Corte Sant'Alda is an organic and biodynamic wine estate in Veneto. Proprietor, Marinella Camerani excels with bold, powerful Valpolicellas and Amarones. Indicative blend: Corvina 30%, Rondinella 30% and Corvina Grossa 40%. Several important critics have rated this Amarone della Valpolicella wine highly: Wine Enthusiast gave the 2010 vintage a score of 94. The 2006 vintage was awarded Corone from the Vinibuoni d'Italia. This is one of the most popular wines from the region. There has been a lowering of demand in the past year. The Valpolicella Blend is based on three indigenous red-wine grape varieties grown in the Veneto region in Italy’s northeast. Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the trio primarily involved in the blend, though it could easily be argued that the production methods are equally as important. The Valpolicella DOC also allows for up to 15 percent of other red-wine varieties grown in the province of Verona, including Rossignola, Negrara Trentina, Barbera and Sangiovese. The Valpolicella Blend is most commonly used to produce dry table wine, but may also be used to make sweet, semi-sweet and even sparkling wines. The most famous variation of dry Valpolicella is Amarone, where the appassimento method of semi-drying grapes is used to craft rich, and often sweet, wines of great concentration. Corvina and Rondinella grapes are favored in this instance because of their thick skins (making them better suited to drying) and opulent texture. Winemakers have the choice of fermenting their Amarone wines as sweet (Recioto) or dry.