Veneto

From the Dolomites to Prosecco

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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.

Veneto in a Nutshell
  • Area: 18.407 km2 (8th out of 20)
  • Mountain: 29/1%
  • Hill: 14,5%
  • Plain: 56,4%
  • Highest peak: Marmolada (3,342 mt)
  • Population: 4.849.553 (8,2%)
  • Province: Padova, Treviso, Venezia, Verona, Vicenza, Belluno, Rovigo

Interesting facts about Veneto
  • The region comprises large plains that stretch from hills in the pre-alps to the Adriatic shores and estuary of the Po River. The coast around Venice houses a lagoon that is studded with small islands. These islands started being populated by former citizens of the Roman Empire during the Barbarian invasion. The strategic position would then allow Venice to become the cradle of one of the cradles of Western civilization. 
  • On the western side of the region, bordering Lombardy and Trentino, Lake Garda, the largest lake in Northern Italy, creates a Mediterranean enclave, allowing the vineyards to benefit from a temperate climate. 
  • Prosecco, the most important sparkling wine in Italy, dominates production in Veneto, with 635 million bottles produced in 2022 (twice as much as Champagne). 
  • Only 19% of the regional production is red wine, yet some of Italy’s best reds originate from Veneto.
  • The Venetians are responsible for shaping viticulture in Italy: merchants based in the city imported a number of grapes from the Middle East, including all those named “Malvasia”, taking their name from a Venetian harbor on the coast of Attica in Greece.
  • Some of Veneto's historic wine-growing areas are world-famous for their unique landscapes forged by viticulture: the Rive (steep vineyards) of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene have been inserted in the UNESCO world heritage sites list, and other areas such as Valpolicella and Soave in the province of Verona have also applied for this recognition.
  • Geologically speaking, Veneto is one of the most complex regions, housing anything from volcanic areas (Soave, Colli Euganei) to alluvial plains, morainic terraces, and dolomitic limestone.
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Wine areas

Discover the wine denominations of Veneto: Valpolicella, Soave, Prosecco, Bardolino, Colli Euganei, Breganze, Piave, Berici, Gambellara, Montello

Grapes

Discover the grape varieties of Veneto: Garganega, Prosecco, Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, Merlot, and Cabernet.

Wineries

Top wineries in Veneto are renowned for their exceptional red wines, crafted with local grapes like Corvina, known for their deep and sultry characteristics

Travel

Discover Veneto: Venezia, Verona, Padova, Vicenza, Treviso, Lago di Garda, Le Dolomiti, Riviera del Brenta, Asolo, Colli Euganei

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