Wine food tasting culinary tradition
Wine food tasting culinary tradition in the Veneto region mean a symphony for the palate! Most of all, the differences of the environment and the territory of this region are big. As a result, we have a diversified food tradition thanks to a long list of all kind of products. In fact, we know that the Veneto region is an important wine and food center. And this thanks to its sea, the lagoons and the plains. Like also the lakes, the hills and the mountains. In conclusion, a place where the products represent perfectly the area where we use them. An obvious solution, which justifies this remarkable diversity in a minimum distance.
The primary products
Hence as follow we will understand the richness of the food traditions of this region. Because we will discover the primary products recognized as excellences. Below, the Veneto Region list of 36 PDO and PGI products with the addition of the Slow Food Presidia. Furthermore, it will follow a list of DOCG, DOC and IGT wines that are 52.
THE MEAT PRODUCTS
PGI: Modena lean pig’s trotter, Bologna sausage, Cremona Salami, and Modena stuffed pig’s trotter.
DOP: Veneto Berico Euganeo ham, Italian little salamis, and Soprèssa of Vicenza.
Slow Food Presidia: Alpagota Lamb, Paduan Hen, Goose in Onto and Veronese Stortina.
DOP: Asiago, Casatella Treviso, Grana Padano, Montasio, Monte Veronese, Piave, Provolone, and Taleggio.
Slow Food Presidia: Aged Asiago, Malga Monte Veronese, Grappa Mountain Morlacco.
THE OTHER PRODUCTS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN
DOP: Honey Belluno Dolomites.
THE OIL AND THE FATS
DOP: Garda extra virgin olive oil, Veneto Valpolicella, Veneto Euganei Berici, and Veneto del Grappa extra virgin olive oil.
THE FRUIT, THE VEGETABLES AND THE CEREALS, FRESH OR PROCESSED
DOP: White garlic Polesano, White Asparagus of Bassano, and chestnut of St Zeno.
PGI: White Asparagus of Cimadolmo, Asparagus Badoere, Marostica cherry, Lamon bean of the Valley Belluno, salad of Lusia, chestnut of Combai, chestnut of Monfenera, peach of Verona, chicory of Chioggia, chicory of Verona, red chicory of Treviso, Variegated Castelfranco chicory, Rice Po Delta, and Rice Vialone Nano from Verona.
Slow Food Presidia: Ancient Bellun Valleys Barley, Biancoperla Corn, Grumolo delle Abbadesse Rice, Belfiore Decio Apple, Lessinia Pear Misso, Belluna Valley Giàlet Bean, and Sant’Erasmo Violet Artichoke.
FISH, CLAMS, FRESH SEAFOOD AND DERIVATIVE
DOP: Scardovari mussel.
THE DOCG (14), THE DOC (28) AND THE IGT (10) WINES
Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG):
Amarone della Valpolicella, Friularo di Bagnoli, Bardolino Superiore, Prosecco dei Colli Asolani, Colli di Conegliano, Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei, Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Lison, Montello rosso, Malanotte del Piave, Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Recioto di Soave, and Soave Superiore.
Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC):
Arcole, Bagnoli di Sopra, Bardolino, Bianco di Custoza, Breganze, Colli Berici, Colli Euganei, Corti Benedettine del Padovano, Gambellara, Garda, Lessini Durello, Lison-Pramaggiore, Lugana, Merlara, Montello Colli Asolani, Monti Lessini, Piave, Prosecco, Riviera del Brenta, San Martino della Battaglia, Soave, Valdadige, Valdadige Terradeiforti, Valpolicella, Valpolicella Ripasso, Venezia, Vicenza, and Vigneti della Serenissima.
Typical Geographical Indication (IGT)
Alto Livenza, Colli Trevigiani, Conselvano, Delle Venezie, Marca Trevigiana, Vallagarina, Veneto, Veneto Orientale, Veronese, and Dolomite wines.
