Wine from the Veneto
The Veneto region is one of the largest and most important wine regions of Italy. Many famous regions and wines come from this area, which is nestled in the northeast of Italy between the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia. To the east, it also lies on the Adriatic coast, where the lagoon city of Venice is also located, and to the north, the Veneto borders the Austrian states of Tyrol and Carinthia.
The production of wine plays a major role in the Veneto. Many DOC wines and DOCG wines come from this region. Soave, Amarone, Ripasso and Prosecco are all Veneto export hits and as pillars of Italian wine and famous all over the world. Not to be forgotten in this case is the wine-growing region around Lake Garda.
The Valpolicella region is located in the Lessinian hills north of Verona and east of Lake Garda. The wine region is divided into three sub-regions: Valpolicella Orientale in the far east, Valpantena north of Verona and the famous Valpolicella classico west of Verona. The internationally most important region is Valpolicella classico. It is the origin of the famous wines Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC and Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG. It is precisely these red wines that have made this region so famous. The most important grape varieties are, among others, Corvina Veronese, Corvinone and Rondinella. Well-known varieties are also Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco or Pinot Grigio.
If you are on your way to Venice by car, you will inevitably pass this region with DOC status. Often without noticing you. The Soave classico DOC is located east of Verona. Red wine plays a rather subordinate role. The Soave classico DOC became famous above all for its fruity and accessible white wines. These consist of the local grape variety Garganega.
The region where the Spumante Prosecco DOC may be produced lies around Treviso. It is located in the very east of Veneto and partly includes the Friual region. However, the heart of the region lies north of Treviso between the towns of Valdobbiadene, Asolo and Conegliano. Only in this triangle the high-quality Prosecco Superiore DOCG can be produced. For the production of Prosecco almost exclusively the grape variety Glera is used. The proportion must be at least 85%. However, Prosecco Rosé is now also permitted, which also allows a higher proportion of blue grape varieties.
When it comes to the Veneto wine region, Lake Garda is often forgotten. Yet, it offers a great variety of high-class still and sparkling wines. An important grape variety of the region is the Trebbiano di Lugana or Lugana for short. It is characterized by its unique minerality. The region is also a real insider tip for lovers of high-quality sparkling wines with an excellent price-performance ratio. The so-called Spumante Metodo classico. These sparkling wines are produced like champagne by bottle fermentation. From Lake Garda also comes the simple and easy drinking Bardolino. A red wine which is drunk young. Also popular is the rosé variant of the Bardolino, the Bardolino Chiaretto.