With high mountain-ranges, long coast lines and a wide flat area, Venetia could not be diverser geographically. In the north it borders on Trentino, in the east on Austria and Friaul-Venezia Giulia, in the west on the Lombardy and in the south on the Emilia-Romagna. In the flat areas rice is grown, but Venetia is mostly known for its vines, which are cultivated on an area of about 75.000 hectare. About a quarter of the wines have DOC-status. The best known vineyards are situated in the hills around Verona up to Lake Garda. Verona is regarded as the wine centre of Italy. Every year the famous international Wine Fair “Vinitaly” takes place. Countless producers represent their products on this fair and attract wine lovers from all over the world.
Mainly white wines are cultivated in Venetia. Among the most important white varieties are: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Friulano, Trebbiano, Glera, Verduzzo, Garganega, and Sauvignon Blanc. But also good red wines are produced, such as Corvina Verenose, Corvinone, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Molinara, Rondinella, Bardolino. The famous sparkling wines come from north of Treviso, the DOC zone of the champaign of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.