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Once upon a time in less gastronomically and vinously sophisticated days, Valpolicella was synonymous with everyday pizza and pasta. Despite the region receiving its DOC appellation in 1968, systematic overproduction and general naughtiness caused basic or novello Valpolicella to become a wine of ridicule. The 1980s realised a sharp upturn in the fortunes of Amarone, perhaps at the expense of sweet Recioto, whilst more recent years have seen that most classic of Valpolicella wine styles, Ripasso, returned to its former glory. Valpolicella is a classic Italian wine region that is really ‘on-song’ these days.