This northern Italian region is renown for its superb wines, outstanding art, music, and architecture.
The region is famous for its masterful creations, including a wine, Amarone Classico della Valpolicella.
Beautiful rolling hills dappled with cypress trees, the famous and beautiful Lake Garda, the historic cities of Verona, Venice, and others, picturesque villas And romantic feel have inspired greatness for centuries.
Veneto, along with Piedmont and Tuscany, is part of Italy’s triumvirate of iconic wine regions. Veneto’s wines bear the terror’s unmistakable stamp of purity, clarity, fruit, texture and overall character.
Veneto’s most treasured red wine styles, each use classic and indigenous grape varieties – Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara.
There are also white grape varieties – Garganega, Pinot Grigio, Godo Bianco, Sauvignon Blanc, and many others, plus some other French varieties.
Amarona, Veneto’s most iconic wine is rich, intense, complex, and stately, with a classic dark chocolate or coffee finish. You can pair it with fresh, ripe figs, or risotto all Amarone (use carnaroli rice for the risotto), baked pastas, game stews, medium-rare grilled steaks, or dark chocolate.
Valpolic ella is a medium-weight fruity wine blended usually using Molinara, Rondinealla, and Corvina, but there are other version too, like Valpolicella Classico from the “heart” of the region, ripasso a regular Valpolicella re-fermented on the lees of Amarone, or Reciotto della Valpolicella from the “lobes” of the bunches that contain higher levels of natural sugar.
Bardolino is a light, fragrant red wine made for quick consumption. Recommended with antipasti, sausages, roasted root vegetables, hamburgers, pastas with chicken or pastas with meat sauces.
Cabernet Sauvignon, and merlot, grown in Veneto, also produce fine medium weight wines.
Soave is the most famous white wine of Veneto, but there are also very fine sauvignon Blanc, pinot Grigio, and blends.
Here are some Veneto wines I recommend:
Monte Fante Riserva Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Remo Farina
Elegant, sophisticates, rich, with aromas of leather and dried tobacco leaf flavours. Good depth and length.
Vignetti Vallarta di Marano Classico, 2006, Giuseppe Campagnola
Deep red, dense colour, intense, ripe berry aromas, good length and finish
Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2006, Fratelli Tedeschi
Excellent aromas of ripe blueberries. Rich and creamy mid-palate with a pleasant and long finish
Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Agricola Masi
Mid-weight, elegant, fruity, balanced with a fine aftertaste
Casatto del Merlo Reciotto Della Valpolicella Classico, 2007, Giuseppe Campagnola
Sweet cherry, raspberry, pomegranate syrup aromas noticeable. The wien is medium-weight with a moderate sweetness and milk chocolate flavour. Savour with pecan tart of blue cheese.
500 ml bottle
Monti Garbi Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore, 2008, Tenuta Sant’ Antonio
Cherry, coffee, cocoa aromas are evident. Dry, balanced, medium-weight with good lively acidity. Savour with pasta enhanced with meat sauce, roasted root vegetables, beef stews, antipasti, pizzas, grilled lamb chops, roast leg of lamb.
Bardolino, 2010, Monte del Fra
Medium-bodied, refreshing and clean tasting. Good acidity. Recommended with light foods
Montebelvedere Cabernet, 2007, Dal Maso
Raspberry, blackberry and smoke greet the nose. Dry, medium-bodied, well-balanced and long finish. Savour with lasagna, pizza, meat-sauced pastas, lamb stews, roast loin of pork.
Merlot, 2008, Piovene Porto Godi Fra
Rich and sweet medium-palate with peppery notes, complex and rich flavours. Good length.
Le Bine Monte Foscarino Soave Classico, 2009. Giuseppe Campagnola
A blend of Garganega and Trebbiano with citrus and pear notes. Dry, crisp, with a medium body and good length.
Monte Taber Pinot Grigio, 2009, San Raffaele
Offers candied citrus fruit aromas. Dry, light with refreshing and fine acidity
Godo Biano, 2009, Remo Farina
A blend of Garganega and Sauvignon Blanc offering apple, citrus and floral aromas. Dry, crisp, round with good depth.