Amongst other wine production regions, i get asked why i prefer Colli Euganei?
Well, here are some interesting facts about this region and why they produce one of the best wine in Italy,
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So pls read through and get to know about this beautiful region that produces the finest Italian wine…
In the hills above Padua within a thirty-minute drive from Venice is a small wine appellation known as Colli Euganei. Colli Euganei is well worth mentioning because not only is the countryside exquisite but unlike its neighbor, Soave that only produces white wines, they produce some pretty spectacular reds. The region is known for its volcanic hills that surround the area. Colli means hills in Italian and Euganei were the ancient people who inhabited this district. Also known as the Venetian Hills or the “sea cliffs”, they came into being as the result of seismic shifts of rocks and substrata that eventually formed rounded hills and some more conical ones. The conical shaped hills are the result eruptions where the lava escaped from the seabed while the rounded hills were those where the magna stayed inside the mound but raised the seabed. Both formations are critical in the diversity of the Colli Euganei terroir.
As the oceans receded some sections developed warm springs. Hence Colli Euganei is recognized for its therapeutic baths. Rivers and streams crossed this region providing access by waterway to Venice and Padua. The Romans built canals, which connected towns between the two cities. Thus the Euganei Hills became an area where many Venice dignitaries constructed their country homes. These villas add to the beauty of the Euganei Hills.
What is unique about the terroir in Colli Euganei is not only its volcanic soils but also the fact that the vineyards are surrounded by sulfured springs and hot water vapors play a significant role on the growing of grapes. I think this may be most notable in the Bordeaux varietals and blends.
The appellation was established in 1969 as a DOC and is one of the oldest in the Veneto region. The area is known for the following varietals; Garganega, Prosecco, Tocai Friulano, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Moscato are the primary white grapes and Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Raboso make up the prime red varietals.
Colli Euganei Rosso is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Carmenere. Like the red wines from this region they can be powerful and graceful yet elegant and complex. Often Merlot can stand on its own as a single varietal. The reds to be classified as Riserva must be aged 2 years in barrel.
In 2010 a separate DOCG was established known as Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei. Fior d’Arancio means orange blossom in Italian. The principle white grape for this DOCG is Moscato. Moscato in a still wine is Bianco, Spumante as a sparkling and Passito as a dessert or specialty wine. In all cases the wine must contain at least 95% Moscato Giallo. Moscato comes in two colors white and yellow. The wine can best characterized as having aromas and flavors of spring blossoms and apricots.
In the DOCG there are some specific rules for making the various Moscato wines. In particular Passito, the grapes must be dried either on or off the vine and the end product must have a minimum alcohol level of 15.5%. The aging of Passito is a minimum of one year.
Amongst so many beautiful wine production family, is the Calaon family, This family has set itself the goal of making its business known directly to the consumer by setting up “Bacco” e “Arianna” wine tourism within its own company, our partnership with this family has been spectacular, we have received so many complimentary feedbacks on all wine produced by this family, especially our Fior D’Arancio brands of wine.
It is not just the wines that will entice you when visiting this region. It is the land, its beauty, the villas and castles as well as the history that combine giving one an enchanting glimpse of the past and present as you discover the wines of Colli Euganei.