The Ancient Doorway to the Orient
The first human settlements of the lagoon and the surrounding areas maintained a simple social structure until the arrival of the Romans in the second century B.C. who divided the land into parcels of about 4,800 square meters and distributed those tracts among the locals to be cultivated.
The Romans founded the cities of Verona, Vicenza, and Padova, and named what was then the 10th imperial region, Venetia. Both the Veneto region and the province of Venice (Venezia in Italian) derive their names from the original Latin name of the area.

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The Venetian trade routes that connected Europe with Asia brought great wealth and general prosperity to the region. In many provinces, especially around Treviso, mulberry cultivation and the breeding of silkworms imported from China brought more affluence and prestige to local residents. With money pouring in from all quarters, Venice began its great building projects, chief among them creating the lagoon and canal infrastructure and systems still enjoyed and used today.
Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. The region counts over 20 DOC zones and a variety of sub-categories, many of its wines, both dry and Spumanti, are internationally known and appreciated.
The three most well known DOCs are Bardolino, from the town with the same name and surrounding the shores of Garda Lake, Valpolicella, and Soave. Other noteworthy wines produced here are the white Bianco di Custoza, the excellent sparkling Prosecco, the Breganze, and the Amarone (a rich and powerful red from the Verona province). If you travel to the Treviso area, look for the little-known Clinton, a wine that is banned from distribution because it does not conform to the DOC standards, but is produced in limited quantities for local consumption.
The importance of winemaking in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. In addition, Veneto was the first region to constitute the first strada del vino or “wine road”. This first wine-touring road featured special road signs providing  information on vines and the wines they were made into and joined the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano DOC zones crossing a series of hilly vineyards.
The most appreciated wines in the region come from the provinces of Treviso, Verona, Padova, Venice, and Vicenza. The area around Verona, with its temperate climate and hilly surrounding, is believed to have cultivated grapes since the Bronze Age. 


The Aldegheri family manages to obtain quality grapes with a rich character. The vineyards, covering about 42 hectares in the hills of the classic Valpolicella area, are managed both directly and through collaboration with an expert viticulturist, who has worked with the company since its founding.


Since its creation, the name Brunelli has been closely linked to the area of San Pietro in Cariano, a small valley in the Valpolicella Classic zone whose name derives from that of the Roman Cariae family.
It is in this spot in the countryside, with its age-old vocation for growing vines, that the Brunelli family has handed down from generation to generation the ancient passion which has made its wines globally recognised and appreciated across the world.

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In the Venetian hinterland just north west of Venice, in the heart of the classic D.O.C. for Prosecco, are  the most vocated areas of Collalbrigo, Refrontolo and Feletto where, according to Bonifacio, local wines between the l6th aud l7th ceutury were called “precious” because of their exceptionally high quality.
It is in this area that we can find the ColSaliz vinyards. The hill’s name apparently comes from its characteristic sandy soil, called “saliz” in the local dialect, which confers special features to the area’s Prosecco grapes. The winery, owned by Antonio Faganello, is well equipped with modern facilities but still relies on traditional wine making techniques that have been passed from father to son since 1889.


The Monte Zovo winery has belonged to the Cottini family for generations and is situated in Caprino Veronese in the locality of Monte Zovo, the hill which gives the winery its name. Diego Cottini is the owner and wine maker.
The selected grapes are necessary for producing the “Ca’Linverno” and Amarone wines and are produced from here. Monte Zovo has an underground cellar where the wines are left in order to be refined. These cellars give the correct balance between temperature and humidity, essential elements for the natural maturing of the wines.