Verona Drink


Verona-Veneto wine

This area is a very significant wine growing area. There are people who like Italian whites, but in our opinion you will drink better if you stick to the sparkling, red and sweet wines.

Sparkling

  • Prosecco from Conegliano

  • Prosecco rose
  • Cartizze (the better Prosecco)

White

  • Soave, is traditionally made out of Garganega and Trebbiano, we find the Trebbiano is better.
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc are usually very clean wines often without the “kernel” flavour of the past.
  • Bianco de Custoza is a crisp dry white from the Verona area.
Red
  • Bardolino, expensive, pale and sometimes very good
  • Valpolicella made of 3 local grapes is a hearty cheap wine
  • Ripasso, a richer version of Valpolicella
  • Amarone, very complex wine made with dried grapes to give great intensity in a dry wine
  • You will also find Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, much of which is proving very drinkable.

Sweet

  • The classic Vin Santo can come from all over Italy and should be taken with amaretto biscuits after an evening meal
  • Recioto - as Amarone but sweet
  • Torcolato

We would recommend that you drink plenty of water at lunch on your bike holiday in hot weather as you need to replenish your body’s fluids.  But you can always add water to your wine, and a jug of the local wine certainly helps the water go down.


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Verona-Veneto beer

With a history linked to both France and Austria the area produces a fair amount of beer and this has been enhanced more recently by the growth of microbreweries. As well as the volume lager producers you will also find smaller producers where you least expect it, such as Pedavena.

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