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From Dilute to Divine: The Renaissance of Veneto's Vineyards


Last updated: June 13, 2024


The vineyards of northeastern Italy have changed beyond all recognition over the past 30 years. In the 20th century, red wines produced in the hills of Verona were lackluster, to say the least; a culture of industrialized production took root in the post-Second World War environment, as impoverished growers prioritized quantity over quality. There were exceptions, of course – Amarone della Valpolicella has long commanded a loyal following – but the critical mass of labels was dilute and acidic.

Yet the new Millennium gave rise to a renaissance in Veneto winemaking – the emerging generation, acutely aware of the dwindling market for substandard plonk, refocused on producing premium red and white wines of superlative quality. Yields were drastically lowered, cellar equipment was overhauled, and viticultural methods were updated for the modern era. The results can be tasted in bottle: terroir-driven and site-specific wines that compete with the best of Piedmont and Tuscany. The vineyards of Verona no longer disappoint – they inspire.

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