Dominated by Venice, this region has so much more to offer for the traveller who is prepared to leave the romantic enchantment of the Venetian palaces and canals behind. The architectural delights of the villas of Palladio await the visitor to Vicenza and the outdoor concerts in the summer in the Roman amphitheatre of Verona are always something special. Elsewhere, the beauty of the frescoes by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova, dating from the early 14th century, is just outstanding. To the west are the natural beauties of Lake Garda and to the north, the Alps.
But in all this artistic and historic beauty, there are some truly great wines to be found and some wonderful vineyards to visit. The Veneto is one of the most productive wine regions in Italy. From the midst of this lush landscape, we have chosen these great wines for you.
In July, 2019, the hills above Valdobbiadene became a UNESCO World Heritage site. This alone would make them a good place to visit but when you add that this is the area where the best Prosecco comes from then a visit is a must. But if you prefer your white wine still rather than sparkling then the Veneto has something for you as well. One of the most famous white wines of the area is Soave from the area named after the famous castle and town between Vicenza and Verona. The Della Scala walls that connect the town with the castle are a mile long with 24 towers and were built in 1369 by the ruling family of the same name from Verona. The view from the castle of the surrounding countryside is magnificent.
For those who would like a famous red – and who wouldn’t? – it doesn’t get much better than Amarone and its younger brother, Valpolicella. The area from which this wine takes its name is to the north of Vicenza and east of Lake Garda, one of the huge glacial lakes that dominate the landscape of the southern Alps. Here they produce a selection of great red wines.
In the hills to the east of Lake Garda is the area that produces Bardolino Superiore, a blend of Corvina and Rondinella grapes. The temperate climate provided by the lake and the mineral-rich glacial soils combine to produce a fruity fresh flavour in these wines.