- Veneto wine
Veneto is a
wine regionin north-eastern Italy, one of a group of three highly productive Italian regions known collectively as the " Venezie" (after the ancient Venetian Republic) and the biggest DOC producer of the three. Although the Venezie collectively produce more red wine than white, the Veneto region produces more whites under DOC and is home to the famous Soavewines.
The region is protected from the harsh northern European climate by the
Alps, the foothills of which form the Veneto's northern extremes. These cooler climes are well-suited to white varieties like Garganega(the main grape for Soavewines) [it icon [http://www.ilsoave.com/en/history/ soave consorzio • vino soave recioto di soave • history ] ] while the warmer Adriaticcoastal plains and river valleys are where therenowned Valpolicella, Amaroneand BardolinoDOC reds are produced.
Veneto's growers are among the most modernised in Italy. While most of the 'classic' wines from this area are based on native grape varieties like
Proseccoand Verduzzo, high demand for Veneto wines in the foreign European and US markets has galavanized the region's producers into experimantation with Cabernets, Chardonnayand Pinotvarieties, among others. One of Italy's leading wine schools, Conegliano, is based here and the nation's most important wine fair, Vinitaly, takes place each spring in Verona. [ [http://www.made-in-italy.com/winefood/wine/italian_wine_today.htm Wine and Food - Wine - Italian Wine Today - Made In Italy On Line ] ]
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