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Venetien zählt zu den beliebtesten Weinbauregionen Italiens, Bild: Maria Vonotna / shutterstock

To a wine after … Veneto!

Italy is a destination for all the senses: lively cities, beautiful landscapes, culinary delights and, last but not least, world-famous wine. As a wine country, Italy is remarkable in several respects: Italy is one of the most important wine producers in the world and the cradle of Western European viticulture: with the Romans, wine came to Germany and many other countries. Italy is one of the few countries in the world that has a vibrant wine culture in all regions from north to south. Even today, “Bella Italia” is home to over 1,000 grape varieties.

The first parts of our wine tour took us to
Sicily
,
Puglia
and
Piedmont
. The fourth part now takes us to one of the most exciting and diverse wine-growing regions in Italy: Veneto. Everyone knows the capital of Veneto: Venice. The world-famous lagoon city, like Lake Garda to the west of it, is one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans. But the northern Italian region, between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, has much more to offer, especially from the perspective of wine lovers. Veneto is home to some of Italy’s most famous and popular wines.

Veneto: Endless variety of wines

Veneto, as Veneto is called in Italian, should not be missing on any gourmet trip through Italy. With around 75,000 hectares, Veneto is not only one of the largest wine regions in Italy, but also undoubtedly one of the most diverse. Hardly any other region combines as many well-known appellations as the designations of origin are called in wine. In total, there are said to be over 100,000 wineries in Veneto, most of which are very small. So there is a lot to discover here.

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How about e.g. with a fresh, fruity Lugana from Lake Garda? Or an elegant, finely effervescent Prosecco Valdobbiadene? Or an opulent Amarone, that famous wine made from dried grapes? The list of wines can be continued: Soave, Valpolicella, Bardolino, Ripasso and so on. Many of the wines mentioned come from the province of Verona, which is the most important in winemaking. Verona is also home to the annual Vinitaly wine fair – the largest wine fair in Italy and a paradise for wine lovers.

Our wine tip: Tenuta Sant Antonio Monti Garbi Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC 2018

This wine has a long name. But it’s worth remembering. Because this Ripasso of the Tenuta Sant Antonio offers an extraordinary amount of enjoyment for little money. Ripasso is a special Veneto specialty, which is often referred to as the little brother of Amarone. Literally translated, Ripasso means “new passage”, a reference to the special production method of this red wine: a young Valpolicella wine is subjected to a new fermentation using Amarone pomace. This gives it more volume, a stronger color and other characteristics of the Amarone, but is not quite as powerful as its big brother – and significantly cheaper. The Monte Garbi Ripasso is characterized by a very harmonious, flattering taste, which finishes out delightfully spicy. A great wine that delights both wine lovers and wine critics.

Curious? You can order this great wine
here from our partner Televino
.