Veneto Wine Region
From huge production districts covering entire provinces to very small enclaves offering great quality averages, the Veneto offers an intricate mosaic of different terroirs. Vineyards lie literally everywhere from fertile plains to the foothills of the Alps, with altitude ranging from 0 to over 700 meters above sea level.
Some of the wine-growing areas in Veneto have been producing wines since the dawn: for instance, Valpolicella is filled with Roman ruins and the name itself may derive from the Latin word “multiple cellars” (poli-cellae).
What are the key wine-growing areas in Veneto?
- Valpolicella: The largest wine district in the province of Verona, boasting expanses of hillside vineyards that produce three different wines: Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone della Valpolicella. The latter is the region’s most ambitious wine, obtained by letting the grapes wither in fruttaio (drying chamber). The resulting wines are bold, concentrated and packed with aromas of syrupy red fruits, chocolate, sweet spice, and red roses. Good acidity and substantial tannins calibrate their full-bodied structure, allowing them to age remarkably well. The “classico” mention may appear on the label of the wines of Valpolicella: it means they come from the five towns constituting the ancient core of the area.
- Soave: An historical white wine production area, offering anything from simple and unpretentious examples to some of the most complex and refined whites in Italy. Like in Valpolicella, the Classico mention refers to a small group of volcanic hills representing the historical core of the appellation.
- Prosecco: the large production area of Prosecco comprises the entire provinces of Padova, Vicenza, Treviso, and Belluno, and also some areas of neighboring Friuli Venezia Giulia. With over 600 million bottles produced yearly, this Glera-based, tank-fermented sparkling wine enjoys incredible international success. It is usually light, fruity and floral, with a soft mousse and ripe acidity, making for a great aperitif.
- Conegliano–Valdobbiadene: the cradle of Prosecco, giving the highest-quality examples, usually made with grapes coming from the Rive, steep vineyards on pre-alpine hills. Conegliano also houses one of the most important enology schools in Italy.
- Montello, Asolo and Colli Asolani: the other top-tier subzone for Prosecco, also producing Bordeaux blends.
- Delle Venezie: an large denomination dedicated to crisp and easy-going Pinot Grigio, covering the entire Veneto region and parts of Trentino and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
- Colli Euganei: Volcanic hills in the southern corner of the region, producing characterful wines from Garganega, Bordeaux varieties, and Moscato Fior d’Arancio.
- Bardolino: On the shores of Lake Garda, this small appellation is known for Chiaretto, a light rosè, and Bardolino Rosso, an easy-drinking red.
- Lugana: interregional appellation on Lake Garda specializing in white wines (see Lombardy for more information).
- Breganze: Famous for its white wines, especially Vespaiolo, and for Bordeaux blends.
- Gambellara: Known for its white wines and for sweet Recioto di Gambellara.
- Colli Berici: An up-and-coming area, specializing in reds from the rare Tai Rosso grape or international varieties.
- Piave: in the plains of the provinces of Treviso and Venice, Piave is known for the Raboso-based Malanotte del Piave
- Lison-Pramaggiore: An inter-regional denomination giving a wide variety of different wines, among which Tai-based whites stand out.
What are the DOCG wines of Veneto?
- Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
- Bagnoli Friularo or Friularo di Bagnoli DOCG
- Bardolino Superiore DOCG
- Colli Asolani Prosecco or Asolo Prosecco DOCG
- Colli di Conegliano DOCG
- Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio DOCG
- Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG
- Lison DOCG
- Montello Rosso or Rosso del Montello DOCG
- Piave Malanotte or Malanotte del Piave DOCG
- Colli Euganei Moscato Fior d’Arancio DOCG