Veneto Wine

The Veneto, located in the north-east of Italy, is a region that contributes a significant percentage, nearly a quarter, of the country’s total wine industry. Several of the major DOCs, including Soave, Bianco di Custoza, Valpolicella and Bardolino, plus Amarone, are produced here. The beloved sparkling wine Prosecco, while produced all over the country, has its origins and its best expression in the Veneto and is its own DOC.

The history of wine-making in the region can be traced back as far as a few centuries BC in the Bronze Age. The Romans eventually took over, as they were wont to do, and began dividing plots of land into more organized vineyard sites. They also established the cities that would become Venice (Venezia) and Verona, both major hubs for fashion, art, trade and wine. There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus, describing a sweet wine made from half dried grapes in Verona that is mostly likely an early version of Amarone or Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Veneto View all

  • Corvina

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Veneto

  • Colli Berici

    The Berici Hills extend southwards from Vicenza over a vast area, enclosed by the mild climate of...

  • Valpolicella

    Valpolicella is a DOC named for the valley in the Veneto region of Italy, meaning “valley of ma...

  • Bardolino

    Bardolino is a wine produced from grapes grown in the hills surrounding Lake Garda in the Veron...

  • Bianco Di Custoza

  • Colli Euganei

Popular Wineries in Veneto View all

  • Albino Armani

    400 years among grapevines is the equivalence of infinite passion for winemaking. In the Adige Va...

  • Vignalta

    The Hills are a group of hills which rise isolated hills in the Veneto plain. Whichever way you...

  • Tinazzi

    Casa Vitivinicola Tinazzi is located in Lazise, near the beautiful Garda Lake. It was founded a...

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • Corte Lenguin

    Check out the website of this wonderful small producer in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico ...

  • Bella Sera

    Bella sera wines come from vineyards located in the renown Tre Venezie and Toscana regions of Italy.

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Veneto on Snooth

  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Superiore le Sassine 2009

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    Spicy on the nose, which is a little leafy, with curranty fruit and some paprika accents. Big and rich with wild raspberry and cherry fruit carrying faint shadings of chocolate on the palate. This is, bitterish, deep but transparent on the palate with fresh tannins, lively acids, fine minerality on the backend good length to the dark cherry rhub... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Ripasso 2008

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    Dark cherry fruit greets the nose along with layers of spicy, earthy, slightly oaky, and decidedly medicinal herbal aromas that have a slight beet root edge to them. Bright acids on entry promise a fresh wie though this immediately reveals a bit of a meaty palate rich with dark cherry fruit, rose petals, and then masses of minerally, roasted me... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Italy 2012

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    A bit oily, with dark stemmy aromas on the nose and lots of dried floral and almost autumnal spice notes. Almost sweet on entry, then broad in the mouth with assertive saline minerality to the clear and bright palate which gains firmness from a base of fine grained tannins. Elegant in the mouth, this has some weight up front but finishes with a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Valpollicella Ripasso 2011

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    Lots of dark dried fruit greets the nose along with a little pencil lead. This is supple in the mouth, rich and soft with lots of creamy edges to the dark cherry fruit. Wood tannins add some spiciness to the palate, and this is very fresh with acid and stony/mineral notes on the finish. Moderately rich and deceptively so with lovely freshness of... Read More

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  • Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2012

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    Gorgeous on the nose, all crushed fruit and flowers, and some low minty wild herbs slowly emerging with air. Delicate, juicy and simply vibrant on the palate with lovely purity to the flavors of crushed cherry fruit framed with violets and dried herb highlIghts ending with a firm, tart lingonberry jam note. Bracing and cleansing, with a fine as... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2011

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    Pepper, leather, dried blue flowers, and a hint of grilled meats frame subtle fruit on the nose. With a hint of sweetness on entry, this turns immediately round and generous in the mouth. Silky, though with some weight to the polished black cherry fruit on the palate that shows flashes of mint and spice leading to a lightly spiced, baked cherry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Viticoltori Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rafael 2011

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    Spicy on the nose, and redolent of small wild flowers wrapped around blue and black fruits. Supple and broad on the palate, this really reaches from side to side of the mouth with attractively aromatic blue floral inner mouth perfumes, a hint of something candied and minty and then a core of slightly wild plummy, extract of wild cherry fruit. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Campofiorin Ripasso. Agricola Masi 2010

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    A little smoky and earthy on the nose which is curiously a bit nutty as well. Made in a polished, fairly rich style, this features a nice blend of fresh plum and dried cherry fruit that's a bit medicinal and short but smooth as silk with a hint of vanilla over the wild cherry fruit up front, and sneaky length, with flavors of grapes skin and min... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Masi Valpolicella Bonacosta 2012

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    Slightly carbonic nose, shows mineral, and fruity aromas with with peppery accents. Opening with fine young tannins, this is bright and zesty but rather savory and more herbal than fruity on the palate. Clean and fresh on the finish, a bit raw on the nose, and decidedly chalky and slightly astringent. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bussola Valpolicella Classico Superiore Tb 2008

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    Incense, mineral, black fruit skin, greet the nose, full, deep and precise, rich, a bit leathery, deep with fresh red and dried raisin and prune fruits. theres a hint of wood here and a suggestion of evolution as well. This is superbly aromatic in the mouth, big black fruit on the palate all laced with medicinal, and licorice notes leading to a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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