In Veneto, wine is spoken of as an absolute concept, as it encapsulates values and tradition, habit and innovation, conviviality and respect, resemblance and difference.
As you journey from Verona to Padua, via Vicenza, and then head to Treviso and Venice, the countryside is covered with vineyards that stretch towards the horizon, giving the impression that Veneto is one large vineyard. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Valpolicella, Amarone, Rosso Veneto, Cabernet, Recioto, Pinot, Raboso and Tocai are just some of Veneto’s wide variety of successful wines.
Though short, this list illustrates that the hallmark of this rich and varied region is its diversity.
Veneto is often associated solely with Amarone and its many prestigious variations, but this would not do the region justice.
Its characteristic terroirs have left their mark on an extremely long list of wines.
Minerals, body, intense aromatic bouquet and grape-growing tradition are as prominent in the region’s most illustrious wines as they are in its lesser-known small-scale varieties.
Terroir is thus an essential feature of Veneto winemaking, as it is for a host of other regions as well.
Terroir is often erroneously associated solely with soil composition, with the unbreakable bond between vine and soil.
The term, however, comprises all of the hidden intrinsic characteristics that can only be perceived on the palate, as well as production methods and grape-growing techniques.
Terroir is everything that enables a wine-lover to taste a region and its traditions.
It is what imprints wine with its own distinctive identity, which is highly sought both on the label and on the palate.
A wine should reflect ourselves, and we need to recognise the origins and hallmarks that entice us to buy it.
Terroir is also the relationship between producer and vine: the job and passion of everyone at Tenute Salvaterra.