THE WINE ROADS OF THE VENETO REGION OF ITALY
The Veneto Region is among the leading wine-producing regions of Italy, both for quality and quantity. The Veneto region has over 20 DOC zones and a variety of sub-categories. Many of the region's wines, both dry and Spumanti white and red wine, are internationally known and appreciated. The varied geographical makeup of the region allows of the cultivation of a variety of grape types. This Geo-diversity has resulted in zones of specialized micro climates that help produce specialized wines found throughout the regions; examples are the Amarone from Valpolicella, Prosecco from Valdobbiadene, and high quality whites and spumante from Soave and Gambellare.
The three best known DOC wines in the Veneto region 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). If you travel to the Treviso area, look for the little-known Clinton, a wine that is banned from distribution because it does not conform to the DOC standards, but is produced in limited quantities for local consumption.
The importance of wine making 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 a Strada del Vino or "wine road". This first wine-touring road featured special road signs providing information on vines and the wines they were made into, and joined the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano DOC zones crossing a series of hilly vineyards.
One of the best ways to explore the wine zones is by bike touring or walking tours. Many secondary roads encircle the wines of zones and the city and turned it to the wine road by local tourism boards. Though the road is open to traffic most of it to understand that they are apt to find cyclist and walkers out exploring the countryside. Yes many of the roads are in the hills because the best place to grow the vines to produce grapes is an area with sloping soil for the drainage. But this does not mean you have to be a world-class bicyclist or hiker to enjoy the area. With some careful planning you can immerse yourself into the small authentic villages, history, and enjoy some of the great food and wine Italy is helpful. If you come on vacation to visit Italy you can grasp what it means to be Italian or Italian culture without seeing the country from the perspective of the hills
The most appreciated wines in the region come from the provinces of Treviso, Verona, Padova, Venice, and Vicenza. The area around Verona, with its temperate climate and hilly surrounding, is believed to have cultivated grapes since the Bronze Age. These wines zones make a perfect destination to relax and enjoy nature by exploring by bicycle or foot. There are areas accessible for all levels of cyclist and walkers, and what better way to relax after a good day of riding or hiking with a glass of quality wine.
Wine Zones of the Veneto by Province
- Arcole DOC Wine Zone, Verona
- Bardolino Wine Zone, Verona Province
- Custoza D.O.C. Wine Zone, Verona Province
- Garda D.O.C. WIne Zone, Verona Province
- Lugana D.O.C. Wine Zone, Verona Province
- Merlara D.O.C. Wine Zone, Verona Province
- Monti Lessini Wine Zone, Verona Province
- Soave Wine Zone, Verona Province
- Terra dei Forti Val d'Adige Wine Zone, Verona Province
- Valpolicella Wine Zone, Veneto Italy
- Asolina Hills and Montello Wine Zones in Treviso Province
- Conegliano Wine Zone Treviso Province
- Piave River Wine Zone Treviso Italy
- The Lison Wine Zone Treviso Italy
- Riviera del Brenta Wine Zone, Venice Italy
- Bagnoli o Bagnoli di Sopra D.O.C. Wine Zone
- Corti Benedettine del Padovano D.O.C. Wine Zone
- Euganei Hills Wine, Padova Province Italy
- Breganze Wine Zone, Vicenza Italy
- Gambellara Wine Zone, Vicenza Italy
- The Colli Berici Wine Zone, Vicenza Italy