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Perched at the top of the Adriatic, Veneto is home to one of Italy's finest wines, in addition to a solid variety of everyday reds. The legendary towns of Verona and Venice are international destinations, offering a rich history from the time of the Roman Empire, to the Venetian Republic, to today. The wines of the region however, are centered on Valpolicella and Soave, two of the most productive wine regions in Italy. Valpollicella is an aromatic table wine produced using a wide range of grapes, but most prominently Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The Valpollicella Classico sub-region is the most well regarded, though the neighboring Bardolino DOC uses similar blends to great effect. Amarone della Valpolicella however is what Veneto is truly proud of. Amarone uses the same grapes as Valpolicella, however they are then dried on mats to concentrate the sugars and the flavors, sometimes for up to three months! While the yields are significantly lower, the resultant wine is rich, seamless, and extraordinary. Amarone, because of the distinctive production process, is one of Italy's most sought after (and expensive) wines. Always economical, the winemakers of Valpolicella also make a second run wine called Ripasso, where the must from the Amarone is fermented again with new wine. Recioto della Valpolicella is a sweet dessert wine made from the same core grapes of Valpolicella, in fact historically Amarone was merely the Recioto that had fermented to dryness. Soave is the home of most of Veneto's white wine production, featuring the grapes Garganega and Trebbiano. While Soave suffered because of its initial mass market popularity, the quality continues to be refined, and with enough research, delightful and unique white wines are emerging from the Soave Classico Superiore appellation.


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