The Veneto is mostly known for the production of the prestigious Valpolicella and Amarone red wines, the delicate Soave white wine, the white Custoza and the worldwide known sparkling Prosecco.  Other less known wines are appreciated in the area by the experts and those who look for something special, like the Bagnoli Friularo, Bardolino Superiore, Montello e Colli Asolani, Torcolato di Breganze, Passito di Refrontolo, Colli di Conegliano, Piave, Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara and Recioto di Soave. All the above mentioned wines are DOCG (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed). Here are other wines, less known but still important: Arcole, Bagnoli di Sopra, Bardolino, Bianco di Custoza, Breganze, Colli Berici, Colli Euganei, Gambellara, Garda, Lessini Durello, Lison-Pramaggiore,...
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The Veneto is mostly known for the production of the prestigious Valpolicella and Amarone red wines, the delicate Soave white wine, the white Custoza and the worldwide known sparkling Prosecco

Other less known wines are appreciated in the area by the experts and those who look for something special, like the Bagnoli Friularo, Bardolino Superiore, Montello e Colli Asolani, Torcolato di Breganze, Passito di Refrontolo, Colli di Conegliano, Piave, Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara and Recioto di Soave. All the above mentioned wines are DOCG (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed).

Here are other wines, less known but still important: Arcole, Bagnoli di Sopra, Bardolino, Bianco di Custoza, Breganze, Colli Berici, Colli Euganei, Gambellara, Garda, Lessini Durello, Lison-Pramaggiore, Lugana, Monti Lessini, Raboso, Valdadige, Verdiso, Verduzzo.

WHEN TO GO AND HOW LONG FOR?

This region can be visited all year round. It is easily reached within a day trip from the most important towns in the Veneto: Venice, Verona, Padova. Sometimes, the first week of April (during Vinitaly, the biggest wine fair in Italy) smaller wineries might be closed due to lack of staff, all involved in the fair. Avoid also the week of 15th August, it's “Ferragosto” and, especially on that day, Italy is stuck for holiday.

WHERE TO GO?

  • Most wine areas are easily reached with a day trip from Venice, Verona or Padova.
  • Don't miss the Prosecco road, the very first wine road in Italy created in 1969. This is situated north of Venice, in between the two towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene where the prosecco is "superiore" and given the DOCG denomination. Not far from Valdobbiadene are the gentle Asolo hills, where you can find the Asolo DOCG Prosecco.
  • You should also look for Valpolicella, which, as the name suggests, is a valley with many cellars. Actually there are four different valleys where wine was produced as far back as the Romans and it was them who gave this place the name. The valleys spread among five little towns (Fumane, San Pietro in Cariano, Sant'Ambrogio Della Valpolicella, Mariano della Valpolicella, Negrar) which are west of Verona. This is where the Valpolicella classico is produced. Not far from there is Valpantena, a valley that belongs to the enlarged areas of production of Valpolicella wines.
  • Don't miss the Soave classic area, east of Verona. The beautiful Soave castle built in 1300 with its huge walls, surround the town of Soave and it's a must see. North of Soave, in the small villages of Brognoligo and Fittà, are some special vineyards that grow on an ancient volcano. Every year there's a special meeting that gathers together all different wines cultivated from volcanic soil. The event is called Vulcania. It's a symposium that puts together all different wines made of volcanic soil.

DON’T MISS!

  • Don't miss going to the nice little town of Asolo, the pearl of the Veneto region. This little mediaeval town was founded long before the Romans arrived here. It seems that time have stopped. Famous people like the poet Robert Browning established here and wrote his collection of poems "Asolando".
  • Do not forget the Dolomites. These beautiful mountains are just within a couple of hours from Venice or from Verona. They are a UNESCO natural site due to their beauty and places with breath-taking views. The most renowned town there is Cortina d'Ampezzo and it is a good base to go skiing in winter or to hike in summer.
  • Don't miss the famous Palladian villas. They are scattered all over Veneto but most of them are found in the two provinces of Treviso and Verona.
  • The Garda Lake is also a very good base for wine regions like Valpolicella / Amarone or Custoza, Bardolino, Garda, Lugana.

 

Most important wine festivals:

It's the most important wine exhibition in Italy and in Europe. It's held in Verona at the end of March or beginning of April, each year. Thousands of wine makers  from all over the world come here to present their wines and find new business opportunities.

This important event lasts several weeks in spring from early March to late June. There are many events like biking, trekking on the hills and wine tasting on many wineries. Each weekend a number of wineries are open to welcome all visitors.

  • Vino in Villa

Another important event is the Vino in Villa. It is the most important annual rendezvous dedicated to Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco. It is held on the third weekend of May, in the heart of the production area, near the splendid Santo Salvatore di Susegana Castle, which dates from the 13th century. 

It's held in the magic atmosphere of the Soave castle on the first weekend of September. This excellent white wine is paired with the most delicious dishes belonging to the local cuisine, like cicchetti, cheeses, cold cuts, etc.

It is held each year in January in Verona. The Consorzio Valpolicella's annual event is the place where member wineries present the new vintages (normally the harvest of 3 years before) of Amarone, it is held at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the centre of Verona. 

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