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Travel Guide to Veneto Wine region

Veneto wine region is one of the most important among all the regions of Italy. Venetian wines bring history and character to the table. Besides wines, the region that has a thousand faces offers its cultural and natural treasures to be discovered. Started with Venice which attracts millions every year, and finished with little fairytale towns and cities with sublime cathedrals and charming waterways.

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Prosecco production area, Veneto wine region, Italy

Where is Veneto wine region located?

Veneto wine region is located in the northeast of Italy. It stretches from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea and comprises a wide low mountain range and a lowland crossed by rivers, canals, and the Po Delta. The region has borders with Emilia-Romagna to the south, Lombardy to the west, Trentino-Alto Adige to the northwest, Austria to the north and Friuli Venezia Giulia to the northeast. The capital of Veneto, Venice, attracts millions every year - either to the carnival, to the Biennale, to the film festival or simply on the Canale Grande to cruise with a boat. The attractiveness of Venice puts under its shadow other no-less attractive places outside the lagoon city. Veneto's cities and towns are full of fairytale palaces, sublime cathedrals, and charming waterways. Further, Venetian wines resulting from the variety of grapes grown here are unique.

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Veneto Wine Map

What Veneto wine region has to offer

Vineyards in the Veneto wine region can be found on the shores of Lake Garda as well as near the lagoon of Venice, at the foot of the Dolomites, and in the hills of Mantua. The variety of the cultivated grapes is unique: it ranges from autochthonous white vines such as the Prosecco or Garganega grape to Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio to the distinct red varieties Corvina and Raboso and to Cabernet and Merlot. With such well-known Venetian wines as Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave and Prosecco, Veneto is one of the most important wine-growing regions in Italy. You will find a range of activities here!

Veneto wine region is responsible for 8 million hectoliters of wine each year. Around one-third of these are DOC or DOCG wines - so wines with a registered designation of origin. So, 28 DOC and 14 DOCG consortia in all parts of the Veneto ensure that the quality remains constant and the typicity is preserved.

Wines of Veneto Italy- something more than Prosecco

Due to the diverse soil conditions in Veneto wine region, the most diverse varieties of grapes are cultivated. which also results in the diversity of Venetian wines produced here.

Soave and Gambellara

The dominant grape variety in the Veneto wine region is the high-yielding white Garganega, which is the main grape for the production of Soave and Gambellara wines. These are one of the most popular wines of Veneto wine region. Gambellara can produce fragrant white wines with a fine lemon and almond flavor. Soave is one of the best-known white wine of Veneto wine region and even of Italy.

Soave must be at least 70% from the Garganega grape pressed and stored for at least eight months if he wants to get the coveted designation "Classico".

Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino

The indigenous red grape varieties Corvina and Rondinella have a long tradition and they are the basis for the famous Amarone, Valpolicella and Bardolino. A good Valpolicella is a ruby ​​red in youth, then garnet red, he has a powerful body and is velvety-harmonious.

The famous red wine of Veneto wine region is Amarone. The dense, rich, and often expensive wine is made from air-dried, resinated grapes. The Amarone is also available in a sweet version under the name Recioto.

On the right bank of Lake Garda thrives on moraine hills with gravel and sand, where they produce Bardolino wines.

And of course, Prosecco

Prosecco is a famous wine from Veneto wine region, and it is the pride of the locals. Most of these white Venetian wines come as frizzante (sparkling) or spumante (foaming) on ​​the market, and from "Amabile" (sweet) to "secco" (dry) it is to be found in all variants. Prosecco refers to a denomination of origin and is made from the Glera grape variety.

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Vineyards in Veneto wine region, Italy


Top Places to visit in Veneto Wine Region

If you are travelling in the Veneto wine region and want to visit places other than Venice and or want to get away in nature, then you will discover some culturally significant cities and the tourist pass natural places of the region.

Vicenza - The city of goldsmiths

Vicenza is the fourth largest city in the Veneto wine region, with 115,550 inhabitants. Nevertheless, the capital of the homonymous region is one of the culturally richest cities in Italy. Vicenza together with 24 Palladian Villas of Veneto belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1994. The significance of these villas is in architecture, which is an outcome of a detailed study of classical Roman architecture by Andrea Palladio. Therefore, Vicenza is also called Palladian city.

