Grape vines have been growing in the Breganze area since pre-history and references to growing vines are present in trade contracts dating back to the period between 1300 and 1600, and evidence suggests that Breganze has been renowned for its quality wines since the eighteenth century. The area of provenance, which obtained the D.O.C. designation in 1969, includes some municipalities in the province of Vicenza, delineated by the Astico and Brenta rivers, in the area where the hills meet the plains and where vines produce a high quality fruit.
The wine-growing and wine-making tradition in the area has typically focussed on native grapevines, especially Vespaiolo, used to make Breganze Vespaiolo and Breganze Vespaiolo superiore and, once the grapes have been carefully selected and dried, Breganze Torcolato.
In addition, imported grapevines find this the perfect climate, allowing for success with pure and mixed varieties,
Breganze Bianco, Breganze Bianco superiore, Breganze Rosso and Breganze Rosso superiore.
The other D.O.C. wines are Breganze Chardonnay, Breganze Chardonnay superiore, Breganze Pinot bianco, Breganze Pinot bianco superiore, Breganze Pinot grigio, Breganze Pinot grigio superiore, Breganze Sauvignon, Breganze Sauvignon superiore, Breganze Cabernet, Breganze Cabernet superiore, Breganze Cabernet Sauvignon, Breganze Cabernet Sauvignon superiore, Breganze Pinot nero, Breganze Pinot nero superiore, Breganze Marzemino and Breganze Marzemino superiore.
"Riserva" identifies Rosso, Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Nero, Marzemino and Torcolato that are put on the market after an ageing period of at least two years.
The Strada del Vino (Wine Road) itinerary winds through the foothills of Vicenza between the valleys carved by the Astico and Brenta rivers. The tour begins in the town of Thiene, which plays an increasingly important role in Vicenza's economy and social framework. Moving eastward, it leads to Lonedo di Lugo, in the municipality of Lugo di Vicenza, where Villa Godi Malinverni and Villa Piovene are considered charming examples of Palladio's architectural works in Veneto. The tour continues a few kilometres further to Breganze, before dipping towards the plain, passing over the Bastia di Montecchio Precalcino, located on a lonely hill, skirting the banks of the Astico river and the town of Sandrigo, the birthplace of the traditional dish called baccalà alla vicentina. Mason Vicentino is as famous for its cherries as Marostica, a Medieval town whose city walls surround the Piazza degli Scacchi and connect the Higher Castle to its lower counterpart. The tour culminates in Bassano del Grappa, one of the oldest and most beautiful provincial towns in Italy.
Other Things To Enjoy In the Area
The human chess game at Marostica, the typical local produce such as Asiago's cheeses and the baccalà of Sandrigo, the white asparagus fairs at Bassano del Grappa, or the famous spirit named after this place..... all in an area famed for its hospitality. Come and sample the pleasures of the Torcolato di Breganze wine route, the road of culture and good food. The food and wine of Vicenza awaits you all year round!
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