20 Nov A day in the Province of Venice
Located in the Northeast of Italy is the Veneto Region, famous for the canals of Venice, the architecture of Palladio and the home of Romeo and Juliet. Comprised of seven provinces, five of them produce wine: Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Treviso and Venice. The Veneto Region is also responsible for producing 20% of all Italian D.O.C. wines. In fact, there are a total of 25 D.O.C. wines and 11 D.O.C.G. wines from within the Veneto region.
In the very eastern part of Venice, near Treviso, is the area of Lison-Pramaggiore. With flat, alluvial lands, two of native varietals are Lison and Refosco dal penduncolo rosso.
Lison is a new wine made from the ancient varietal Tocai Italico (also known as Tocai Friulano). In 2007, the European community agreed that the name Tocai belonged to the Hungarians. Therefore, the Italians renamed the wine Lison. Made with 100% French Sauvignonasse (an ancient grape), Lison (formerly Tocai) is a straw yellow wine that is delicate and acidic with a finish of bitter almonds.
Founded in 1960 by Mario Stival, the winery is today run by his children Mauro, Giovanni and Chiara. Located in the Treviso and Venezia provinces, Moletto produces Prosecco DOC Treviso, Piave DOC, Lison-Pramaggiore DOC, Venezia DOC, Piave Malanotte DOCG and Lison DOCG.
Located where Veneto and Friuli meet, the Paladin family began their family wineries in 1962 and founded the Bosco del Merlo estate, named in honor of the woods that used to cover the area. In 2001, a new winery facility was opened and welcomes guests from around the world to taste their wines.
Located where the provinces of Venice and Treviso meet is the wine area of Lison Pramaggiore. Savian farms their vineyards organically to produce wines that reflect where they come from. The Lison Classico wine is elegant and soft with a fruity nose while the Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso has dark berry and pepper notes.
In the heart of Lison Pramaggiore DOC, Tenuta S. Anna began in 1960. The 150 hectares of vineyards are made up of clay soils, perfect for Lison Classico and Refosco dal Peduncolo, as well as international varietals.
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To learn more, visit the Wines of Veneto.
Originally published in Food and Beverage International Wines of Veneto:
A region to be discovered (November 2011)