Italy Pic of the Day Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella

Sant’Ambrogio the Door to Valpolicella

One of my favorite things about driving through Italian wine country is seeing street signs that are also names of wine! Leaving the city of Verona, one faces intersections with signs for Valpolicella or Prosecco. There is no wrong turn!

For this week’s Italy Pic of the Day, we’ll take a turn towards Valpolicella, the most famous of Northern Italy’s Veneto wine regions.

Today’s Italy Pic of the Day is a birds-eye view of Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella aka “La Porta Della Valpolicella”. As the natural gateway to the Valpolicella wine region, it felt like the perfect way to kick off this week’s exploration.

Italy Pic of the Day Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella
Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella

Valpolicella Wine Region

Valpolicella ranks just after Chianti in total Italian Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) wine production. Valpolicella is famous for two types of wine. Valpolicella itself a bright, fruity red wine with aromas of blueberries and sour cherry and it’s more prestigious, powerful, and intensely flavored counterpart Amarone della Valpolicella.

The Valpolicella region has the tallest wine vines I’ve ever seen! Here’s a video of the vines from our trip.

Video of Valpolicella Wine Vines

In comparison, here’s a video of Prosecco vines also grown in the Veneto region.

Video comparing Valpolicella and Prosecco Wine Vines

Tall vine trunks lift grapes higher increasing airflow and sun exposure while low vines reduce exposure to the sun, providing more moderation for temperature variations. Fascinating stuff right. For wine lovers Valpolicella in a unique travel destination in Italy.

Now, if you’re not a wine lover, it’s fair to wonder, is Valpolicella worth visiting?

In short, yes! The Valpolicella landscape might be sculpted by the vineyards, but the curves of the hills are graced by small villages with stone houses and centuries-old churches, hiking trails, Venetian villas and best of all countless Michelin restaurants.

Italy Pic of the Day Pieve di San Giorgio di Valpolicella Stones
Pieve di San Giorgio di Valpolicella Stones

Tomorrow, I’ll take you to the village of San Giorgio di Valpolicella. A small hilltop village that is famous for its beautiful Romanesque church and panoramic views that stretch all the way to Lago di Garda Italy’s largest lake!

Italy Pic of the Day Day San Giorgio di Valpolicella View
View from San Giorgio di Valpolicella

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