This Italian red wine variety
is used as a key ingredient of red wine Valpolicello. Rondinella plays a secondary
role to Corvina in these blends and is less highly regarded. The Valpolicello
DOC in the Veneto region in North East Italy is known for the variability of
the wines, which are at worst quite thin.
In De Long's Wine Grape Varietal Table this variety is described as
...Bland, slightly fruity, grassy, supporting role in Valpolicella blends
use the term 'high yielding' as a sort of synonym for low quality varieties
which make neutral wines, and this is often found in descriptions of Rondinella.
In fact the variety is losing out to its more favoured partner.
also finds some use in the dried grape wines of the Veneto region. This method
is used to make sweeter stronger wines such as a Amarone and Recioto.
It is grown in Australia
by Freeman Vineyards in the Hilltops region where it is blended with Corvina
in making an Amarone style wine. In the Southern Highlands region of NSW Centennial vineyards are also making a wine in this style.
You can find suppliers of Rondinella at Global Wine Stocks