Wine testing, Verona
Wanting to try some regional wines but don't know what to look for?
look for these key regions:
Valpolicella: comuni (municipalities) of Pescantina, San Pietro in Cariano, Negrar, Marano, Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio and Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo, producing red wine
Bardolino: comune 25 kilometers northwest of Verona, producing red wine
Soave: 23 kilometers east of Verona, producing dry white wine
also, Amarone is a special type of wine, produced by using dried grapes, leaving almost no grape sugar remaining in the product. It's usually quite pricey, but quite a strong and delicious flavor, with content usually around 15%. Look for labels stating Amarone della Valpolicella.
Head just minutes outside of town and you'll be amidst the Veneto wine country. There are plenty of winieries to taste and buy wine at. Purchase wines at cantinas along the country side for cheaper deals than within the city. Look at the link below for addresses and more details.
The "sprizzato" or "spritz" of german origins, is widely used as "aperitivo" all around the Veneto region.
What is it?
Basycally, it's white wine mixed with something else...
It is not a simple question.. while in Verona it is usually ment to be sparkling water (Wine lovers may desagree, but -believe me - you have to think of drinking it on a hot summer day with 28+ degrees celsius outside!) in Venice, without specifications, it's wine and Aperol (a ligth orange spirit, also used with water alone) and it is very good.
Some other do it whith white wine and one of the non-alcohlic aperitives (red to yellow coloured) such as Sanpellegrino bitter (also referred as Sanbitter), gingerino, crodino...
in the town where i was born this last mix is properly called a "taglio" (a "cut") but i don't want to argue.
Anyway, whenever it's hot outside, try it before lunch or dinner.
A game i sometimes play around Veneto region is to simply ask for a "Sprizzato", and just wait and see how this particular barman do it!
Yes, I could not miss this one. I just love good wine, as much as I do good food, music, stylish clothing etc. And the Veronese wines are one of the leaders of the Italian national export of doc wines. So, seeing the importance of the thing and my love of the subject, I’ve listed the best local D.O.C. Wines (with controlled specifications of origin). Only check the table of the years, to choose the really perfect one. Here’s the list, anyway:
- Valpolicella (including Recioto and Amarone, not to be missed),
- Valpolicella-Valpantena (with Recioto di Valpolicella-Valpantena),
- Soave (with Recioto di Soave),
- Bardolino, Bardolino Novello,
- Bianco di Custoza,
- Bianco and Rosso Valdadige, Valdadige Schiava, Valdadige Pinot Grigio,
- Tocai di San Martino della Battaglia and
- Lessini Durello.
You can go to the area where Bardolino and Custoza are produced following "la strada del vino" (the wine road) of Bardolino, of Valpolicella and of Custoza.