Villa Almerico Capra Valmarana, also known as "La Rotonda", is located close to Vicenza, Italy-2015-min
Villa Almerico Capra Valmarana, also known as "La Rotonda", is located close to Vicenza, Italy

Not only immense architectural gems such as villas and palaces from the 16th century are open to visitors in the old town to visit. There are also more than 1,000 goldsmiths in Vicenza who make jewellery and gild the lives of tourists with their creations. Three times a year there is a world-renowned jewellery exhibition – the Vicenza Oro. But also modernity shows itself in Vicenza by means of industry and high-rise buildings. It is best to visit the place and get a picture of the varied Vicenza.

Verona – the city that has to offer more than Romeo & Juliet

Even if the story of Romeo and Juliet of Shakespeare's tragedy immediately comes to mind if you think of Verona, it's not just a destination for romanticism: Active vacationers, as well as art and culture enthusiasts, will find what they are looking for in the northern Italian city and its surroundings. The most famous building in Verona dates back to Roman times and is the perfect starting point for a tour of the city: The Arena di Verona is a Roman amphitheatre from the 1st century. Due to the uniquely beautiful acoustics in the arena, the venue has quickly established itself as a venue for operas, concerts, and other performances.

Further, Scaliger Castelvecchio is now one of the most interesting attractions in the city. The Castle of the Lords of Verona was built between 1354 and 1356 under Cangrande II Della Scala. Visit the museum of Castelvecchio, which was reconstructed by a famous architect, Carlo Scarpa between 1959 and 1973. That's why it is a real gem for architecture lovers.

Museum of Castelvecchio in Verona, Italy

Piazza Delle Erbe is the heart of Verona; life pulsates here, Market stalls open every day, and charming wine bars and cafés invite you to linger awhile. Just sit down and admire the piazza with its surrounding numerous historic buildings. How about ending a day full of experiences with an Apéritif here?

Chioggia - Venice's little sister

Since Venice is probably the must-do of every guide for Veneto, so here hot advice for the little sister of Venice. Colourful houses, magical lanes and picturesque canals - all this and more awaits you in Chioggia. The small fishing town in the Veneto region enchants with a special charm and reminds at the first glance of Venice. This is no coincidence because Chioggia is located at the southern end of the popular lagoon city and is often referred to as "Little Venice".

As in Venice, there are many romantic bridges, narrow canals, and cute little cafes. The big difference is that there are hardly any tourists here, which makes a discovery tour much more pleasant. Stroll along the Corso del Popolo, visit the fish market in the Pescheria and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere - Chioggia is sure to captivate you!

Chioggia, Veneto region,
Chioggia, Veneto region, Italy

Nature off the tourist paths

Beautiful mountain landscapes with a wide network of well-developed hiking trails, adventurous climbing trails, and nice wine roads to walk along - in Veneto wine region you will find a great mix of pure nature and all kinds of sports.

Parco della Lessinia - varied Flora and Fauna

About thirty kilometers northeast of Bardolino begins the diverse natural landscape of the Parco Della Lessinia, which not only holds forests and meadows. When hiking through the Parco Della Lessinia, travelers will come across quaint hamlets, where a break with a glass of wine and a typical Venetian meal will give you strength. Small nature bridges help to overcome the rivers within the park. If you are in the Parco Della Lessinia, you should also visit the village of Molina. After visiting the "Molin de Lorenzo", an old restored mill, the path to the "Parco Cascate Molina" is not far. Hikers will find peace and relaxation in the middle of wild waterfalls.

Mincio - georgeous routes along the river

Along the shore, Veneto's nature reveals itself in a special way. Here travelers will find numerous small towns and villages such as Ponte Sul Mincio and Borghetto di Valeggio - partly embedded in a picturesque vineyard landscape.

Little village Borghetto, near Valeggio sul Mincio, Veneto, Italy

In connection with the Minicio is also the "Strada del Vino Bardolino". It starts in the eponymous town of Bardolino, passes over the hills of Monte Baldo and finally ends in Bussolengo. A relaxing day trip on the "Strada del Vino Bardolino" promises the approximately twelve-kilometer stretch between Peschiera del Garda and Vallegio Sul Mincio. Along the way, numerous wineries offer tastings of the classics Bardolino and Chiaretto.

