Palio del Recioto e dell’Amarone is the traditional open-air Easter event that celebrates the typical wines of the classic Valpolicella area and winds through the streets of the centre of Negrar di Valpolicella. This year, no fewer than 69 candles were lit and, as always, the streets of the town were filled with tastings, cultural events, music and fun. The Gran Premio Palio del Recioto is also a very famous bicycle race.

According to initial estimates by Pro Loco and the Municipality of Negrar di Valpolicella, the event attracted around 30,000 people to the streets of the town centre from late Saturday afternoon, April 8th to Monday, April 10th, with 20,000 attending between Saturday evening and Easter Day alone. Many foreign tourists, especially Germans and French. Thousands of photos were also posted on social networks, with participants toasting each other while wearing the now iconic tasting kit, with a glass holder around the neck and the goblet that gives access to the various tasting stations.

At the 2023 Palio, the town of Negrar will also celebrate the victory of the historic Negrar winery La Quena, which won first prize in the wine competition combined with the popular festival. Its “Recioto d’annata” was judged by a panel of wine experts to be the best of the 15 wines in this year’s competition.