The Veneto is a wine powerhouse. Italy's highest volume region produces more wine than the country of Portugal, and over twice as much as nearby Austria.
The driving force behind this exceptional output is Prosecco. Prosecco DOC covers most of the Veneto and all of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The huge growing area enables many unimpressive industrial scale wines from the plains to carry the name, but Prosecco from the tightly packed hills around Valdobbiadene and Asolo deserves a place among the best everyday sparkling wines in the world.
The region makes plenty of red as well, Valpolicella and Bardolino are the mainstays, made in many forms from light and easy to dense and rich. Dried grapes are used to make sweet Recioto wines and full, high powered Amarone.