The Veneto wines are many and all of excellent quality. Let's go for a trip in the region with the widest wine production of Italy
Great variety, international or indigenous vines and of course excellent quality: Veneto is a guarantee-and an excellence-when it comes to wine.
A fortunate combination of very varied climate and soils, combined with a passion that has ancient origins, make Veneto one of the most productive wine regions in Italy.
Here you can find world famous products, with labels exported everywhere. The most famous is definitely the Prosecco, whose hills are even a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is still much more to taste and discover.
Let's set out on a journey through the vineyards of this rich region.
To discover the best Veneto wines
Let's start our virtual journey to discover Veneto wines in the wonderful Verona. It's the city of the Arena and its concerts, also known for the poignant love story between Romeo and Juliet. In this place alone we can already find eight areas of D.O.P. wine production, plus many consortia engaged in protecting the quality of the wines. Among the best products are Lugana and Soave, an excellent white wine. Here is also where Bardolino and Valpolicella are also produced: two reds that are authentic Veneto celebrities.
Traveling east we then reach Vicenza, rightly famous for the awesome architecture of Palladio. When it comes to wines, the local glory is Torcolato. This passito wine, perfect to accompany dessert, comes from a native vine, the Vespaiola. Vicenza, however, is also known for its red wines, which have nothing to envy to those of the rest of the region.
Let's move to Padua and the Euganean Hills, now. We are in a land full of charm, places yet to be discovered and natural beauty, where excellent reds are produced. Here in 1870 the noble Corinaldi counts were the first in Italy to plant the vines from which Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were born. The Euganean Hills are also the home of Moscato Fiori d'Arancio, coming from much older vines, probably originating from Mesopotamia.
A tour to discover Veneto wines has to include Treviso and its province as well. It's here that Prosecco, the most famous Italian wine, is produced thanks to the mild and rainy climate of the plains of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. It's fresh and sparkling, white or rosé, known throughout the world in particular as an aperitif wine or, in the sparkling version, as a party wine. Prosecco is also an excellent base for fancy cocktails.
The reds are characterized by an intense color and fruity or spicy aromas that vary depending on the growing area. Whites often have pleasant floral or, once again, fruit notes.
Here is where Vini del Piave are born. This is a large group of white and red wines with the D.O.C. label to guarantee their quality. Among the best known and most appreciated is the Raboso Veronese which, despite its name, is mainly produced in the province of Venice. It's a red wine with a ruby color that's mainly drunk in two varieties: full-bodied with a strong taste, or lighter and sparkling.
Among the most precious vines grown in the Venice area is the Lison-Pramaggiore from which different varieties of wine are obtained, such as Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Once again the quality is certified by the D.O.C. label.
To learn more about the many wineries surrounding Venice you can also travel along one of the many Wine Routes that cross the region. Strada dei Vini del Piave is the one closest to Venice, but there are other 15 officially recognized routes running throughout Veneto.