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Colli Euganei DOC

Description to Colli Euganei DOC

DOC area for red and white wines in the Po Valley in the Italian region of Veneto. The wine from this area was already sung about in the 14th century by the poet Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), who retired here in old age and started to cultivate wine. The area covers about 1,300 hectares of vineyards on volcanic and highly calcareous mountain slopes with the 603-metre-high Monte Venda south-west of Padua. These are entirely the municipalities of Arquà Petrarca, Galzignano Terme and Torreglia, as well as parts of the municipalities of Abano Terme, Baone, Battaglia Terme, Cervarese Santa Croce, Cinto Euganeo, Due Carrare, Este, Lozzo Atestino, Monselice, Montegrotto Terme, Rovolon, Selvazzano Dentro, Teolo and Vò in the province of Padova

The pure wines must contain at least 85% of the respective variety. The white wines are Chardonnay, Garganega, Manzoni Bianco, Moscato(Muscat Blanc), Pinot Bianco(Pinot Blanc), Sauvignon(Sauvignon Blanc) and Tai(Sauvignonasse). The red wines are Cabernet (Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Carmenère), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot (also as Novello) and Raboso(Raboso Piave and/or Raboso Veronese)

The Bianco is blended from Garganega (30%), Tai and/or Sauvignon (30%), Moscato Bianco and/or Moscato Giallo = golden muscatel (5-10%), as well as other approved varieties (max. 30%). The Rosso is produced from Merlot (40-80%), Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Carmenère (20-60%), as well as Raboso Piave and/or Raboso Veronese (max. 10%). A Spumante is available from Bianco, Moscato, Serprino(Glera) and Pinello(Pinella). A Frizzante is from Serprino and Pinello. A Riserva with longer maturation period there are from Rosso, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot and Raboso

The Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio, made from Moscato Giallo, received the DOCG classification in 2011.