The wines of the Veneto in Northern Italy

Verona 77 degrees, Napa, California 78 degrees forecast.  I love travelling to Europe in the spring, volcanos notwithstanding.  The weather is glorious and last night, warm enough to dine comfortably outside at 9:00 pm.

Veneto is known for its ancient cities of Venice to the east and Verona to the west.  It is the largest region for controlled origin (Denominazione di Origine Controllata/ e Garantita aka DOC or DOCG) wines in Italy by volume with about 1.7 million hectoliters produced annually.  Its famous appellations include the white Soave, Italy’s most exported white wine, the red Valpolicella, and one of the three greatest red wines of Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella.  If all these things weren’t enough to entice you to visit the region, then surely sparkling Prosecco would.