In Italy’s northeast, the Veneto extends from the looming Alps to the Adriatic Sea bragging Venice as its capital. Undoubtedly Italy’s most important wine hub, the region produces the highest volume of DOP wine owing to a collection of Italy’s most prolific denominations – Prosecco DOC, Delle Venezie DOC, Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG and Soave DOC. Veneto is also home to Italy’s first viticulture and oenology school, the GB Cerletti Wine School, established in Conegliano in 1876 as well as some of Italy’s most recognized brands.
Home to Vinitaly
Fittingly, the Veneto plays host to Vinitaly, Italy’s annual wine and spirits exhibition and the largest of its kind in the world. Held in the romantic city of Verona over a four-day period in April, the predominantly trade oriented fair is organized by Veronafiere. The 2019 edition saw over 4,500 Italian exhibitors and 125,000 visitors from 145 countries. Last year was the first since its inception in 1967 that Vinitaly was not held. It was also cancelled this year.