This large Italian IGT (Indicazione Geographica Tipica) takes in the regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia. Although there are others, it is famous for only one wine, Pinot Grigio, which accounts for the majority of the wine made under this classification. View our range.
Most reknown regions in Venezie
A large vine growing district in north eastern Italy. It lies in two parts, around Verona and Lake Garda, and then Conegliano, which is further east above Venice. Verona and Lake Garda are home to two of Italy’s best loved wines, easy delicate white Soave, made from Garganega and Trebbiano, and the cherry red, aromatic, Valpolicella which is made from Corvina. The rich, red Amarone produced in Valpolicella is made from grapes which are dried, and then fermented out. Bardolino lies along the eastern shores of Lake Garda and produces lively, light bouncy reds, and a pale rosé, Chiaretto del Garda; Lugana, which lies to the south of the lake, makes pleasant dry whites. The Conegliano region produces the fine DOCG Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene which is a cut above the standard offering. View our range.
Lying to the North East, close to the border with Austria, this is Italy’s most northerly wine region. Thanks to its history, many of the vine types, especially on the higher slopes, are of German origin such as Riesling, Sylvaner and Müller Thurgau although further down, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon are more common. Red varieties include Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet. The two main DOC areas are Sudtirol and Trentino.
The southern half of the Trentino- Alto-Adige district which lies in north central Italy. Trentino follows the Adige River valley south from Mezzocorono to Avia, a steep sided area which creates its own micro-climate. There are too many vine varieties cultivated here to mention but, not surprisingly in view of the area’s proximity to Austria, many are of German origin. However, Trentino Rosso is made normally from Cabernet (Sauvignon and/or Franc) with Trentino Bianco using Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco.
Venezie grape varieties
Corvina: an Italian red variety used to make both Valpolicella and Bardolino. Has a high acidity, making fresh, cherry red, lively wines. Also used to make Amarone.
Glera: an Italian white variety, high yielding with a good acidity, once called ‘Prosecco’ and used to make the wine of that name. Grown mostly in Veneto, north east Italy.
Raboso: a red variety grown in the north Italian region of Veneto. Robust and tannic. Now often used to make pink Prosecco style wine.
Ribolla: a white Italian variety grown principally in Friuli-Venezia. Makes fragrant wines with good acidity.
Trebbiano: one of the principal white grapes grown in Italy, widely cultivated in Umbria where it is used to produce Orvieto. Once added to Sangiovese to make Chianti, but this practice is now dwindling. Grown in Argentina, and in Australia, mostly in New South Wales and South Australia. Called ‘Ugni Blanc’ in France and ‘St Emilion’ when used in the production of Cognac; also one of the varieties in Armagnac. Has a naturally high acidity, a useful attribute when destined for distillation.
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