Rondinella is an Italian wine grape variety. Almost all of the total global growing area of 2,481 hectares (6,130 acres) is in the Veneto region of northern Italy,[1] and the grapes are used in wines from the Valpolicella and Bardolino wine regions. Rondinella always appears in these wines blended with Corvina (which DNA evidence has shown to be a parent variety), as a secondary constituent along with Corvinone and Molinara. The grape has rather neutral flavors but is favored by growers due to its prolific yields.[2] The vine is very resistant to grape disease and produces grapes that, while they do not necessarily have high sugar levels, do dry out well for use in the production of Valpolicella straw wine styles such as Recioto and Amarone.[3]

Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skinBlack
SpeciesVitis vinifera
OriginVeneto region of Italy
Notable regionsValpolicella, Bardolino
Notable winesValpolicella DOC (Rosso and Superiore; includes Classico and Valpantena subzones), Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, Bardolino DOC, Bardolino Superiore DOCG
Ideal soilChalky clay
VIVC number10189
Wine characteristics
GeneralUnremarkable, high yield, light-bodied


  1. ^ Anderson, K and Aryal, NR (2013). Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where? A Global Empirical Picture. University of Adelaide Press. doi:10.20851/winegrapes. hdl:2440/81592. ISBN 978-1-922064-67-7.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Robinson, J, ed. (2015). The Oxford Companion To Wine, 4th ed. Oxford University Press. p. 625. ISBN 978-0-198705-38-3.
  3. ^ Clarke, O and Rand, M (2001). Oz Clarke's Encyclopedia of Grapes. Harcourt. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-151007-14-1. LCCN 2001281478.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)