Veneto

Veneto is the region with the largest wine production. It is located in the northeast of the country and is characterized by a heterogeneous territory that goes from the plains on the Adriatic Sea to the Alps (confining on the north side with Trentino-Alto Adige and Austria).

Productions, both in the sparkling wines and wines, are made on the same latitude, and cover much of the hilly areas at the base of the Alpine Arc.

Native and local varieties

International varieties

  • 12% Merlot 
  • 9% Pinot grigio 
  • 4% Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • 3% Cabernet Franc 
  • 3% Chardonnay 
  • 1% Pinot bianco 
  • 1% Sauvignon 
  • 1% Pinot nero 

Region

  • population: 4.902.979 (2018)
  • area: 18.345 km²
  • mountains 29% / hills 14% / plains 56%

Vineyards

  • 2017: 80.263 hectares (+4%)
  • 2016: 77.033 hectares (+2%)
  • 2015: 75.479 hectares

Wine production

  • 2017: 8.472.679 hectoliters - 105,6 hectoliters/hectare (-16%)
  • 2016: 10.144.754 hectoliters - 131,7 hectoliters/hectare (+4%)
  • 2015: 9.732.567 hectoliters - 128,9 hectoliters/hectare

Classification

  • DOCG and DOC wines 73% / IGT wines 23% / generic wines 4%
  • red wines 22% / white wines 78%

Source: Istat 2018

Veneto is one of the largest wine producers of Italy and boasts, internally, a huge variety of products, from reds to whites, from passito to sparkling wines.

Lake Garda

On the shores of Garda Lake, wines are affected by an average milder climate and a land of morainic origin, tending to be gravelly and deep: the most famous designations, based on an assemblage of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, are Bardolino Superiore DOCG and Bardolino DOC.

Lessini mountains

A little further east, the landscape changes completely: at the base of the Lessini mountains there are wide hilly areas for viticulture, where, even using the same grapes used on the shores of Lake Garda, the wines produced completely change their appearance and scent

To the north of Verona we find Valpolicella with some of the best-known designations in Italy and abroad, the glory of Veneto's viticulture: they are Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG and Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG, respectively dry and sweet red passito. Here are also produced less structured wines and certainly less complex in terms of production, such as Valpolicella DOC and Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, halfway between a Valpolicella and an Amarone, which certainly constitute a valid and cheaper alternative to the latter.

To the east of Verona the hilly orography remains unchanged, but the cultivated grapes change. The area is dedicated to the production of white wines, such as Soave DOC, Soave Superiore DOCG, and the white passito Recioto di Soave DOCG and Recioto di Gambellara DOCG, all based on Garganega.

Po Valley

To the south-west of Vicenza and Padua respectively, the Colli Berici (Berici Hills) and the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills) may seem an orographic anomaly in the middle of the Po Valley. They are in fact ancient volcanic formations formed as a result of subsidence in the earth's crust, when the plain was still a seabed, millions of years ago. The rich land allows you to have grapes with high characteristics, valued two homonymous names: Colli Berici DOC and Colli Euganei DOC. The second was the base for Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio DOCG, a white passito made with Moscato Giallo, here called Fior d'Arancio.

In the space between the Euganean Hills, the river Po to the south and the Adriatic sea to the east, the extensive alluvial soils of the designations Bagnoli di Sopra DOC, Corti Benedettine del Padovano DOC and Riviera del Brenta DOC extend into both local vineyards (Friulano, Raboso Piave, Raboso Veronese) that international.

Venetian Prealps

In the provinces of Vicenza and Treviso, the hilly area at the base of the Venetian Prealps is the home of Prosecco, with two important names such as Asolo Prosecco DOCG and Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG. There are obviously not only the bubbles: Breganze DOC, based on Corvina and Rondinella, and Montello Rosso DOCG, based on Cabernet Sauvignon, enhance two important reds, while Colli di Conegliano DOCG and Montello Colli Asolani DOC valorise various vines, both local and international.

Veneto Plain

East of Venice, towards the border with Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the plain gives us wines with great personality such as Piave Malanotte DOCG (based on Raboso grapes) and Lison DOCG (based on Friulano). By widening the ampelographic base, Lison-Pramaggiore DOC and Piave DOC are two macro-designations that enhance various local and international grapes.

DOCG wines

  • Amarone della Valpolicella 
  • Bagnoli Friularo / Friularo di Bagnoli 
  • Bardolino Superiore 
  • Colli Asolani Prosecco / Asolo Prosecco 
  • Colli di Conegliano 
  • Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio / Fior d'Arancio Colli Euganei 
  • Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco
  • Lison 
  • Montello Rosso / Montello 
  • Piave Malanotte / Malanotte del Piave 
  • Recioto della Valpolicella 
  • Recioto di Gambellara 
  • Recioto di Soave 
  • Soave Superiore 

DOC wines

  • Arcole 
  • Bagnoli di Sopra / Bagnoli 
  • Bardolino 
  • Bianco di Custoza / Custoza 
  • Breganze 
  • Colli Berici 
  • Colli Euganei 
  • Corti Benedettine del Padovano 
  • Gambellara 
  • Garda 
  • Lessini Durello / Durello Lessini 
  • Lison-Pramaggiore 
  • Lugana 
  • Merlara 
  • Montello-Colli Asolani 
  • Monti Lessini / Lessini 
  • Piave 
  • Prosecco 
  • Riviera di Brenta 
  • San Martino della Battaglia 
  • Soave 
  • Valdadige / Etschtaler 
  • Valdadige Terradeiforti / Terradeiforti 
  • Valpolicella 
  • Valpolicella Ripasso 
  • Venezia 
  • Vicenza 
  • Vigneti della Serenissima / Serenissima 

IGT wines

  • Alto Livenza
  • Colli Trevigiani
  • Conselvano
  • Delle Venezie
  • Marca Trevigiana
  • Vallagarina
  • Veneto
  • Veneto Orientale
  • Verona / Provincia di Verone / Veronese
  • Vigneti delle Dolomiti / Weinberg Dolomiten
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