Veneto: land of explorers and traders
Being the largest wine-producing region in Italy, it comes as no surprise that Veneto hosts 14 DOCGs, the highest tier of Italian wine law. These include Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG, Soave Superiore DOCG, and top-shelf Prosecco. The region is also home to 29 DOCs and a handful of IGPs.
Veneto produces 8.5 million hectoliters of wine every year in all colours and quality levels. The most planted grapes are Glera (24%), Garganega (14%), Merlot (12%), Corvina (10%), and Pinot Grigio (9%), but there are over 40 varieties scattered in the region’s vineyards.
The king of Veneto’s red wines is Amarone, a rare speciality of dry fine wine made with passified grapes. Muscular, sturdy, and aromatically layered with everything from plum aromas to chocolate, dried herbs, and liquorice. The complex bouquet makes it a charmer. Get to know Amarone with a bottle of Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG.
The Valpolicella Ripasso, also known as ‘baby Amarone’ is delightful too. Brigaldara Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore “Il Vegro” is an explosion of ripe red fruit and spices hard to forget.
You can’t talk about Veneto without mentioning Prosecco, the elegant sparkling wine that has taken the world by storm. Enjoy a bottle of Sacchetto Prosecco Brut “Fili” to see how good the bubbly wine can be.
Although most of Veneto’s wines styles enjoy popularity, there are still hidden gems for adventurer wine lovers to discover. Conte Emo Capodilista Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio Passito DOCG “Donna Daria” is a true masterpiece of a dessert white wine and only enjoyed by serious wine connoisseurs.