The main wine areas
Euganean Hills wines
The Euganean Hills rise up from a flat earth. Hence they are the result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The landscape is in fact, a succession of vineyards, villages and medieval castles. Like also the patrician villas that date back to the Renaissance. And we can see churches, hermitages and monasteries that still inhabited. As a result, some of them by the Benedictines and some others by the Camaldoleses. Therefore, along to the wine road of the Euganean hills, it is possible to see the favorite places of famous people. In the detail, like Petrarch and Goethe. As well as Foscolo, Byron and Shelley. Furthermore, this is the area of the Thermal Baths that are the most famous spa center in Europe. Therefore you can have fun with golf, horse riding, cycling, hiking, bird-watching and much more.
The wine of the hills
In addition, in 1969 the Euganean Hills wines have got the appellation of “DOC Colli Euganei”. But most of all, one type of yellow Muscat has led to the recognition of DOCG Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio.
The DOC Soave is a white wine and its production is in the province of Verona. Most of all, this wine is the most significant name in the panorama of wines with denomination of origin of the Veneto. In fact, the Soave represents by itself, with its 500,000 hl, the 40% of the DOC production in the province of Verona. In the detail, in this area, there is the 14% of the Italian DOC production and the 60% of the Veneto DOC production. The Soave is an elegant, harmonious and supple wine. And also Garganega is the name of the principal grape variety.
A long wine tradition
In climatic terms, the whole area enjoys a mild and temperate climate. As a result, the winters are not severe and the summers are not too hot. Furthermore, this is an area rich in history and traditions. In fact, castles, churches, bell towers and luxurious aristocratic villas demonstrate it. That are all over this immense Soave area. In conclusion, this famous wine has accompanied man through centuries.
Valpolicella - Amarone land
The Valpolicella in an area founded in the province of Verona. In the detail, in the extreme western side of the Veneto region. Hence bounded on the south and west respectively by the Mincio valley and the Lake of Garda. While to the north by the Lessini mountains and the Baldo mountain. As a result, the wines are of high quality and variety. Therefore, the pride of place belongs to the red of the Valpolicella. Most of all, in the variety of the Recioto that is sweet, and the Recioto Amarone that is dry.
The three local grapes of the Valpolicella
Hence, three indigenous red wine grape varieties are the base of the Valpolicella blend. And these are the Corvina, as well as the Rondinella and the Molinara. As a result, they are the trio primarily involved. Although also the production method is the most important part to have this great wine. The three varieties of the semi-dried grapes are most of all to make the Amarone that is their most famous incarnation. And also, with the Valpolicella blend, they make a dry table wine. As well as the sweet, the semi-sweet, and the sparkling wines.
Durello of Lessinia area
We are between the provinces of Verona and Vicenza. Hence an area that rises from the plains to the Alps. And here we find a fertile wine territory that has a volcanic origin soil. In the detail, it is the region of the Durello which represents a defined geographic area. In particular the Lessini mountains. Here we have the production of an ancient vine, the Durella, known since the Middle Ages. The Durella is a white grape with thick skin, important acidity, and indomitable harshness. Hence, thanks to these features and the modern enology, the Durello can rest in the cellar for years. And also it can become an excellent base for sparkling wine with classic method. As a result, this wine is a DOC since 1987, and the most representative of the Monti Lessini.
The Spumante wine of the Lessini mountain
Furthermore, it is now a Spumante wine. Most of all, In 1997 they create the Consorzio del Vino Lessini Durello, grouping the producers of this wine. Because the focus was to promote the association of the road of the Lessini Durello wine.
Piave wines route
The territory of the Piave DOC wines extends within a vast plain. Hence it borders with the Adriatic sea to the south and with the hills of Conegliano and Montello to the northwest. While on the north-east it borders with the Friuli region. And also the river Piave flows through this vast plain from the north to the south. As a result, this river presents a composition of the surrounding soil, ideal for growing magnificent vines. In the past, the Venetians have introduced into the territory great ideas and knowledge. In fact, now we find beautiful villas and barchesse that belonged to the nobles of the Serenissima. And where around they prosper hectares of vineyards.
