in the Northeast of Italy is the Veneto Region,
famous for the canals of Venice, the architecture of Palladio
and the home of Romeo and Juliet. Comprised of seven provinces,
five of them produce wine: Verona, Vicenza,
Padua, Treviso and Venice.
The Veneto Region is also responsible for producing 20% of all
Italian D.O.C. wines. In fact, there are a total of 25 D.O.C.
wines and 11 D.O.C.G. wines from within the Veneto region.
day in the Province of Verona
The province of Verona is where some of the more recognized
wines come from, including Soave, Valpolicella and Amarone.
Soave area is the largest in Europe, with 6,500 hectares planted.
Made with at least 65% Garganega and up to 30% Trebbiano di
Soave, Soave is a fragrant, fresh, medium bodied wine.
is the name of the area made up of three valleys crossed by
the Negrar, Marano and Fumane rivers. Valpolicella is made with
the varietals Rondinella, Molinara, and Covina and produce a
fruity and acidic medium-body red wine.
term "recioto" comes from "recia" (Venetian
dialect for "ear"). To make recioto, the grapes selected
are from the "ears" of the bunch which have had more
exposure to the sun. The grapes are hung or placed on mats to
dry until April. Traditionally this style was used to make a
passimento style wine such as Recioto della Valpolicella D.O.C.G.,
as the grapes are dried and the fermentation is stopped so that
the wine remains sweet. However in 1933, during the recioto,
the fermentation did not stop and the result was a bitter (amaro)
wine that was called Recioto Scappato ("the recioto that
got away"). However this mistake turned out to be extremely
popular as it resulted in an intense, full-bodied elegant red
wine with notes of cherry and spices and was renamed Amarone
in 1939. Today Amarone is one of the most sought after wines
in the world.
made with Corvina and Rondinella grapes, is the red wine from
the hills of Lake Garda and is a light, fresh wine with bright
cherry notes. In 2001 the D.O.C.G. wine Bardolino Superiore
was the first red wine in the Vento Region to receive the D.O.C.G.
Azienda Agricola Coffele (www.coffele.it)
Located in the heart of Soave, Coffele is run by siblings Alberto
and Chiara Coffele. Producing primarily white wines, Le Sponde
2009, a Recioto di Soave made of 100% Garganega, received the
high honor of tre bicchieri.
Agricola Monte Tondo
Monte Tondo has been producing wines from their vineyard in
the hills of Soave for three generations. The modern winery
and tasting room was built 11 years ago and welcomes guests
daily with appointment. Monte Tondo also opened Farm Soave,
a agriturismo where guests can spend the night in the small
medieval town of Soave.
Vinicola Sartori (www.sartorinet.com)
Surrounded by vines, olive and cherry trees, Sartori is located
in Valpolicella. With a strong tie to the place and their history,
Sartori produces exclusively Veronese wines - Valpolicella,
Soave, Bardolino and Bardonlino Chairetto.
Valpolicella Negrar (www.cantinanegrar.it)
Made up of 200 grape growing members located on the hillsides
of the Valpolicella Classico region, the Cantina is the biggest
Amarone producer but also produces varietals, such as Soave
and Bardolino. The top label is "Domini Veneti" and
makes up 30% of the Cantina's production.
F.lli Zeni (www.zeni.it)
Zeni Winery dates back to 1800s when Faustino and Ernesto Zeni
established a winery in Bardolino, along the shore of Lake Garda.
Run by Fausto, Elena and Federica who took over after their
father Gaetano passed away, they have continued the family tradition
of making a variety of premium quality wines from native varietals
La Bottega Del Vino (www.anticabottegadelvino.net/en)
Hotel Giberti (www.hotelgiberti.it)