Veneto for wine lovers
There are more beer bellies than wine bottles along the east side of Lake Garda, even though the Veneto wine region is a great area for wine tasting.
Veneto is in fact the biggest DOC producer in Italy with 26 officially recognized DOC and 13 DOCG zones producing more than a third of Italy’s classified wines. The best known DOCs are Soave, Valpolicella and Bardolino from the Verona province and although there are about 80 authorized grape types in Veneto these ones derive almost entirely from native varieties.
Bardolino, Amarone and Soave
In the hills overlooking Lake Garda winemakers traditionally produce Bardolino. A fresh young wine that goes brilliantly with pasta white meat. Towards Verona you’ll come across signs promoting Valpolicella which is also where they dry the best grapes to make the much fabled Passito wines – Recioto, Amarone and Ripasso. East of the city, fish and sea food are served with the refreshing, corn coloured local white wine labelled Soave.
Private Wine Museums
Driving around the area you can visit the Zeni family’s wine museum in Bardolino or Villa Canestrari based in Colognola ai Colli, where you can see machinery and equipment dating back to the first steps in the process of mechanization of wine making along with structures for drying and raisining grapes, filters and bottling machines. You can also buy a bottle or two and enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way, before you return to your hotel after a perfect day outing.