The Veneto is a land of Northern Italy with olden wine-growing traditions that competes with region Apulia for the first place as the biggest producer of wine. It can also pride itself on possessing the primacy for the production of an extremely large number of DOC wines of all categories and of three DOCG wines (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita):
Bardolino Superiore, Recioto di Soave, Soave Superiore.
 
     
 
 
     
  When traveling from Milan to Venice, the first encountered wine producing area of Veneto is in the province of Verona. This area, which lies between Lake Garda and Verona, produces mostly red wines.
Bardolino, one of the most charming Italian table wines; it has a clear, lively color and has a fresh taste and what can be best, an agreeable bouquet.
Valpolicella, an everyday red wine, is a red turning to garnet with age, dry or slightly sweet, and has plenty of body, and occasionally, a slight taste of bitter almonds. South-West and East of Verona mostly white-grape high quality vines are produced:
Bianco di Custoza: it has a soft almost straw color, with a slightly sweet and bitter aroma.
Soave is one of the most known white wines of the area. It has a straw color turning to green, a dry taste and a slight scent of almonds. Soave is particularly good served with seafood.
Recioto di Soave is a wine made from partly dried grapes, sweet and liquorish, which contains at least 14°C alcohol. The color is bright yellow. It has a complex aroma of honey, with a hint of “grapey” flowers and a velvety bouquet. The body is full and with a pleasant taste of almonds.

 
     
 
     
  The Veneto's central hills take in several DOC zones.
Near Vicenza whites are similar to those of neighboring Soave, and on Colli Berici prevailing varieties are the Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonney.
North of the province lies another of Veneto wine producing areas, which has earned a reputation for Breganze wines, either white or red.
Near Padova are the Colli Euganei, a range of hills of volcanic origin so that their soils are rich in mineral substances and, therefore, are highly suited to the cultivation of vines. Their sheer slopes render a range of red and white varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tocai and Moscato (still, sweetish or sparkling).
 
     
 
     
  Treviso's province produces, in the DOC zone around the river Piave, high quality red wines such as Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and whites such as Tocai and Verduzzo. They are generally referred to as “Vini del Piave”.
Also, one of the Veneto’s traditional white grapes is the Prosecco, which is used to produce the best Prosecco wine only in a limited area around the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Prosecco is a dry to softly sweet white, almost always sparkling.
The adjacent Montello e Colli Asolani DOC zone is noted for Cabernet and Merlot, and for its own version of the Prosecco, which is the most important wine in terms of production.
Colli di Conegliano DOC belongs to the great, ancient tradition of winemaking in the hills of Treviso. This appellation valorizes a great tradition of winegrowing while protecting a number of local productions such as Refrontolo and Torchiato.
 
     
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