Find Amore for Amarone Wine, Just Outside of Verona, Italy
Among the verdant, rolling hills of Italy’s Valpolicella region near Verona, winemakers have been turning out wine since ancient Greek times. Once we’d soaked up Verona’s architectural splendor, we traded city life there for a wine-tasting excursion in the countryside, replete with the region’s famed Amarone & Valpolicella wine.
Our escape took us to the Massimago Winery in the village of Mezzane di Sotto, situated in one of five valleys of the Valpolicella region. As we left Verona, the city’s pleasant hustle and bustle gradually gave way to lush green vineyards recently awakened from a winter slumber, slopes occasionally dotted with lacy cherry-blossom trees, cypresses stretching to the sky, and graceful estates.
After the tasting and nibbling session – with our favorite not surprisingly being the Amarone, literally ‘the bitter’ because of its full-bodied taste – Shawn and I set out to explore the estate’s grounds replete with vineyards, olive trees, fruit orchards, and biodiversity. At the edge of the neighboring forest, we yearned to further explore this landscape of the Veneto that looked as though it’d sprung forth from a canvas. The setting sun caused us to take a different path though, and as we rode home, the Amarone’s cherry, plum, and cinnamon notes still danced on our palates, reminding us that we must return.
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