Colli Euganei Wine Region Guide

Colli Euganei Wines: Embrace the Originality, Taste the Tradition


Last updated: July 9, 2024


The wines of Colli Euganei (northeastern Italy) continue to divide opinion. With some justification, sommeliers and buyers will argue that the world doesn’t need any more facsimiles of classic French wine styles; there is a sizable volume of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted in the appellation, located to the southwest of Padua in the Veneto region.

Yet, while Colli Euganei produces some bland and forgettable bottles, you can also find originality here, particularly in the Muscat vineyards of Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio DOCG. The local Grenache Noir is known as Tai Rosso in Veneto: a spicy and aromatic red that can rival Gigondas in the southern Rhone for potency and charm.

Neither is Colli Euganei, a newcomer to viticulture and wine production. lthough authorities created the DOC in 1969, evidence shows a wine tradition dating back over 2000 years, reaching its zenith at the height of the Western Roman Empire. Roman centurions used to devour large quantities of the local Veneto tipple, purposefully oxidized and often adulterated with sugar, spices, and herbs.

Today, of course, it’s more likely to be residents – and a growing number of tourists – who leap headfirst into the diverse and surprising wines of the Colli Euganei. Let’s give them a chance.


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