Wine Words: Recioto

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Recioto is a wine word, which you see on some Italian wine labels. Do you know what it means?

Recioto is an Italian wine word. It refers to wines that have been made from 'dried' grapes, or grapes that are harvested when ultra ripe then left out to dry and ‘raisin’ before fermentation. As such Recioto wines are naturally sweet wines. Recioto wine may also be affected by noble rot.

The term ‘recioto’ is not used all over Italy but rather it is traditional to the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. The most important Recioto wines are Recioto della Valpolicella, a red wine, and the white Recioto di Soave, a rare sweet made from the Garganega grape. 

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Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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