From the Dolomites to Prosecco
Veneto: the land of sparkling wines and full-bodied reds
The name of the cities and the wines may be more prominent than the region itself: who hasn’t ever dreamed about visiting Venice and Verona or skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo? And who has never sipped a glass of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio or Valpolicella?
The large Veneto region in Northeastern Italy is a highly coveted tourist destination, and one of the big players in the Italian wine scene. The cradle of several renowned wines, including Prosecco, the world’s most famous tank-fermented sparkling wine, the region ranks 1st by total production and 2nd by surface under vine after Sicily.
The large appellations and gigantic output would make you think of a rather homogenous territory but the truth is successfully commercial brands often camouflage rich biodiversity: from the peak of the mountains to the Venice lagoon, the landscape varies substantially, and so it does from the volcanic hills of Soave to the rolling hills of Valpolicella within the province of Verona.
The fact all these areas produce wine means Veneto has a lot more to offer than it may seem: even within the Prosecco galaxy, hillside vineyards in Conegliano Valdobbiadene offer a radically different take on this iconic bubbly than those on the fertile plains bordering Friuli Venezia Giulia to the east. And we are not even taking into consideration smaller and lesser-known areas like Colli Berici, Colli Euganei or Piave, all of which have different viticultural traditions and would deserve greater attention.
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Ma cosa c’è intorno a Venezia?
Siamo andati a scoprirlo a bordo della Edipo Re. Sì perché la bellezza di Venezia non si esprime soltanto tra le sue Calli, ponti e canali ma è nascosta anche tra le tante isole della Laguna. Alcune disabitate, altre solo poco frequentate ma che in comune offrono scorci di rara romantica suggestione.