Amarone della Valpolicella, usually known as Amarone, is a typically rich Italian dry red wine made from the partially dried grapes of the Corvina (45% – 95%, of which up to 50% could be substituted with Corvinone), Rondinella (5% – 30%) and other approved red grape varieties (up to 25%). The final result is a very ripe, raisiny, full-bodied wine with very little acid. Alcohol content easily surpasses 15% (the legal minimum is 14%) and the resulting wine is rarely released until five years after the vintage, even though this is not a legal requirement. The name Amarone, in Italian, literally means "the Great Bitter" which was originally to distinguish it from the Recioto produced in the same region, which is sweeter in taste. Both were promoted to the status of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG).