Italy’sVeneto wine region has played a pivotal part in Italy’s wine culture since Roman times, boosted by its strategic location close to Venice and the Adriatic. Today the Veneto is a thriving wine region, responsible for almost a sixth of Italy’s wine production and the source of Italy’s most successful contemporary wine ‘brand’ Pinot Grigio, a light-bodied dry white wine made from vineyards on the plains. Further inland, the Veneto’s pre-Alpine hinterlands harbour some of Italy’s finest vineyards, giving unique wine styles based on local grapes. The rolling landscape and complex soils behind Verona yield Soave, made primarily from the Garganega variety, as well as Valpolicella’s exciting red Amarone and Ripasso styles, based on the Corvina grape. Behind Venice, the Conegliano hills are home to Prosecco, the white grape and sparkling white wine style now taking the world by storm.