Wines of Veneto Region in Italy

Exploring the Wines of Veneto and All The Region Has To Offer

Veneto is an Italian wine region boasting a diverse array of wines that are as charming as the region itself. To savor Veneto wines fully, immerse yourself in everything the region offers.

Key Takeaways

  • Veneto boasts a rich tapestry of grape varieties, both red and white. Notably, Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara shine in reds like Valpolicella, while Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave contribute to refreshing whites like Soave.
  • Veneto is home to internationally acclaimed wines like Amarone della Valpolicella, known for its full-bodied richness, and Prosecco, a sparkling gem from Conegliano Valdobbiadene. These wines represent the pinnacle of Veneto’s winemaking expertise and are celebrated globally.
  • The region is renowned for its unique winemaking methods, such as the appassimento process in crafting Amarone. This involves drying grapes to enhance flavors, resulting in robust and concentrated wines, showcasing Veneto’s innovation in the winemaking realm.

The Veneto Wine Region

The diverse terrain of the Veneto

The Veneto wine region, a verdant expanse in northeastern Italy, stretches from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, creating a unique fusion of climates and landscapes conducive to viticulture. This diverse region, flanked by:

  • Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Emilia Romagna
  • Lombardia
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • the Adriatic Sea

is a cornucopia of wine styles and grape varieties, with numerous wines produced.

Facts: The Veneto region produces a staggering 8.5 million hectoliters of wine annually, making it one of the largest wine-producing regions in Italy and the biggest DOC wine producer in the country: DOC contributes to about 21% of total wine production.


The most productive areas in Veneto are the province of Verona, the hills in Treviso, Padova, and Vicenza, and the eastern plains of the Piave and Tagliamento river basins. These areas are famed for producing Amarone della Valpolicella, a full-bodied wine, and Soave, a fragrant white wine.

The History of Winemaking in Veneto

The history of the Veneto wine region is as rich and complex as the wines it produces. Veneto’s winemaking legacy dates back to the Etruscan era, as evidenced by rudimentary winemaking utensils found in the region.

The region’s wines, particularly those of Colli Euganei and Colli Vicentini, gained popularity during the Roman Empire.

Over the centuries, Veneto’s winemaking landscape evolved significantly, with the region becoming more prolific in wine production and commercialization.

The region has overcome numerous challenges. One was a devastating winter in 1709 that wiped out all trees and vines, causing a significant setback in winemaking. However, the resolute Venetians rebounded, replanting the vines and patiently awaiting their fruits to grow again.

Did you know? The Etruscans, way back in ancient times, were like early experts in making wine. They didn’t directly influence Veneto, but their knowledge about wine spread around Italy.

Later, when the Romans took over, they really liked wine too. So, the whole tradition of growing grapes and making wine kind of started way back then. It’s like the Etruscans and Romans laid the foundation for the vineyards in Veneto and other places in Italy.

For more details, read my post about the history of Italian winemaking.

– Luca

Key Grape Varieties and Wine Styles

Grape varieties popular in Veneto

Veneto is a melting pot of grape varieties, contributing to the region’s distinctive vinous styles. The region boasts a wide array of red and white grape varieties, including:

  • Corvina Veronese
  • Rondinella
  • Molinara
  • Garganega
  • Trebbiano di Soave
  • Prosecco

among others.

These grape varieties, coupled with the unique terroir of Veneto, result in an array of wine styles, ranging from the robust Amarone to the light and crisp Pinot Grigio (which I adore).

Red Grape Varieties

Veneto boasts a diverse selection of red grape varieties. The region’s vineyards have various red grape varieties, adding to their beauty. Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara are some of the popular ones.

These grapes lend their unique characteristics to the renowned red wines of the region, including the famous Valpolicella, known for its richness and concentration.

The indigenous red grape varieties in Veneto include:

  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Groppello Gentile

Each of these grapes brings its distinctive flavor profile to the region’s wines, contributing to the dynamic and complex character of Veneto red wines.

Did you know?: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara are often referred to as the “Three Musketeers” of the region’s red wines.

This harmonious blend, notably in wines like Valpolicella and Amarone, creates a symphony of flavors: Corvina Veronese contributes depth and structure, Rondinella adds a touch of fruitiness, and Molinara introduces a delightful floral aroma.

– Luca

White Grape Varieties

The distinctive charm of Veneto’s white grape varieties contributes significantly to the region’s variety of white wines. Some of the leading white grape varieties in Veneto include:

  • Garganega: renowned for its role in crafting Soave, a dry, crisp, and refreshing white wine
  • Trebbiano di Soave: another important grape variety in the region
  • Prosecco: known for producing sparkling white wines

These grape varieties play pivotal roles in producing white wines in Veneto.

The region also cultivates a host of other white grape varieties like:

  • Bianchetta Trevigiana
  • Cortese
  • Moscato Bianco
  • Pinot Bianco
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Prosecco

These grapes imbue Veneto’s fragrant white wines with a range of flavor profiles, from Prosecco’s floral and fruity notes to the crisp, citrusy undertones of Pinot Grigio (my favorite).

