Soave is known for the Scaliger castle, that with its walls embraces the enchanting old town and also known for the unique wine produced here that has the same name. Soave is a town located about 20 kilometres east of Verona, direction Vicenza, characterized by a generous territory enriched by rolling hills. Here we can find the hills of the “classic” DOC area between Soave and Monteforte and the best locations of the “extended” DOC area. The typologies of the soil are for this reason very different, this area presents in fact volcanic, morainic, tuffaceous or clayey soils. Soave can be considered as the Italian white wine par excellence, not only for the local grapes Garganega and Trebbiano used for its production, but also for the growing area which has been recognized as the first wine production area of Veneto: the first area with the appellation DOC in 1968 and the first DOCG for the Recioto in 1998.
Prosecco is produced exclusively in the area with the DOC-appellation, which comprises nine provinces between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. In the heart of the DOC-appellation, between Venice and the Dolomites, lies Treviso, the province with the greatest productive vocation. It includes also the historic and famous hilly areas of ConeglianoValdobbiadene and Asolo, which have been awarded the DOCG. This is a fascinating territory, rich of charm and historical and artistic sights. The best way to get to know this production area is to go along the famous “Strada del Prosecco e VinideiColliConeglianoValdobbiadene”, the oldest wine road of Italy, which allows you to discover the historical-artistic sights of the area and the most prestigious wines. This is also the land of ancient castles, aristocratic villas, monuments, religious buildings and ancient thermal springs, which are set on a beautiful and sunny bed of vineyards.
The meaning of the name “Valpolicella” is uncertain and has been the subject of many discussions over the centuries; however we like to think that this name comes from the Latin Vallis-polis-cellae, that is to say “valley with many cellars”. The Valpolicella territory covers 240 square kilometres and is located in the north of Italy, in the Veneto region, north-west of Verona, west of Lake Garda, east and north of the Monti Lessini. Morphologically Valpolicella can be divided into three different areas: the mountains, the hills and the high plain. The vineyards are on the hillsides, with terraces contained by stone walls called “marogne”, up to an altitude of 500 meters. Each valley has slightly different geological layers, but they have in common a good clay and limestone concentration. This is an important feature that can compensate for during summer droughts and it guarantees optimal microclimatic conditions during the ripening of the grapes. The historical and cultural richness of Valpolicella, which has fascinated artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Dante Alighieri and Ippolito Nievo, offers a unique opportunity to taste the great locally wines and to get to know the genuine traditions of a distant past, that are still extraordinarily present.
Lugana, sited in the commune of Sirmione, is located along the homonymous peninsula that divides the southern shore of the Lake Garda in two parts. The area of production of the Lugana Doc is in the southern part of Lake Garda, in the localities of Peschiera del Garda, Sirmione, Desenzano del Garda, Pozzolengo and, in part, Lonato. The soils of this area are characterized by a stratification of compact calcareous clay and high salinity due to a mineral sedimentation. Moreover, the level of humidity in the morning, the good availability of water and sun and limited temperature fluctuations during the year, in an area that was celebrated 2000 years ago by Catullus, are extremely favourable conditions for the ripening of the grapes. In fact here they acquire an extraordinary richness of aromas and flavours, giving full expression to the local and exclusive varieties Trebbiano di Lugana or Turbiana, wines known at an international level. During the aperitifs in Verona it is very common to hear “a glass of Lugana please” …… and usually even more than once!!
For those who love history, nature and good food, is undoubtedly a locality that has to be discovered, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation and vineyards. This area of Verona is located in the inland south of Lake Garda and lies on top of a hill that dominates the PianuraPadana. Custoza is famous because during the Risorgimento it was a battleground between Italians and Austrians and during the Wars of Independence it was a “guard station” for the traffic of the “Via Postumia.” Custoza is not only history, here you can find the homonymous wine that is produced in this area: this white wine was awarded the DOC in 1971, is delicate and fresh and is made with Trebbiano and Garganega grapes, that are grown on the surrounding hills. The soil is of glacial origin, characterized by a light structure, with stones and pebbles, humus and silt, rich in calcium carbonate and with a high pH.During the first frosts the harvest of the “broccoletto di Custoza” begins, this is a rare variety of broccoli, that is very sweet and grows exclusively on the hills of this area; they can be tasted stewed and served with boiled eggs or salami with polenta, and of course accompanied by a good glass of Custoza wine.
Bardolino is located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, 30 km from Verona, on a hilly zone between the lake to the west, and the moraine hills to the east, which separate the lake from the valley of the river Adige. Bardolino is sited at the feet of the moraine hills, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and enclosed by two headlands: Mirabello e Cornicello. The slope of the hills is the cultivation area of vineyards of the wine Bardolino, that is famous throughout the world. This town is known not only for the production of this prestigious wine, but also for the beauty of its historic centre, with its wide streets, numerous shops and restaurants and the long lakeside promenade: a special place at sunset for walks with the beloved person.