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Recioto (reh-chee-yo-to): a style of wine produced in the Veneto region in northern Italy. Recioto wines are almost always sweet wines and are produced by selecting either the ripest grapes or the ripest grape bunches, harvesting them late and allowing them to dry on racks in special drying rooms (see image below). What inevitably happens is the grapes become raisined, resulting in very concentrated flavours in the wine.

Recioto della Valpolicella is a DOC sweet red wine made from Corvina, Rondinella and other local grape varieties. This is the most prevalent Recioto style of wine. Less common is the sweet Recioto di Soave DOCG, made from dried, white, Garganega grapes. These wines can be somewhat expensive. Botrytis is encouraged for the sweet white wines and not always welcomed in the production of the sweet red wines as it results in a somewhat oxidised character which can be unpleasant.

Corvina grapes drying on racks in the Veneto region

Corvina grapes drying on racks in the Veneto region


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