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Winery #68: Fratelli Vogadori (Valpolicella, Italy)

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

Our final stop in Italy’s Valpolicella region was Fratelli Vogadori, a family-owned and operated estate. The host led us through the tasting of six wines and a grappa, a famous Italian spirit produced with grape byproducts from the wine production process. We sat in a large tasting room overlooking the winery’s grape vines, and our host graciously provided us bread with their homemade olive oil drizzled on top. The olive oil was excellent, and we ended up purchasing a bottle to use at home.

From the winetasting, our favorite was the 2013 Amarone Della Valpolicella Forlago. Della translates as “from the” in Italian, and so this wine is an Amarone from the Forlago vineyard in the Valpolicella region of Italy. Amarone is the prestigious style of wine that made the Valpolicella region famous. Fratelli Vogadori’s Amarone is produced from the Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Oseleta Negrara black grape varietals. Similar to the two previous visits in Valpolicella, the grapes used for Amarone are harvested in September and left to dry in special lofts until the start of the following year. The dried grapes are then used to produce a very intense, high alcohol, and high tannin wine that is not for the faint of heart. The winemaker leaves the wine in smaller 225 liter barrels for four years, resulting in a great deal of oak-derived flavors and aromas to be incorporated in the wine. We found the wine to have high intensity and concentration levels of cooked cherry and plum, strawberry, vanilla, and butterscotch aromas and flavors. The wine’s high alcohol content at 15% ABV and high tannin levels were balanced by the high level of refreshing acidity. The wine lingered on the palate for at least a minute. An outstanding wine!

Experience Rating: 1 Star

Brodi's Rating: 1 Paw Up

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Experience Vibe: Semi-Private Experience, Seated Wine Tasting

Reservations Needed: Yes

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