Introduction

Here are the best Veronese wines that the Chamber of Commerce selects for you. Wine is a product that comes from the nature of our land, a liquid country. The fourteen DOC (controlled designation of origin) wines and the five DOCG (controlled and guaranteed designation of origin) wines of the Scaligero wine, come from the same hills: the morainic hills overlooking the Lake Garda and the piedmont hills extending from the Lake to the Eastern Veronese area. The prestigious crops of the hilly area of Romeo and Juliet are the following: vineyards.
A millenary tradition turned into economic primacy: the Veronese wine is known all over the world. Verona is the first wine exporting province reaching 12% share of the Italian total and in 2017, we made sales abroad for 970 million euro, 5% more than the previous year. It is important to report the appreciation of the Chinese market; China has become the 12th trade partner of our province. The growth continues also in the United States and in the European countries where the Chamber of Commerce has promoted directly on-site wines selected by enologists, journalists and, this year, also by local restaurateurs.
This guide, written in four languages, gathers the undisputed and recognized qualities of our wine, which are inextricably linked to the promotion of the territory. The Chamber of Commerce, therefore, participates in the network of the Great Capitals of Wine, the ten major areas for wine tourism. This year, during the Mid Term Meeting, the usual mid-year meeting of the network, the Chamber of Commerce organizes the Verona Wine Days: three days dedicated to the promotion of the Scaligere cellars and international tourism. Delegates from the ten wine areas participate, as well as journalists and bloggers, both international and national.
This guide will travel the world; the hope is that it will lead those who read it not only to taste our wines, but also to visit our territory.

Giuseppe Riello, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Verona

 

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Feeling at home by Veronika Crecelius

 

The reason why I take every opportunity to return to Verona is that here I feel at home, perfectly at ease. Not only for the unquestionable beauty of the landscapes, the grace and charm of the town itself; but much more for a kind of natural agreement with the inhabitants of Verona, almost a form of complicity that I strongly feel, although I am a foreigner. The basis of this empathy is wine. It is the wine feeding our own Gemeinsinn, as a philosopher of my parts - a certain Immanuel Kant - would have called this "feeling I have in common" with the Veronese. Wine is part of our life, living up its salient points; its importance has a strong identity. I have never met people in Verona who have no connection with the world of wine. Even the owner of the house that I rented during the recent Vinitaly, who does not drink, could proudly speak of Amarone and Soave, and went out in the evening dressed up to the nines to take part in the events of "Vinitaly and the City".
My relationship with the wines of the Province of Verona is based on almost 15 years of visits to vineyards and farms, chats and laughter with winemakers and bottlers, exchanges of opinions with the different souls of the denominations, with the consortiums and the social cellars. In my articles for the Weinwirtschaft and other magazines, I have deeply explored throughout writing, your wonderful vine-oenological repertoire, and the relationship has deepened and consolidated over the years thanks to the opportunity to taste the Veronese wines during the fairs, Prowein in the first place, to tell them to the German audience.

Naturally, my nationality also plays an important role in this relationship. Germany has imported for a very long time more Veronese wine than any other country in the world, ever since imports were still limited. For example, Germans drink more than 40% of the entire production of Lugana, and not only during their holidays on the shores of Lake Garda. Even when I walk along the streets of Verona, or I find myself having breakfast in a hotel in Soave, I often listen to the echo of my mother tongue. Moreover, every time that this happens, I feel quite torn up: proud of having so many gourmet compatriots, but also embarrassed for the negative cliché accompanying the "saving" choices of the average German. However, in this sense I think we have made many progress: in the face of many notoriously prudent and "stingy" Germans, today many consumers of the Italian market are aware and willing to recognize the right price for the many bottles of Veronese wines, which deserve higher attention.

Verona Wine Top gave me a unique experience. Never in my life, I had the possibility to lose myself in such a complex, involving and varied tasting of all the denominations of the province of Verona. Never in my life, had I had 156 winning wines under my nose. With this impressive number, the 2018 edition of the Verona Wine Top competition has not only set a record, but also demonstrated the growth of the average quality in all the denominations of the Province. Wines are very different from each other in character and however deeply complementary and well blended together.

Soave, which has just presented not only the 33 geographical units but also - first Italian denomination- its candidacy GIAHS-FAO, has proposed winners truly embodying the deep differences between the wineries. From the small, purist and cool producer, handcrafting its basalt soil, up to the cooperatives with a cunning technology know-how, which can effectively respond to market demands without distorting the identity of the typology. Custoza, with its freshness often characterised by a citrus imprint, seems to come out of the shade and redeem a more appropriate notoriety. The sapid Lugana, which in addition to a flourishing market has many expressive resources and is increasingly, freed from those sugary residues a bit crawler that sometimes penalized the reputation. Valdadige with its clear white wines, faithful to the typicality of the vine varieties. The achievement of Chiaretto, releasing new energy to the Bardolino area. The Bordolesi Arcole balsamic wines and rare DOC Merlara are intriguing; but speaking about sparkling wine, the Durello deserves a particular attention, because among the winners of Verona Wine Top, it has deployed an international champion, a sort of Hans Peter Briegel of the Traditional Method. For the bubbles of this unique vine, whose ideal habitat for centuries has been the volcanic slopes of the Lessini Mountains, a farsighted choice has recently been approved: the DOC now distinguishes between the Durello vinified with the Martinotti method (from now on: Lessini Durello) and the one vinified with the Traditional Method (Lessini Mountains).

Last but not least, Valpolicella puts all its weight in balance in terms of quantity and quality, and offers with so much determination and juiciness, exciting surprises among the labels of Ripasso, also in organic version, as well as among the Valpolicella Classico labels, then shows off all the aristocratic class of the old Amarone vintages. Obviously, never forgetting the clear Soave or dark Valpolicella Reciotos, because they close with an enveloping and generous gluttony the great parade of Veronese wines.
Do you still wonder why I feel at home in Verona?

 

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