Veneto is a hilly region in the north-east of Italy bordering the Adriatic coast and produces some of Italy’s most recognised wines. The region has a vineyard area of 76,600 ha of which almost half are of the DOC and DOCG status wines. Two major climatic influences have an impact on the region; the cooler mountains to the North generate a continental effect whilst the Adriatic in the south has a warm maritime influence. White wines dominate the region including Pinot Grigio and the Garganega dominant wines of the Soave sub-region. Red Valpolicella wines made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, produce fragrant, dark fruit characters in a range of styles from dry, fresh, youthful wines to the intense, concentrated Amarone and sweet Recioto wines. Veneto is also home to fresh, lively Prosecco Sparkling wines produced from the Glera variety.