Ultimate Guide to the Veneto Wine Region

Veneto Wine Region Agriculture

Agriculture is rich in this northern area. Like much of Italy, it's got access to water by not only sea but also­ by river. Throughout the area, there are many different climates and growing conditions that make it possible for the region to grow a vast variety or grapes and use that variety to provide the globe with world-class wines. The region boasts northern plains, rolling hills and coastal fields all unique in their soil conditions and climates, make nearly every type of combination of the two possible.

Speaking of variety, let's explore the southwest area of Veneto. This area, around the city of Verona, has miles and miles of rolling hills covered with wineries. The colder seasons are much more tempered in this area than in the northeast. This also happens to be the area where Amarone was first crafted [source: Vintages].

In the northeast of the Veneto region, you will find plains. The summers there are typical of the area, but the winters are much more intense than in other parts of the region. These conditions are idea for the Merlot and Cabernet grapes that are grown there [source: The Italian Trade Commission].

The areas near the Adriatic Sea are known for many types of grapes, particularly Raboso and Verduzzo [source: The Italian Trade Commission]. This area's climate is, by far, the most temperate in Veneto. The sea keeps the winters warmer and summers cooler than other areas, making it one of the most perfect climates on the planet for growing any number of grape varieties.

The government body that keeps track of wine zones in Italy says that there are more than 20 distinct districts within Veneto’s borders.­ Each district is known for its own unique take on the winemaking process, meaning that literally hundreds, per­haps even thousands of different wines originate in Veneto. Other wine regions may produce large amounts of wine, but few can claim to foster the wide variety of wines that Veneto does. Read on to discover just a few of the many varieties.