With homemade Tortellini from Vallegio sul Minco, accompanied by a classic Venetian wine and trout from Borghetto di Vallegio, the region around the river also has much to offer discerning gourmets.

Monte Baldo - the highest mountain massif on Lake Garda

The Monte Baldo is a ridge of the Garda Mountains of about 30 kilometers in length. It is located on the western shore of Lake Garda near the village of Malcesine. Flora and fauna of the Monte Baldo exhibit a large species richness. For this reason, he was already titled in the 16th century as the "Garden of Italy". Some plants were discovered for the first time on Monte Baldo.

From the village of Malcesine since 1962, a cable car goes up to the mountain station of Monte Baldo. So hikers can explore the variety of trails on the mountain massif with its natural parks. The paths have different levels of difficulty. So there are easy ways that invite to walks. But also trekking tours are possible. In addition, mountain bikers will find a little paradise on Monte Baldo.

View on Lake Garda from Monte Baldo, Veneto, Italy

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Surprising Gastronomy of Veneto Wine Region

Veneto wine region is a gourmet paradise and the birthplace of simple and surprisingly delicious dishes. The national cuisine is based on seafood, delicious meats, and seasonal vegetables; it represents very simple and healthy food.

While in the old day's spices were often used more in the rest of Europe for food preservation than for their flavor changes, Venetian cuisine adopted some of the spices of international cuisines and created new dishes such as the Sarde in saor, that represents the balance between sweet, sour and salty. Unlike the more southern regions of Italy, pasta is less common in favor of polenta and risotto.

Carpaccio - a classic with interesting origin

A typical regional delicacy of Veneto wine region is carpaccio, thin slices of raw meat seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil.

The story of this dish is very interesting: The first time it was cooked in the Jerez Bar in Venice. One of the bar's most loyal customers was ill and doctors advised him to eat raw meat. The head chef of the bar, Giuseppe Cipriani, invented a simple and quick dish for the customer. He cut thin beef and sprinkled slices with mayonnaise. The new dish was named after the Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio, who was known for the characteristic red and white tones of his work.


Risotto all' Amarone  - the combination of three excellent ingredients

Rice plays a central role in the gastronomy of Veneto wine region. Even today, in the Verona area, the interesting rice variety Vialone nano is produced, which is protected by the DOP (denominazione di origine protetta) trademark.

Above all, the Risotto all' Amarone is one of the most popular and typical dishes of the Veronese kitchen, a showpiece of many well-known restaurants in the city. In this classic recipe, three excellent products from the region meet each other: the wine Amarone Della Valpolicella, the cheese Monte Veronese, and the rice Vialone Nano. The latter is medium-grain rice, which is very well suited for the preparation of risotto.

Wine pair: You can pair it with the remaining Amarone or with a lighter Valpolicella wine!

Sarde in saòr - a old sailor's dish

Sarde in Saòr is an indispensable part of the Cicheti, the small aperitif appetizers that are offered in every down-to-earth Osteria in Veneto wine region. The Saòr, a marinade of oil, vinegar, and herbs, goes back to the maritime tradition of Veneto. The Saòr made fish durable and therefore ensured the supply of the sailors with egg white and vitamins. In fact, Venetian sailors never suffered from scurvy. Of course, preserving food is no longer a secret today, but the Saòr is still a great marinade for fish, vegetables, and meat.


Insider Tips about Veneto Wine Region

Where to eat in Veneto wine region?

Antica Osteria Paverno

  • Address: 9, Localita' Paverno, 37020, Marano di Valpolicella VR, Italy
  • Menu: Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Specialties: Fish, Meat

Recommended by Degani F.lli di Degani Aldo

Trattoria Caprini

  • Address: Via P. Zanotti, 9, 37024 Torbe VR, Italy
  • Menu: Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Specialties: Barbecue/grill, Meat

Recommended by Nicolis

Osteria Giulietta e Romeo

  • Address: Corso Sant'Anastasia, 27, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
  • Menu: Italian, vegetarian options
  • Specialties: Meat, Pasta


Recommended by Degani F.lli di Degani Aldo

Where to stay in Veneto wine region?

