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The Veneto

The Veneto is one of Italy’s main wine producing regions. Situated in north-eastern Italy, with Verona at its heart bordered by Lake Garda to the west, the alpine Trentino-Alto Adige to the north and Venice and its surrounding Friuli-Venezia-Giulia to the east.

Within the region, the Soave and Valpolicella zones are two of the key areas for wine production. Both zones expanded rapidly in 1968 with the creation of the Soave and Valpolicella DOCs, creating an export boom. Production spread from the small hilly zone onto the fertile plain of the Adige river. The quality of wine produced deteriorated and somewhat damaged the reputation of wine from the area.

However, grapes grown in hillside vineyards where yields are controlled produce quality wines and this is certainly the case today.

We feel Garganega is the best quality grape used for the production of Soave, hence our decision to make a Soave DOC from 100% Garganega and an IGT Garganega.

In recent years, Pinot Grigio has become a very important white grape variety in the Veneto. The story is similar here. The better wines are made from grapes grown on poorer soils in hillier vineyards and have greater intensity of flavour and character.

In Valpolicella, Corvina, regarded as the best grape, is blended with Corvinone and Rondinella to produce red wines such as Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso and Amarone.

The climate in and around Verona is continental, although moderated by Lake Garda, with its sub-Mediterranean climate. Over the summer months, temperatures are high while winter is cool and wet. Humidity is high throughout the year, especially in winter when fog is common.

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