If you’re heading off on an Italian river cruise in the Veneto you are no doubt looking forward to the wonderful local food and drink that you’ve heard will be on tap in every place you visit. Thankfully this is not far from the truth, and when it comes to Italian river cruises through the Venetian Lagoon and the Po Valley, fabulous food and wonderful wine will be on offer in abundance. But what wines should you look out for and which should you make sure you try when in this region? Here are a few favourites that really must be sampled on your trip. |
This bold and beautiful red produced from Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes is a staple on many a Venetian table. Bursting with fruity notes of cherries and herbs, it combines a lively mouth feel with a medium bodied finish. Perfect for everyday drinking, this is a wine that you will most certainly be treated to on your Italian river cruise.
Amarone della Valpolicella
A step up in terms of richness from the Valpolicella, the Amarone is made from dried grapes that give it its distinct dryness and bold character. Recognised as one of the most famous of this region, the Amarone is often highly priced and served to accompany red meats or cheeses such as Gorgonzola.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco
While Prosecco is now one of the most exported of all Italian wines, there really is nothing like trying a premium bottle of this delicious fizz at the source. This tipple has the authentic seal of approval (DOCG) and is a prized sparkling wine made primarily with Glera grapes. When in Venice you really should try a spritz, the traditional drink made with Aperol or Campari and Prosecco, which is a delight on an Italian summer evening.
Another famous red wine of the region, Bardolino is traditionally made from grapes grown on the shores of Lake Garda. It has a bold flavour thanks to the addition of the Sangiovese grape, although it is primarily made from Corvina and Rondinella. You will find Bardolino on most restaurant menus in the region, but you’re bound to have the opportunity to taste it on board your Italian river cruise too.
A fresh and fruity white from the Soave region to the east of Verona, this vintage made with Garganega grapes is a classic. When enjoyed alongside the Caciocavallo cheese, the flavours of the wine really sing.
While this is a very brief introduction to some of the main wines of the region, there are many more varieties and much more to say. When considering an Italian river cruise that winds its way through the Veneto and Po Valley, make sure you book with a reputable tour operator that offers wine tasting opportunities. By booking with the experts, you can rest assured that you are in for a memorable and informative experience.
Author Plate Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive luxury barge holidays. If you're looking for a fantastic Italian river cruise, or cruises to other great destinations, they are the go-to experts. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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