B&B Corte Formigar

  • Address: Via Formigar, 4, 37015 Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella VR, Italy
  • Facilities and services: Breakfast, Bikes available for rental

Hotel Valpolicella

  • Address: Via L. Beethoven, 3, 37029 San Pietro in Cariano (Italy)
  • Facilities and services: Breakfast, Bike rentals, meeting room


Enjoy Hotel Peschiera Del Garda

  • Address: Via Venezia, 26, 37019 Peschiera del Garda VR, Italy
  • Facilities and services: Restaurant, Bar, Meeting room, Swimming pool, Hot tub/Jacuzzi, Spa, Bicycle rental

The best wine bars in Veneto wine region

Affi Wine Bar

  • Address: Via Giovanni Pascoli, 29, 37010 Affi VR, Italy
  • Wine menu: National; Antipast and meals


L'Enoteca Arilica Wine Select

  • Address: loc. Casa Otello, 10 - 37019 Peschiera del Garda - VR Italy
  • Wine menu: National; Italian dishes


Spirito Boutique

  • Address: Via G. Marconi, 24, 37015 Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella VR, Italy
  • Wine menu: Internacional



What to do in Veneto wine region?

Relax time in the thermal spa Aquardens

  • Address: Via Valpolicella, 63, 37026 Pescantina VR, Italy


Enjoy the Molina Falls

  • Address: Via B. Bacilieri, 37022 Molina VR, Italy


Adventures in the great Gardaland Park

  • Address: Via Derna, 4, 37014 Castelnuovo del Garda VR, Italy Partner Wineries to Visit in Valpolicella

Valentina Cubi - Artisan Wine Producers in Tune with Nature

Terre Di Pietra Sas - True Italian family wine making at its finest

Tenute Ugolini - Healthy vines in the worlds most healthiest wine regions

Tenute Fasoli Lorena - Italian family wine making at its very best

Tenute Falezza - Discover the state-of-the-art cellar and boutique wine shop of the winery

Tenuta Vignega - Organic Fashion Wines That are Sure to Steal Your Heart

Monte dei Ragni di Zeno Zignoli - A “Cult"" Brand Among Wine Connoisseurs

Le Bignele Winery - Discover the Le Bignele farm and the winery experience

Corte Martini - A charming vineyard in the I Martini district in Italy

Corte Lonardi Di Lonardi Silvia - Small Valpolicella winery processing high-quality wines and olive oil with tradition

Corte Fornaledo - The taste of history, passion and culture

Corte Bravi - Taste Italian Wines and Learn the Rich History of Italian Poet, Dante

Corte Aleardi - Witness the 18th-century underground stone cellar of Italian origin

Castellani Michele & Figli - Traditions and Modernity in the Same Glass of Wine

Cantina Sociale Valpolicella Negrar - Wine Production from the Heart of the Classic Valpolicella Area

Azienda Agricola Monte Zovo - Discover the vineyards of morenic amphitheater, shaped 2000 years ago

Azienda Agricola Manara - Winery that Bonds with the Land

Accordini Igino - 2 centuries of winemaking

Frequently Asked Questions about Veneto Wine Region

1. Where is the Veneto wine region located?

Veneto wine region is located in north-eastern Italy and it is the 8th largest region of the country. The regions boards Lombardy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.

2. What are the most famous sub-regions and appellations in Veneto?

Veneto is home to incredible sub-regions where distinct wine is made.

Valpolicella, Soave, Lugana, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, and Colli Berici are the most famous-subregions of Veneto, where it is produced wines from DOCGs like Amarone della Valpolicella, Bardolino Superiore, and Colli Asolani Prosecco.

3. Which of the following grape varieties is the major variety of Veneto?

The main grapes found on Veneto wines are Glera, Garganega, and Corvina Veronese, totalizing around half of the grape varieties under the vine in the region.

4. What wine is Veneto known for?

A classic of the region, Amarone Della Valpolicella is a fabulous wine that has the heart of different wine enthusiasts. This wine is so bold in flavors and appreciated that has a dish prepared with, the Risotto all Amarone, a perfumed plate that has its rise colored red.

5. What is the Veneto region famous for?

One of the most famous things about Veneto is, certainly, its capital city of Venice. A top destination for travelers in Europe, the city of canals and boats holds a millenary history and lovely citadels to visit.

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