The Veneto: birthplace of composer Antonio Vivaldi, the gondola, and the Carnival of Masks. It’s also the largest wine producing region in all of Italy.
If the only wine you’ve had from Italy’s Veneto region is Prosecco, you’ve only scratched the surface. Veneto is perhaps best known for the incredibly dense and decadent Amarone della Valpolicella—the kind of wine that caps memorable meals and wows when presented as a gift. What makes these lovely winter wines so special is the process in which Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes are raisinated on straw mats in order to concentrate the resulting wine. Besides these rich reds, you can also find many stellar whites: Garganega is the white grape that makes Soave, a wine that can be luscious like a white Burgundy.