Veneto

Veneto Veneto is located in northeastern Italy, at the top of the Adriatic Sea. Its capital and largest city is Venice (Venezia), although Verona is nearly as large. Tourists come to Veneto primarily to visit the fabled city of Venice and Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona, but the region has a wealth of other gems as well, including Padua (Padova), Vicenza, the Dolomite Alps, and Lake Garda. In the wine world, Veneto is best known for red Valpolicella (including Amarone), white Soave, and sparkling Prosecco. It has the second most DOCGs (14), along with 29 DOCs (see map) and 10 IGPs. Veneto is far and away the most prolific wine region, producing 9.7 million hl (108 million cases) of wine in 2015, enough to push Germany out of the world’s top 10 list if Veneto were ranked separately. Three quarters of its production is white wine—thanks mainly to Prosecco—with 57% at the DOP level. The region’s primary grape varieties are Glera (24%), Garganega (14%), Merlot (12%), Corvina (10%), and Pinot Grigio (9%).

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