillance, safeguard, and protection of the appellation.
The wide production area of Valpolicella DOC and DOCG wines includes the hilly area of Verona province and is divided into three different zones, according to the production regulations:
- The Classica, formed by five geographic areas, including the valleys of Fumane, Marano and Negrar and the areas around SantAmbrogio di Valpolicella and San Pietro in Cariano.
- The Valpantena valley.
- The DOC area includes the Avesa and Quinzano valleys, two small areas located between Classica and Valpantena and other five valleys of the Eastern Valpolicella.
The Valpolicella is located north of Verona. It is just east of the Lake Garda and is protected by the Lessini Mountains to the east and to the north. It covers Verona foothills area, which is part of the Eastern Alps. From a morphological point of view, the Valpolicella landscape has a very heterogeneous structure. We can ideally think of Valpolicella as a fan-shaped territory, formed by a series of valleys originating win Verona area and developing towards the north. Valpolicella landscape is characterized by hills, soft slopes, and hill-high watersheds, mostly covered with vineyards, olive and cherry trees. These territorys geological and climatic features are the basis for the production of original and typical wines.
Vines are traditionally pergola-trained, according to the typical “pergola Veronese” system. Valpolicella winemakers experience draws both on traditional and innovative techniques. To help the spread of innovation, over the last few years the Consorzio has been contributing to the promotion of sustainable and environment-friendly grapevine growing techniques.
The main grape varieties of the area are Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella. Other lesser-used varieties are Molinara, Dindarella, and Oseleta. All of them are strictly indigenous and thus can be found within the Verona province only. The wines of the appellation are Valpolicella DOC, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, and Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG.