Recioto della Valpolicella
In many ways, the rich dessert wine Recioto della Valpolicella is the region’s dark secret. Not everyone internationally is familiar with the wine, even those for whom Amarone and Valpolicella Ripasso are regular guests at the dinner table. This is a shame, because not only is Recioto della Valpolicella a splendid and unique wine in its own right, it is also the oldest-attested wine in the region, with written evidence dating back to the 6th Century, when it was a favourite of Ostrogothic kings. Sweet wines were the most highly prized in the ancient world, and the famous grape-drying method was one of the more reliable ways of producing them.