Romeo, Juliet & Red Wines of Verona

The city of Verona might seem familiar to you, but you haven’t heard anything yet!

All About Verona, Italy

Verona is famous all over the world, but not just because of its wines. This is also the town where, according to the legend, Romeo and Juliet’s tragic love story took place. Although only a legend, there is an element of truth with a link to the history of Verona. Nowadays, hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Verona every year to visit the iconic places related to this legend: Romeo’s house, Juliet’s grave, Juliet’s house with the famous balcony.

Verona is the capital of Italy’s wine trade, which is why you’re reading this today! This famous city hosts Italy’s most important wine fair, Vinitaly, each year. For this reason, the city has developed a specialist interest in wine.

Over the last 20 years, the quality of wines made in the Veneto has grown far beyond the advances that can be credited to improved techniques within the industry. Surrounding the city are three famous wine areas: the Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino. In addition to these classic areas, Verona also has the Lessinian Hills. Among these hills, the Durello grape has been rediscovered. Durello produces a pleasant sparkling white wine which I had the pleasure of enjoying while in Verona many years ago. On the southern shore of Lake Garda, the Lugana wines and Bianco di Custoza are produced.

Red Wines of Verona

The greatest wine among this famous city’s list of favorites is undoubtedly Amarone, the queen of Valpolicella. This wine, at its best, deservedly ranks among the finest red wines of the world. A new gem we discovered is Faccioli Pajan Rosso. This red is a wonderful blend of the classic grapes used for the famous Amarone, like Corvina Rondinella, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This wine is aged for 12 months and then bottled where it sits for another 6 months before being released.  The aromas of red fruits, dried raisins and hints of spices make this a unique and enjoyable wine.

You know I can’t let you leave here without a delicious food pairing to try out. I love to pair both these red wines with ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms with grilled Italian sausage and broccoli rabe sautéed with garlic.

Have you ever had the pleasure of tasting a red wine from Verona? What was your experience? Be sure to let me know in the comments, and, as always…

Salud!