This red grape variety is native to the Veneto region of northern Italy. It is often blended with Rondinella, Molinara and other indigenous varieties in the Valpolicella and Bardolino regions of Veneto.
Often mistaken as a clone of the widespread Corvina variety, the Corvinone grape with its waxy, blue-black skin, is similar, but different to the Corvina grape. Indeed, its name means ‘large Corvina’. The individual grapes of Corvinone are larger than those of Corvina, and ripen later (in mid-October), and are therefore suitable for drying, which is part of the winemaking process for several Valpolicella wines, including Amarone.
The Corvinone grape produces wine of ruby red colour, with deep flavors, fruity, sometimes spicy, and with good smoothness, body and tannins.