Course: Understanding Wine
Northeastern Italy cascades from the Alps along the Swiss, Austrian and Slovenian borders. The foothills in the three northeastern regions - Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, are best-known for their white wines, though Alto Adige produces plentiful quantities of light-bodied reds that are consumed locally. Veneto and the lower plains are known primarily for their reds.
The mountains, foothills and plains of the northeast create pockets of ideal conditions for growing many different varieties. The cool higher elevations are good for crisp whites or light, fruity reds. The warmer plains are better for reds.
To the west, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay thrive in Trentino-Alto Adige's high altitude vineyards.
In the large middle region of Veneto most vineyards are found on the southern plains where the climate...
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