It is likely that one of your first experiences of Italian wine was a bottle of wines from Veneto. It could have been the amazingly popular Prosecco DOC (now best selling sparkling wine in the UK), the worldwide phenomenal full bodied red Amarone DOCG, or a historically estabilished name like Soave DOC, Bardolino DOC or Valpolicella DOC.
The Valpolicella, where is concentrated most of the wineries, lies in a strategic position, a few minutes from Lake Garda and the Unesco World Heritage City of Verona. Its closeness to Venice makes it the perfect base for a one day-trip to explore the beauty of this region.
But Veneto does not just produce a vast array of excellent wines, it also churns out a huge volume - around 9 milion hectoliters per year - from the shores of Lake Garda in the west to the Piave Valley in the east, from the Alpine foothills in the north to the dull flatlands of the Po Valley to the south.
To discover the diversity of landscape and climate in one of the largest wine producing region in Italy read more on this Top 6 Veneto Wineries to Visit! If you are interested in discovering the Prosecco wine growing region look at our Prosecco Sparkling Wine Adventure.
1. Tommasi Viticoltori, situated in Pedemonte in the heart of Valpolicella Classico region, is one of the few estates that has managed to grow in numbers while remaining firmly anchored to the territory. Visiting Tommasi is a unique opportunity to touch the work and passion that sustain the family since 1902 and indulge your senses in a wine tasting in the old ageing cellar. 'Magnifica', the biggest oak cask in the world where Amarone is aged, is majestic and impressive. Together with the Villa Quaranta Park Hotel, this winery offers the perfect wine holiday for wine lovers.
2. OnePiò Winery was born in 2016 as a brand new winery in the historical family Accordini. Ilaria Accordini, a young wine producer and businesswoman who was raised between the vines and with an incredible passion for wine, decided to acquire 25 hectares of Lugana DOC. Together with possessions in the Valpolicella Classica zone she produces wines while respecting the environment. The winery, located in Brescia on Lake Garda, offers visitors accomodation that combines wine and culture, relaxation and food experiences.
3. Venissa, located in the island of Mazzorbo in the heart of the Venice lagoon, is home to an authoctonous white grape variety that became almost extinct after the Venetian Doges. Here these vineyards have been able to overcome the challenge of the high tide for centuries, giving rise to a wine with characteristics that are entirely unique. The winery offers luxury accomodation to any visiting wine lover making it the perfect base to explore Venice.
4. Tenute Ugolini is an antique colonial house recently restored overlooking an expanse of vineyards and cherry trees in a quiet corner of the Valpolicella. A guided tour including walking around the vineyards and wine tasting is a beautiful entrance to welcome any visitor to the area. The grape varieties cultivated are the typical ones of the Valpolicella and from olive trees is made the local extra virgin olive oil.
5. Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde is located on the hill of Marano di Valpolicella, considered one of the most suitable cru in Valpolicella for the production of great reds. From a meticulous selection of grapes coming from indigenous varieties can raise Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Ripasso and the mythical Amarone that made this region worldwide renown. To enhance the richness of this territory and thrill their visitors, this winery offers a 'bike station' for cyclists to restore and organizes summer trekking in the fool moon with tasting at midnight in the cellar.
6. At Fratelli Vogadori wine is a true passion of the family, passed down from generation to generation and today in the expert hands of the three brothers Alberto, Emanuele and Gaetano. In the heart of the Valpolicella Classica in the commune of Negrar are obtained wines of great value and “environmentally-friendly”: no chemical treatments, no insecticide and no herbicide. The production also includes Recioto, an excellent dessert wine.
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