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Veneto

Listed under Wine Regions in Veneto-Dolomites, Italy.

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Veneto is known as a good producer both by quality and quantity, and visitors will see plenty of familiar names on the bottles they’ll unearth there. The three best known are probably Soave, from vineyards around beautiful Lake Garda, sparkling Prosecco and the big dry red Amarone.

Veneto also has a long history of wine tourism, having Italy’s first purpose built ‘wine road’ complete with signposts and directions from vineyard to vineyard built near the end of the 19th Century. The beauty of the towns and countryside in this region of hilltop towns and rolling views was probably a huge draw for wine tourists even then, it includes Venice, Verona and Padova and spreads from Lake Garda to the Adriatic. Veneto’s location between the lake and the ocean takes advantage of the best cooling breezes from both directions, keeping the climate pleasant all year, good for the grapes and the visitors.

Eighty different grape varieties are grown in Veneto, with most of the wines produced from blends, often carefully mixed to old family recipes, rather than single vintage. Most of the wine produced in Veneto is relatively inexpensive, but not all of it is good quality.

The best grapes are harvested on the tops of the hills here, so it’s a good basic rule to stop at the cellar doors of vineyards occupying the higher ground.

Veneto’s wine capital is Conegliano, on the hills to the north of Venice, this is where Italy’s largest wine school is located and where the wine standards are determined - so get your local advice from the experts here. The Prosecco producing region is also just down the road.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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