The white and the red wines of the Piave region
Therefore the DOC “Piave Wines” includes different kinds of products. As a result, we find the Cabernet, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot. As well as the Chardonnay, the Pinot (Black, White and Grey), the Raboso, the Tocai, and the Verduzzo. But most of all, the flag of viticulture and enology in this land is the Raboso. In fact, this is a native vine whose first traces of cultivation date back to the seventeenth century.
Prosecco of Valdobbiadene
We are on the hills of the province of Treviso. Hence the area of the production is between two towns that are Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. And most of all, the wine made in this area has now the appellation of Prosecco DOCG. As a result, the town of Conegliano is the culture center of the Prosecco DOC Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Most of all for the school of enology. While the town of Valdobbiadene is the productive heart of this wine. And also, in this town, each year they organize the Exhibition of Sparkling Wines. In conclusion, this is a wine for almost any occasion.
The Glera grape
About the production, the name of the grape to make the wine is Glera, also known as the Prosecco grape. Perfect for so many occasions and with so many foods, Prosecco is a wonderful aperitif, first course, or dessert wine. It is also the best solution for rich and salty foods like the charcuterie. Therefore, for the steep slopes of the hills, the vineyards are almost always in the hands of small growers.
Torcolato Breganze wines
Breganze has always been the benchmark of the viticulture and the enology of the Prealps foothills. Hence since the 1969 boasts the DOC, first of the area of Vicenza. Therefore, it’s just since the eighties that we assist an increasing resonance of the wine of this area. And for sure, at the national and international level, due for the nature of the Torcolato wine. In fact, this is a product that represents the wine-making tradition of this site. The route of the Torcolato Breganze Wine spreads over the foothills of the area of Vicenza. Between the valleys of the rivers Brenta and Astico.
The Vespaiolo grape
In the detail, the grape of the Breganze Torcolato is Vespaiolo that is a sweet white wine. This grape is perhaps the most obvious example of a suited variety to the sweet wine production. Seems like the name Vespaiolo comes from the Italian word for wasp. A reference to the insects that buzz around the grapes on early autumn.
Lison Pramaggiore doc wines
The location of this region is in the extreme eastern province of Venice. And in a limited site of the neighboring provinces of Treviso and Pordenone. Since the 1986, within the production area, we find the Wine Road of Lison and Pramaggiore. Also called the Wine Road of the Doges with the characteristic sign of the Lion of Saint Mark. Hence with a bunch of grapes stylized and a grape leaf. Most of all, the Lison and Pramaggiore DOC area is a leading national organic production district.
The observance of the regulations
In fact, since the 1974 there is an Association that ensures the observance of the DOC regulations for the Lison and Pramaggiore wines. And the focus is to promote the three DOC wines officially recognized at the time. In the details, these are the Tocai of Lison, as well as the Merlot and the Cabernet of Pramaggiore. Hence to enforce the respect of the regulations for their production. The Association has its offices in Pramaggiore, in the building that houses the National Wine Show.
This is a site of an ancient origin. And the production area of the Bardolino Doc includes, in whole or in part, the territory of 16 municipalities. Hence in the Veneto side of the lake Garda and its hinterland. As a result, the Bardolino is a red wine with the DOC appellation since 1968. And also controlled and guaranteed in the case of the Bardolino Superiore. For sure, there is a gentle climate in the southeastern side of lake Garda. That means with mild winters and temperate summers, which determines the character of the grapes and the resulting wine. Of vital importance is the soil almost exclusively of morainic origin and partly fluvioglacial. In the detail the Bardolino wine takes its name from the place of production.
The blend of grapes
And it comes from a blend of grapes of different vines. A wine with a light ruby red color, which turns into garnet with the aging process. As well as a pink color in the Chiaretto. In conclusion, the taste is dry and slightly bitter, with light tips of fizzy.