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Veneto 

The Veneto is a multifaceted region in northern Italy. Vineyards can be found on the shores of Lake Garda as well as near the Venice lagoon, at the foot of the Dolomites and in the hills of Mantua. The variety of cultivated grapes is unique: it ranges from autochthonous white vines such as Prosecco or Garganega grapes to Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio to the independent red varieties Corvina and Raboso and Cabernet and Merlot.

VINEYARD

80,000 hectares

PRODUCTION

8 million hectoliters

TOP 3 GRAPE VARIETIES

Corvina, Garganega, Glera

WINE TYPE

Long-lasting red wines made from dried grapes, fruity-fresh white and red wines, sparkling wines using the Charmat and bottle fermentation method

History

Even the Romans drank the wines from the Raeticum, which fermented sweetly and were therefore transportable and storable. In the 4th century, Cassiodorus, a minister of the Gothic king Theodoric, describes a wine from Valpolicella (translated: the valley of numerous cellars) obtained by drying out the grapes as acinaico. The Recioto still exists today: It is pressed in the Valpolicella area north of Verona in a red version and a little further east, around the towns of Soave and Gambellara, in a white version.

Geography

In the north the region - the capital is Verona - borders on Austria, Trentino and South Tyrol, in the east on Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in the south on Emilia-Romagna and in the west on Lombardy.

Climate and soil

In the north framed by the Alpine arc and the Dolomites, in the south the vast Po Valley, in the east the Adriatic coast, in the west the Lake Garda: The Veneto is a multi-layered region with a wide variety of soil types and microclimates, in which white and red grape varieties thrive equally.

Growing areas and vineyards

A total of around 8 million hectoliters of wine are produced in Veneto today. Around a third of these are DOC or DOCG wines, wines with controlled designation of origin: 27 DOC and 12 DOCG consortia in all parts of the country ensure that consistent quality is produced and that the typicality is preserved.

Wines and production volume

In addition to the autochthonous red grape varieties Corvina and Rondinella - the basis of Amarone, Valpolicella or Bardolino - the red Bordelais varieties, some of which have been at home in the Veneto for more than a hundred years, have a long tradition. More than half of the wine production in Veneto is still reserved for white grapes: from Glera (basis of Prosecco DOC and Prosecco Superiore DOCG sparkling wines) to Garganega (basis of Soave) to Turbiana (basis of Lugana ).

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