Famous Wines of Veneto

Sunset wine sipping - white refreshing Soave

Among the broad spectrum of Veneto’s wines, some names stand out more than others. Renowned wines of Veneto include:

  • Valpolicella
  • Soave
  • Prosecco
  • Bardolino
  • Bianco di Custoza

With its unique charm and taste profile, these wines are a testament to the region’s diverse grape varieties and winemaking prowess.

Valpolicella (DOC)

Valpolicella is a wine that beautifully reflects the richness and abundance of the Veneto region. Produced in the Valpolicella Valley, between Lake Garda and Verona, this wine enjoys global recognition for its quality, particularly the Recioto and Amarone styles.

Valpolicella wines are mainly crafted from a blend of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes, which lend them a unique complexity and richness.

The Valpolicella DOC, in its youth, is ruby red in color, transitioning to a garnet red hue as it ages. Its robust body and velvety-harmonious flavor characterize it, making it a favorite among famous red wine enthusiasts.

The Amarone della Valpolicella, a full-bodied wine crafted from air-dried, resinated grapes, is revered for its richness and concentration.

Good to know: Valpolicella has an alcohol content of 11%. If it is aged for more than one year and has an alcohol content of 12%, it can be labeled “Superiore.”

Amazon della Valpolicella  wine
Amarone della Valpolicella (photo by @valpolicellawineand)

Soave and Recioto di Soave (DOC)

Soave and Recioto di Soave are two distinctive wines that highlight the versatility of Veneto’s white grape varieties.

Soave is a dry, crisp, refreshing white wine made predominantly from the Garganega grape, with Trebbiano di Soave occasionally supporting. The wine is produced in the sunny, hilly region east of Verona, giving it a unique terroir-driven character.

The wine can be labeled “Superiore” with an aging period of eight months and a minimum alcohol level of 11.5%. If the grapes come from the oldest production area, the specification “Classico” applies.

Recioto di Soave, on the other hand, is a dessert wine crafted from slightly dried grapes (it can come in both sparkling and non-sparkling versions). It shares the same grape composition as Soave but undergoes a different winemaking process that results in a sweet, luscious wine.

With its golden yellow hue and velvety, full-bodied palate, Recioto di Soave is an exceptional dessert wine that pairs wonderfully with a range of sweet treats.

Fun fact: It was one of the favorite wines of Gabriele D’Annunzio who declared that Soave was the wine of youth and love.

Recioto di Soave wine
Recioto di Soave (photo by @eledicio)

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene (DOC)

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene is a sparkling jewel in the crown of Veneto wines. This effervescent wine is crafted from the indigenous Prosecco (Glera) grape, cultivated in the rolling hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

The region’s mild climate, constant sunlight, and unique soil composition provide the perfect environment for the Prosecco vine, resulting in a wine as vibrant as the landscape it hails from.

Prosecco is characterized by:

  • Its bright straw color
  • Its fruity aroma boasting notes of peach, apple, pear, and a hint of citrus
  • On the palate, it is refreshing and slightly acidulous

This makes it an excellent aperitif wine that pairs well with various dishes, especially when it comes to sparkling wines.

Whether it’s a grand celebration or a quiet evening at home, a glass of Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene is a delightful addition.

Did you know? There is also a “spumante” version of the Prosecco that has a fine, persistent foam.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene
Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene (photo credit @Instagram)

Bardolino (DOC)

Bardolino, a charming wine from the resort town of Bardolino by Lake Garda, is a testament to Veneto’s red wine prowess. This light, fruity red wine is made from a blend of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Molinara, and Negrara grapes used to produce Bardolino wines.

Creating a delightful Italian wine experience that perfectly embodies the spirit of the Veneto region.

Bardolino wines, including the renowned bardolino classico wines, are legendary among Veneto’s wines, earning the distinction of being Italy’s first classified “vino novello”:

What does it mean? When bottled before December 31st of the year of its production, this wine is called “novello.”


This wine is often paired with freshwater fish specialties, making it a perfect choice for those who enjoy a lighter style of red wine.

With well over twenty million liters produced yearly, Bardolino wines are a testament to the region’s winemaking prowess and dedication to quality.

Bianco di Custoza (DOC)

Bianco di Custoza, a straw-yellow wine made from a blend of Trebbiano Toscano, Garganega, Tocai Friulano, and other grapes, carries a unique moniker – the “Patriotic Wine”.

The name stems from the battles in the town of Custoza during the Risorgimento era, adding a historical significance to this delightful wine.

The wine is characterized by its bright straw color, delicate vinous scent, and a dry, acidulous taste with a slightly tannic note.

With an alcohol content of 11%, Bianco di Custoza is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Whether savoring seafood pasta or a fresh salad, a glass of Bianco di Custoza will elevate your meal.

Lessini Durello (DOC)

Lessini Durello is an intriguing wine made from the late-ripening Durella grape. Available in both still and sparkling varieties, this wine stands out in the Veneto wine scene with its distinctive, dry, acidulous taste.

The Durella grape, known for its late ripening, is usually harvested towards the end of October, lending a unique character to the wine.


