Valpolicella in a glass
These hills are famous for some of the most famous wines in the world including Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG and Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG.
This easy itinerary winds through the municipality of San Pietro in Cariano (Verona) and introduces you to the places where the grapes for Valpolicella DOC are grown. During the walk, you can admire the beauty of stately homes, churches and hermitages, rural courtyards, and small and sunny stone districts in a clearly hospitable region.
The gentle hilly landscape of Valpolicella is formed by a range of small valleys that slope down to the Veronese plain, where large vineyards alternate with long stretches of olive, cherry and apricot trees. Among the most interesting stops are the village of Castelrotto, with its splendid panoramaic view, the church of Sant'Ulderico, Villa Betteloni and the small church of San Martino, a jewel of Romanesque architecture.
Length: 12.2 kilometres
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Level of difficulty: easy
Elevation gain (uphill): 145 m
Elevation loss (downhill): 146 m.
Consorzio Pro Loco Valpolicella
Tel. 045 7701920
The history of Amarone
It seems that Amarone was the result of a mistake by a bartender who forgot about a cask of sweet Recioto, another oenological excellence of the Verona region. Over the years, the sugar content of the wine was totally transformed into alcohol: ‘et voilà l 'Amarone’, an austere but soft wine, robust yet not rough, with elegant aromas and full flavour.