Veneto

Among Veneto’s many highlights are its tourist attractions. From Romeo and Juliet’s Verona to Venice La Serenissima and its Piazza San Marco, this mythical region abounds with historical treasures. But did you know that it is also the birthplace of one Italy’s most prestigious wine regions? 

Lying just northeast of Verona, Valpolicella extends eastward to Soave and westward to Bardolino, near Lake Garda. There, farmers have tended to their vineyards since as far back as ancient Greece. Rooted in both Latin and Greek, the Valpolicella name means valley of many cellars. Since 1990, Valpolicella reds have been protected under the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) designation system.  

Valpolicella’s four varieties—corvina, rondinella, molinara and corvinone—are approachable and only slightly tannic with a wonderful fruity feel and pronounced acidity. They pair perfectly with a range of Italian classics, including poultry dishes. When heartier meats are on the menu, generous and aromatic Ripasso- and Amarone-type wines are your go-to.

Bolla Valpolicella: tradition and innovation

For over 135 years, the Bolla winery has been driven by a passion for wine growing. Passed down from generation to generation, Bolla’s mastery produces authentic and reasonably priced wines that showcase the terroir. Blending tradition and innovation, Bolla wines truly reflect the region’s savoir-faire.

Folonari

Folonari Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie

This white is matured in stainless steel vats to emphasize its freshness. In pinot grigio’s typical light yellow hue, the wine is dry, light and lively and bursting with floral flavours. Very versatile and easy to drink, it’s a great match for grilled calamari, a summer salad and even pasta in a pesto or cream sauce.

Folonari Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore

This more complex red releases an intense bouquet of jammy fruits and spices. Dry and medium-bodied, it will take you by surprise with its suppleness and mocha, spice and berry notes that culminate in a complex and persistent finish. If you prefer, wait up to four years following the vintage.

Tuscany

Chianti—Italy’s emblematic red—is produced in the Tuscan region of the same name, in a strictly defined area between the provinces of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Pistoia, Pisa and Prato. Is there are more famous Chianti than Melini’s iconic Chianti Fiasco in its wicker basket? Today, the winery relies on innovative methods to preserve the essence of Tuscany with a contemporary touch. In perfect harmony with modern gastronomy, Melini wines embody the opulence and rich landscape of Tuscany. Always a perfect for your get-togethers!

More to discover

Trentin-Haut-Adige — Bolla Retro Valdadige

This Valdadige white is from Italy’s northernmost region, Trentino-Alto Adige, which produces tremendous pinot grigio. Pale yellow in colour and light-bodied, it radiates aromas of granny smith apple, citrus and white flowers with nice acidity and a delicate finish. Spot on for your apéro, as well as with shellfish and white meat dishes.

In collaboration with Vins Dandurand