Lessini Durello is characterized by its bright straw color, delicate vinous scent, and dry, acidulous taste, making it a delightful addition to any wine collection. Whether you prefer a still or sparkling variety, Lessini Durello offers a distinct taste experience that reflects the unique terroir of the Veneto region.

Lesser Known But Also Great Veneto Wines

Apart from the well-known names, the Veneto region also produces a range of lesser-known wines that are equally delightful.

Wine RegionLocation & CharacteristicsNotable Wines
Lison-Pramaggiore (DOC)From Pordenone in Friuli-Venezia Giulia to Conegliano and Montello hills. Rich, fertile soil.Twelve different types.
Gambellara (DOC)Etruscan origins, named for modest vegetation. Warm golden color, vinous aroma, velvety flavor.
Montello e Colli Asolani (DOC)Right bank of the Piave river. Seven wine varieties including Prosecco and Merlot.Montello e Colli Asolani Rosso, Merlot, Cabernet, Prosecco, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio.
Vini del Piave (DOC)Along the Piave River, fertile plains. Five wine varieties including Merlot and Cabernet.Piave Merlot, Cabernet, Tocai, Verduzzo, Raboso.
Colli Berici (DOC)South of Vicenza, mild climate. Hills covered with vines since 1250.Garganega, Tocai Italico, Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tocai Rosso, Cabernet.
Colli di Conegliano (DOC)Various communes in Treviso. Known for both white and red wines, including passito and torchiato styles.Colli di Conegliano Bianco, Rosso, Refrontolo Passito, Torchiato di Fregona.
Colli Euganei (DOC)Surrounds Padova with volcanic hills. Rich mineral soils ideal for vine cultivation.Eight varieties including Bianco, Fior d’Arancio, and Merlot.
Breganze (DOC)Ancient wine region in Vicenza. Known for quality wines since the year 1000.Breganze Bianco, Rosso, Cabernet, Pinot Nero, Grigio, Bianco, Vespaiolo.
Bagnoli (DOC)Produced in Padova, named after Bagnoli di Sopra. Prestigious and high-quality wines.Includes Rosso, Caberno, Friularo, Merlot, Rosato, Bianco, Spumante Bianco, Passito.
Other excellent Venetian wines.

Whether you’re a fan of full-bodied reds, crisp whites, or delightful dessert wines, the lesser-known wines of Veneto are sure to offer a world of discovery and delight.

Visiting Wineries in Veneto

Wineries and wine tasting in Veneto
A visit to the winery? An unforgettable insight!

A visit to the wineries in Veneto offers wine enthusiasts an unforgettable insight into the core of Italian wine culture. Veneto’s wineries provide an immersive experience into the world of Italian wine.

Winery Tours and Tastings

Entering a winery in Veneto feels akin to entering a working winemaking museum. Winery tours in the region offer the unique opportunity to get up close to the winemaking process, from the cultivation of vines to the art of wine tasting.

These wine tour experiences often include guided walks through the vineyards, cellar visits, and wine-tasting sessions where you can sample some of the best Veneto wines.

The selected wine producers are conveniently located near Vicenza and can be reached easily by local buses or by driving on the main road SS247.


  • Consorzio Tutela Vini DOC Colli Berici, Via Cá Dolfina, 40 – 36020 Ponte di Barbarano (VI), Tel. 011+39+0444+896521. Please call to make a reservation.

Wine Festivals and Events

Veneto’s vibrant wine culture extends beyond its vineyards and cellars, coming to life during wine festivals and events.

  • May (Second Sunday): Mostra dei Vini DOC dei Colli Berici. Takes place in Nanto, in the province of Vicenza.
  • September (Middle of the Month): Festa dell’Uva e del Vino. Takes place in Barbarano, in the province of Vicenza.

These celebrations offer a glimpse into the region’s rich wine heritage and traditions. Whether you’re a casual wine enthusiast or a seasoned connoisseur, attending a wine festival in Veneto is an experience not to be missed.


The Venetian wines, made from diverse grape varieties and wine styles, are a true testament to Italy’s winemaking heritage. From the robust Amarone della Valpolicella to the crisp Prosecco, the region offers a wine for every palate.

Whether you’re exploring the vineyards, sampling the wines, or participating in a local wine festival, a journey through Veneto’s wine landscape is a journey through a region rich in history, culture, and exceptional wines.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the primary grape varieties in Veneto’s wines?

Veneto’s key grape varieties include Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara for reds and Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave for whites.

What is Amarone, and how is it made?

Amarone is a renowned Veneto red wine crafted using the appassimento method. Grapes, especially Corvina, are dried to concentrate flavors, producing rich and full-bodied wine.

Which famous sparkling wine comes from Veneto?

Prosecco, a delightful sparkling wine, is a Veneto specialty, notably from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene region.

Are there iconic wine styles that Veneto is known for internationally?

Yes, internationally acclaimed wines from Veneto include Amarone della Valpolicella (full-bodied red) and Prosecco (sparkling white), showcasing the region’s winemaking excellence on a global scale.

What makes Veneto’s wine festivals unique?

Veneto’s wine festivals offer a unique blend of diverse wines, cultural celebrations, and immersive experiences, providing a comprehensive taste of the region’s wine heritage.


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