While some plantings exist elsewhere, Corvina's home is the Veneto in northeast Italy. Here it's used (usually blended, but sometimes solo) to produce the iconic wines of Bardolino and Valpolicella. Records show that Corvina has grown in this area for many centuries.
Despite its powerful flavors, Corvina is capable of extreme complexity. Bardolino and basic Valpolicella often make medium-bodied fruity wines, whereas the Amarone makers use the Apassimento process. The grapes are dried - usually on straw mats - before fermentation. The shriveled grapes produce intense prune and fig flavors alongside its usual fruit notes. Here, Corvina also makes the region's sweet wine, Recioto della Valpolicella.