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Verona is considered part of Italy’s Tre Venezie, three Venices, because it was once a part of the old Venetian Empire. This picturesque city along the Adige river with the Lessini Mountains in the distance has been settled by many different civilizations over the centuries. Medieval era structures still exist for tourists to explore. It is most famously the setting where Shakespeare’s star-crossed, young lovers played out their tragedy. In fact, a building said to be the basis of Juliet’s house still stands as a romantic relic. It is also the location in the Veneto around which three of the region’s most important wines are produced: Soave, Valpolicella and Bardolino (Please see their individual entries in the Regions section for more information).
But wine-makers who want to produce wines that fall outside the DOC restrictions in respect to which varietals are present in the wine, the source of the fruit and/or the aging technique use the IGT, Indicazione Geografica Tipica, designation to label the wine. This means the grapes are grown within a specific growing zone but are otherwise more experimental, and often employ international varietals not used in DOC’s. In Verona (Provincia di Verona IGT), styles are either rosso, bianco, rosato, frizzante (lightly sparkling) and novello (in the young style of Beaujolais Nouveau). The wines are either blends or single varietal releases.. For reds, the typical Provincia Verona grapes are Corvina, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Nero. For whites: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Garganega, Trebbiano Toscana, Trebbiano di Soave, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. ~Amanda Schuster
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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