The DOC Monti Lessini, located in the Veneto wine region, covers the municipalities of Vestenanova, San Giovanni Ilarione, Montecchia di Crosara, Roncà, Cazzano di Tramigna, Tregnago and Badia Calavena, located in the Verona region. It also includes the municipalities of Arzignano, Castelgomberto, Chiampo, Brogliano, Gambugliano, Trissino and part of the municipalities of Cornedo, Costabissara, Gambellara, Isola Vicentina, Malo, Marano Vicentino, Monte di Malo, Montebello Vicentino and Montecchio Maggiore.
The climate is moderate, with average annual temperatures of 14°C. Annual rainfall can exceed 1000 mm per year.
The vineyards are concentrated on soils formed by volcanic and basic volcanic and detrital-volcanic rocks, which have a moderate depth and a fine texture.
The DOC Monti Lessini, situated in the picturesque Veneto wine region, is diligently overseen by the Consorzio di Tutela Monti Lessini. This consortium plays a pivotal role in preserving and promoting the distinct viticultural heritage of the area. Encompassing a range of municipalities, including Vestenanova, San Giovanni Ilarione, Montecchia di Crosara, Roncà, Cazzano di Tramigna, Tregnago, and Badia Calavena in the Verona region, as well as Arzignano, Castelgomberto, Chiampo, Brogliano, Gambugliano, Trissino, and parts of several others, such as Cornedo, Costabissara, Gambellara, Isola Vicentina, Malo, Marano Vicentino, Monte di Malo, Montebello Vicentino, and Montecchio Maggiore, the Consorzio diligently safeguards the rich wine-making traditions and terroir of Monti Lessini.
The Monti Lessini wine region in northern Italy experiences a continental climate with diverse microclimates due to its hilly and mountainous terrain. The vineyards, situated at varying altitudes between 200 to 700 meters, benefit from cooler temperatures and ample sunlight. The region receives a moderate amount of rainfall, around 1000 millimeters annually, supporting grape cultivation. This climatic diversity contributes to the production of unique and characterful wines, showcasing the influence of the terroir on the final wine profiles.
The Monti Lessini wine region's soil is a diverse mix due to its hilly terrain. It comprises limestone, marl, volcanic rocks, and clay. These varied soil types contribute to the complexity of the wines, offering a unique mineral character and distinct flavors that reflect the region's terroir.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Merlot, Pinot Nero
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Garganega, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco
The Monti Lessini wine region showcases a delightful array of red and white wines, each a testament to the land's rich viticultural heritage.
Among the most common red wines, Merlot reigns as a prominent choice, boasting its velvety texture and alluring berry notes. The vines, nurtured in the region's varied soils, impart a remarkable depth and complexity to the wine, making it a beloved companion for hearty Italian fare or simply sipping by the fireside.
In the realm of white wines, Garganega claims its spot as a cherished local gem. Revered for its fresh acidity and floral bouquet, Garganega enthralls with flavors of citrus and stone fruits, evoking the essence of the sun-soaked hills. Whether enjoyed with antipasti or on its own, Garganega tantalizes the palate with its invigorating charm.
The Monti Lessini wine region's wines bear the unmistakable mark of the land's unique terroir. The altitude, diverse soils, and favorable climate contribute to the wines' exceptional character, impressing connoisseurs with each sip.
Elegantly expressing the essence of this mesmerizing landscape, Monti Lessini red and white wines serve as a delightful ode to the region's winemaking traditions. With every bottle, they invite us on a journey to discover the remarkable harmony between nature and craft, a journey well worth savoring.