By Paul Caputo

Home to some of the great names of Italian wine, Veneto is a busy region of interesting DOC wines and quality minded producers.

The most famous wine in the Veneto is Amarone della Valpolicella, a rich, full bodied red famed for its production process. Corvina and Rondinella grapes are picked from the Valpolicella area and are left to dry for up to three months, leaving small but sweet wines. These are then pressed giving a much heavier wine that often surpasses 15% in alcohol. The best are great but there are plenty of pretenders.

It’s to the west of the region where there is plenty of value to be found. Bardolino in particular is a small red wine area on the edge of Lake Garda. Made from blending Corvina and Rondinella, it is a light and fruity wine that can provide plenty of exciting mineral quality.

Appellations of Veneto

Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

Amarone della Valpolicella is one of the great wines of Italy. Produced using a portion of dried grapes, it is a rich, robust, full boded red.

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Arcole DOC

The small DOC of Arcole produces white wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio and reds from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Bagnoli di Sopra DOC

Sometimes just referred to as Bagnoli DOC.

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Bardolino DOC

Bardolino DOC is home to red wines produced just to the east of Lake Garda. Generally they are soft and fruity, although in recent years there is a big drive to return to the terroir driven wines that made the area famous in the 1970s and 80s.

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