A voluntary consortium has been protecting DOC-certified wines of the Euganean Hills and their production since 1972. It carries out promotional activities and checks in order to ensure that consumers have wines boasting all the physical and sensory qualities that only the soil of the Euganean Hills can offer on their table.

Donatello’s Gattamelata equestrian statue – a soldier of fortune dressed in full armour sitting proudly in the saddle of his steed – was chosen as the logo on the consortium’s label (visit the website).

This logo, placed on bottles of Euganean Hills DOC wines, guarantees the product’s quality and origin. The consortium awards this logo only to those wines that meet the requirements of its production guidelines and that have been approved by the experts that make up the wine tasting committee.

 

The Consorzio Vini Colli Euganei offers its members several services, including:

  • Chemical testing carried out in its own laboratory;
  • Technical/agronomic assistance with the application of new growing techniques and protective measures against vine parasites;
  • Oenological consultancy services and assistance, allowing producers to try newly developed wine-making technologies.

 

D.O.C. WINES

 

BIANCO

Variety: a blend of Garganega, Serprina and Tocai grapes in almost equal quantities, with small amounts of Pinot Bianco, Riesling Italico, Pinello and Chardonnay.

Characteristics: straw yellow colour, pleasant, delicate fragrance reminiscent of jasmine, dry or semi-sweet taste, flavourful, smooth, full-bodied, fine and delicate.

Serving temperature: 12 degrees.

 

CABERNET FRANC

Variety: Cabernet Franc. Originally from France, this variety has been grown in the Euganean Hills since 1870, in Lispida. It can be used in wine on its own or blended using a maximum of 10%, added to Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot.

Characteristics: long-lasting herbaceous fragrance and taste, intense ruby red colour or blood red; with ageing it acquires garnet reflections.

Serving temperature: 18 degrees.

 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon. From the Gironde region of France, this variety has been grown in Veneto since the unification of Italy. It is one of oenology’s jewels in the crown.

Characteristics: intense red ruby colour with purple reflections, tends towards garnet with ageing. Distinctive, slightly herbaceous wine fragrance with hints of raspberry when young. With ageing it becomes finer, becoming lighter and more delicate.

Serving temperature: 18 degrees.

 

CHARDONNAY

Variety: Chardonnay. Originally from France, it produces excellent sparkling wines.

Characteristics: quite strong with a fairly high fixed acidity, fine, elegant, with a delicate fragrance reminiscent of Golden Delicious apples and tuberose blossom. It has a composite, balanced taste reminiscent of honey, acacia and liquorice. It is dry, simple and inviting.

Serving temperature: 8 degrees.

 

FIOR D'ARANCIO

Variety: Yellow Muscat from the area known as Fior D'Arancio.

Characteristics: a straw yellow sparkling wine with golden reflections, an intense, long-lasting fragrance, typical of grapes with a citron-like aroma; it has a sweet, balanced taste that is pleasantly spicy. It is available as a sweet wine or passito straw wine.

Serving temperature: 6 degrees for sparkling wine, 18 degrees for passito.

 

MERLOT

Variety: Merlot. Originally from France, it was imported from the Gironde area. Wine expert Petìt-Laffite attributes the name of this wine to the word merlot, meaning ‘little blackbird’, an animal that adores this type of grape.

Characteristics: it has a ruby red colour that can be more or less heavy, and slightly garnet-hued if aged. The taste is moderately dry or demi-sec, with a pleasant, distinctive fragrance reminiscent of blueberry and raspberry.

Serving temperature: 18 degrees.

 

ROSSO

Variety: A blend of Merlot (around two-thirds), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Raboso Veronese.

Characteristics: the colour starts off as ruby red when young and takes on garnet reflections as it ages till it reaches a brick colour; its fragrance is a pleasantly typical, distinctive, long-lasting wine aroma, while the taste is full-bodied, warm, rounded and flavourful.

Food pairings: when young, it goes well with pasta dishes, boiled meat, roast white meat and chicken, while when aged it is the perfect accompaniment to game.

Serving temperature: 18 degrees.

 

MOSCATO

Variety: Moscato Bianco. Originally from the eastern Mediterranean basin, this variety later spread to other areas, particularly Piedmont and the Euganean Hills.

Characteristics: with a straw yellow colour and golden reflections, this wine is characterised by an unmistakable muscat flavour, both delicate and agreeable. There is a still version and a sweet sparkling version with a spicy, intense taste. Serving temperature: 6 degrees.

 

NOVELLO

Variety: a blend of Barbera, Cabernet, Merlot and Raboso varieties. Novello appeared in Italy in the late 1970s and now accounts for a large proportion of Veneto’s wine industry. The Novello grown in the Euganean Hills is one of Veneto’s two DOC Novello wines (along with Bardolino).

Characteristics: pleasant, fresh, high-spirited, it has an attractive purple/ruby red colour, a fruity flavour that is however not tannic, with an intense and distinctive flavour.

Serving temperature: 16 degrees.

 

PINELLO

Variety: Pinello. This is a native variety that has always been blended in Bianco wine, while it is now produced on its own, with excellent results. It is ideal for producing sparkling wine.

Characteristics: a straw yellow colour with greenish reflections, a typically intense, distinctive fragrance and a dry, acidic, long-lasting taste. It is served as a sparkling wine.

Serving temperature: 12 degrees.

 

PINOT BIANCO

Variety: A high quality variety with ancient origins. It derives from a genetic mutation affecting Pinot Noir and its ideal habitat is in the hills and in dry soils.

Characteristics: it has a light straw yellow colour with greenish reflections and a fine, delicate fragrance of forest undergrowth. It leaves a bitter almond aftertaste and a velvety flavour that is pleasantly dry.

Serving temperature: 10 degrees.

 

TOCAI ITALICO

Variety: Tocai Italico. It is almost certain that this variety was exported from Italy into Hungary, and not vice-versa, in around the eleventh century.

Characteristics: it has a straw colour and a delicate fragrance of wildflowers and peach leaves, while the flavour is dry and demi-sec, smooth, balanced, velvety, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Serving temperature: 10 degrees.

 

SERPRINO

Variety: Serprino. Of uncertain origin, this variety is considered synonymous for Prosecco. It prefers hillside areas where it takes on the strong characteristics typical of this variety.

Characteristics: a sparkling wine with an attractive straw yellow colour, pale and bright, it has a fresh, delicate fragrance with clearly perceptible fruity notes, while the flavour is dry and high-spirited

Serving temperature: 6 degrees.

 

Useful information: the official website of the Euganean Hills wine road (Strada del Vino Colli Euganei)

The official website of the Consorzio Vini Colli Euganei