The grapes for the Cortegiara Amarone are grown in vineyards located in the hills of the Valpolicella area, in Colline di Grezzana, Montorio and Marcellise. The vineyards are situated at 180-250 metres above sea level and face south-east, on chalky, well-drained soils. They are pergola trained, with about 3,000 vines per hectare. The vines are 31 years old on average and are pruned with 14-15 buds per fruiting cane.
At the head of production is the renowned Italian winemaking family, Allegrini. The brand “Corte Giara” began in 1989 in collaboration with a select group of grape growers, produce sourced from outside Allegrini’s own vineyards. The idea was to expand Allegrini’s production, to introduce of range of international varietals and easily accessible, modern wines.
70% Corvina, 30% Rondinella.
Vinification does not begin until the second half of January, as harvested grapes are put through a drying process for 3-4 months. Fermentation at controlled temperatures occurs in stainless steel tanks for 22-24 days, before ageing which lasts 5 months in stainless steel tanks, a further 15 months in oak and then 6 months in the bottle before release.
Perfect with the classic Venison casserole (even with chocolate in the sauce), genuinely works well with white and mature cheeses, eg aged Cheddar, Comté. And yes absolutely magical with Haggis (swede and potato). Or simply enjoy as an after dinner drink by a roaring fire and with a good film.