The Wines of the Euganean Hills
There is an ancient tradition in the Euganean Hills of vine-growing and wine-making which has shaped our land and created these wonderful landscapes.
Across this region of diverse landscapes and microclimates, a wide range of elegant and complex wines are produced: great reds such as Merlot and Cabernet, as well as Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Serprino, Pinello and Fior d'Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG, which is available dry, sparkling or as a straw wine.
The Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Colli Euganei organisation works to protect the origin, tradition and quality of the wines produced in these vineyards which are open to visitors through the Euganean Hills “Wine Road” initiative.
MUVI, in Vo’, an original museum telling the story of the wine-making heritage of the region through a wealth of exhibits which involve all of the senses.
Do not miss the chance to taste local produce at the Strada del Vino Colli Euganei winery in Luvigliano di Torreglia, telling stories of how our products are connected to the land, its geology and its climate.
Vineyard tastings and events
The wineries of the Euganean Hills are in beautiful locations, with breathtaking views: historic cellars with real charm, wonderful villas, monasteries and old farmsteads where you can taste the region’s finest export!
Tastings and events among the vines and grape presses of the Euganean Hills are a unique opportunity to learn about this region’s produce and to touch and taste it, savouring the intense flavours and enjoying rural hospitality.
Visits begin in the field with the farmers themselves, before continuing in the rooms where the wines are skilfully produced, and concluding in the elegant tasting rooms, creating an authentic experience which everyone can enjoy.
Tastings in the Euganean Hills: not just wine
The local dishes reflect the landscape, they are simple, authentic and exquisite: grilled meats, distinctive pasta shapes such as bigoli, potato gnocchi in sources such as rabbit, duck or chicken ragu and risottos with wild herbs and mushrooms.
Among the vegetables grown here are asparagus, sweet peas and various types of radicchio, or red chicory, and not forgetting red dates.
Jujubes, or red dates, are typical of Arquà Petrarca and are similar in size to olives with a taste like a crunchy pear. They are used to make the famous ‘Brodo di Giuggiole’, a type of liqueur.
Local types of egg pasta include bigoli, a type of fat spaghetti made using a press.
Other unmissable local produce includes cheese, cured meats, honey, flour, and jams made from seasonal fruits such as cherries, chestnuts and red dates.
There is also a long tradition of producing DOP extra virgin olive oil which is marked by a delicate fragrance and low acidity; and not forgetting Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo DOP, a sweet-tasting cured ham which is aged for 12 months, made from pigs reared on the plains between the Euganean and Berici Hills (the historic Fontana meat curers in Este).
And always leave room for dessert! Local specialities include traditional ‘zaeti’ biscuits made from cornflour and often topped with raisins or chocolate drops.
This region’s traditional liqueurs include Maraschino, which is cherry-flavoured, and Brodo di Giuggiole, the smooth and velvety liqueur from Arquà Petrarca. And of course not forgetting the craft grappas produced by many of the vineyards!
Have we tickled your tastebuds yet? We hope so because Abano, Montegrotto Terme and the Euganean Hills have so much to offer!