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

Bianco di Custoza DOC

Sometimes referred to simply as Custoza DOC, this small Venetian appellation produces white wines from both Trebbiano and Garganega.

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Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG is the key appellation for premium Prosecco. Established in 2009, it delineates the original DOC territory, marking the area between the towns of Valdobbiadene in the west and Conegliano in the east. The hill of Cartizze is the most important site and produces wines labelled Superiore di Cartizze. The appellation’s Rive system has identified 43 distinctive vineyard plots that can be considered ‘cru’.

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Gambellara DOC

Gambellara is a small wine appellation in Veneto producing white still and sparkling wines from at least 80% Garganega.

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Lessini Durello DOC

Lessini Durello DOC is home to some increasingly popular traditional method sparkling wine. Known for its mineral driven, steely character, the wines are made exclusively from the Durella grape.

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