Corvina is a variety of black grape typical of the Valpolicella area. Its name probably derives from its deep, dark colour, which recalls the colour of a crow’s plumage. (N.d.T. the word for crow in Italian is corvo). The vine from which it derives has a steady and regular productivity, and a good tendency to wither.
The Corvina bunch is medium-sized, elongated, cylindrical-pyramidal, rather compact, and generally has one or two wings. The grapes are medium in size, with a thick, consistent skin of a blue-violet colour, and a very sweet pulp. Corvina matures between late September and early October.
This grape variety gives life to structured, full-bodied wines with a deep ruby red colour, fruity aromas of cherry and plum, and a good acidity.
Corvinone is a variety of black grape typical of the Valpolicella District, widespread mainly on the hills due to its natural difficulty in reaching maturity in flatter areas. In the past it was assimilated to Corvina and only in 1993, when it was shown that there were actually two different grape varieties, Corvinone obtained its independence. As with Corvina, its name probably derives from its deep dark colour, which recalls the colour of a crow’s plumage.
The vine from which it derives has a steady productivity and a good predisposition to withering. Corvinone differs from Corvina with regard not only to the bunch, which is larger and longer, pyramidal, less compact and generally has two wings, but also to the grapes, which are larger than those of the Corvina bunch, and have a thick, pruinose blueish-black skin. Corvinone matures towards the end of September.
This grape variety produces full-bodied ruby red wines with very intense, fruity and sometimes spicy aromas, a high degree of tannin and marked acidity.
Rondinella is a variety of black grape typical of the Verona County.
It seems to have arrived in this area towards the end of the 1800s. Rondinella presumably owes its name to the very dark colour with reflections tending to blue, similar to the plumage of swallows (N.d.T. the word for swallow in Italian is rondine).
The vine from which it derives has a high and regular productivity, a good resistance to disease and a good predisposition to withering. The Rondinella bunch is medium-sized, rather compact, and generally has one or two wings.
The grapes are medium in size, with a spherical shape and a very consistent pruinose blue-black skin. This grape variety ripens between the end of September and the beginning of October. The wines produced, which are quite structured with an intense ruby colour, are sapid and fruity on the palate.
Molinara is a black grape variety of Venetian origin that has been cultivated in Valpolicella since the end of the 1800s. Its name derives from ''mulinara'', meaning 'mill', since the grapes of this vine are so pruinose that they seem almost covered with flour. The vine from which it derives has a high and regular productivity.
The bunch is of medium size, pyramidal, medium compact, sparse and generally has one or two short wings. The grapes are medium-sized, spherical, and have a thick, pruinose, dark reddish-purple skin. Molinara matures towards the second half of October. This grape variety produces wines with a medium body and a pinkish colour, with delicate aromas and good acidity.
Oseleta is a variety of black grape native to the Valpolicella and Monti Lessini areas. A victim of ampelographic oblivion in the past, it was rediscovered at the beginning of the 1970s.
Its name derives from the fact that birds are very fond of the grapes. The vines have a high and regular productivity. The bunch is short, cylindrical-pyramidal, rather compact and generally has only one wing.
The grapes are medium in size, with a thick compact blueish-black skin. The wine obtained from Oseleta is deep ruby red, fruity, spicy, tannic and full-bodied.