Along with Sicily and Puglia, Veneto is one of Italy's biggest wine-producing regions. The region supplies almost one fifth of all the quality wines made in Italy, including some of the country's most famous names.
There are three districts in Veneto that produce quality wines. The province of Verona in the west, located in the hills between Lake Garda and Soave, produces some of Italy's most popular wines, such as the Amarone de la Valpolicella. The other two wine-producing districts are located in the central hills of Vicenza, Padua and Treviso provinces, and on the eastern plains in the Piave basin, where the famous Prosecco de Valdobbiadene is made.
The reputation of the wines from Veneto is founded on the particular climatic conditions that reign in the region. The vines planted on hillsides face south and are protected from the cold northerly winds by the Alps, a fact that allows the grapes to mature perfectly. The various types of soils include the morainic deposits near Lake Garda, the rock produced by the erosion of the Dolomites in the alpine foothills and the fertile soils and alluvial gravel in the plains.
The Verona region, home of the famous Amarone, one of the country's finest red wines, is considered to be the wine centre of Italy. Every year, Verona hosts Italy's most famous fair of Italian wines, Vinitaly. (Alfavin.ch)
Provinces: Belluno, Padova, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona, Vicenza
Total surface area of vineyards: 70,500 ha
Annual output: 8,020,000 hl
Red/rosé: 2,902,000 hl
White: 5,118,000 hl
Proportion of total vineyards in Italy: 17,9%