The Veneto Wine region has been home to viticulture since the Bronze Age, making it one of the oldest homes of winemaking in the world. The world has come to expect great things; after all, 3,000 years of practice should hone some pretty spectacular skills. Veneto produces red wines and white, and there are wines that hearken back to the earliest most traditional wines known to man and wines that are made from techniques just discovered in the last few decades. White varieties include Garganega, Prosecco, Trebbiano, and Vespaiola. Reds include Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella, and Negrara. These grape selections are exemplary of the high quality and diversity of wines being produced throughout Italy today. They include several authentic hand crafted wines such as Soave, Valpolicella and Amarone made from indigenous grapes cultivated only in Italy. The Veneto is also a region where winemakers have mastered the process of drying grapes, and thus it is where one finds Amarone, a very special wine made from semi-dried, little known local grape varietals such as Corvina and Rondinella. Soave, made from the Garganega grape, is the region’s most popular white wine Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. The three most well known DOCs are Bardolino, from the town with the same name and surrounding the shores of Garda Lake, Valpolicella, and Soave. Other noteworthy wines produced here are the white Bianco di Custoza, the excellent sparkling Prosecco, the Breganze, and the Amarone (a rich and powerful red from the Verona province).
Once the native land of the Venetian Republic, Veneto is today among the wealthiest and most industrialized regions of Italy. It is also the most visited region of Italy, with about 60 million tourists every year. The Veneto region in northern Italy reaches from Lake Garda in the west to the Adriatic Sea in the east. It is home to a wide range of wines both red and white, with more types of wines produced than in any other region in Italy. In Veneto historic cities abound, much used by Shakespeare in his plays, though he never actually visited northern Italy. Venice may bring visions of romantic gondola rides through the canals, Verona is home of history’s most famed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Verona is located between the rolling plains of the Veneto, Lake Garda and the Dolomite mountains. The importance of winemaking in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. In addition, Veneto was the first region to constitute the first strada del vino or “wine road”. These vineyards are a precious source of great satisfaction thanks to their southern-east exposure and their soil, which is well balanced in its components.