Wine Details

Tenuta Santa Maria Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG

Recioto is a sweet wine typical of the Vapolicella area (near Verona) boasting centuries of history, widely considered the father of Amarone. Produced with grapes that have been left to dry (appassire) in order to concentrate the sugars, the result is a unique and opulent wine that pairs ideally with dry pastries (almond or hazelnut cakes), aged cheeses or sweet gorgonzola, but is also captivating as an after-dinner meditation wine. Tenuta Santa Maria Recioto della Valpolicella Classico entices immediately with its ruby red color and garnet reflections. Sweet aromas of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry combine with earthy notes of undergrowth and wet soil to complete the aromatic profile while, on the palate, the wine’s full and opulent nature merges with a pleasant and balanced sweetness. The finish is long with delicious floral and spicy notes enveloped in velvety and elegant tannins.



Tenuta Santa Maria


Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG


70% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella

Production area:

Arbizzano Valley of Negrar (Valpolicella)


120-220 meters (394-722 feet) a.s.l., highest vineyards are terraced with south-east exposure



Vine density:

5,600 plants/ha


Laid to dry on traditional “arelle” for 140-150 days, increasing sugar content and adding complexity. The dried fruit is soft pressed followed by a long maceration and fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel (about 30 days).


French oak barriques

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Primarily calcareous colluvial soil with clay substrates

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Recent press reviews


Tenuta Santa Maria Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2020

James Suckling (93)- "A delicious, sweet and spicy concoction, offering an array of dried and exotic fruit aromas and flavors, such as dates and prunes, together with syrupy notes. Full-bodied and intense. There’s some tannin there, but it can’t compete with the full-on fruit-syrup flavors. You can’t help but like it. Hard not to drink. Enjoy now or hold and see."