FROM HILL TO HILL

Territory extends between Venezia (75 km) and Verona (30 km), in the Vicenza province, on the latest slopes of Lessini Mountains, across soft ripples between 200 and 320 meters in altitude. The scenery is extremely varied, ranging from sleepy country hamlets to panoramic ridges. It is an easy drive, despite a few hairpin bends and some dirt roads.

 

Gambellara is situated on the border of Vicenza (22 km) and Verona (30 km) provinces, at the mouth of the Chiampo Valley, in the softly rolling foothills of the Lessini Mountains between 200 and 320 m above sea level. The soil is volcanic basalt, mainly in the form of earthy and crumbly tuff, which is particularly suitable for wine-growing due to its fertile nature and mineral content, causing for the wine’s extraordinary aroma.

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The area has been renowned for its wines for centuries, and there are records dating back to the mid-19th century that describe vineyards so perfectly tended as to resemble gardens. The vineyards now cover an area of around 1000 ha, much of which belongs to the older Classico production zone. The star of the vineyards is a native grape variety known as Garganega, which yields dry wines (Gambellara e Gambellara Classico) and passito wines (Recioto di Gambellara and Vin Santo di Gambellara) both of them with exceptional character.

 

The cellars (about 20 in all) are reached by the wine route that touches on the four municipal territories of the D.O.C. area: Gambellara, Montebello Vicentino, Montorso Vicentino and Zermeghedo.

 

The itinerary winds its way through what could be described as a ‘wine-growing park’, due to the fine scenery and the presence of modern companies, including several very prestigious ones. The proposed tour also extends to the two nearby towns, both of which are inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List: Vicenza, for Palladio’s architecture, and Verona for its old centre. Nearby you can also reach the Asiago Plateau, the Piccole Dolomiti of Recoaro Terme, Lake Garda, the Lessini Mountains Park and the Fossil Museum at Bolca. The area is easily reached via the Milano-Venezia motorway, which has an exit at Montebello Vicentino. The SS 11 Padana Superiore road runs parallel to the motorway, as does the Milano-Venezia railway line, with stops at San Bonifacio and Lonigo.

 

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