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Mr. Nicola Baldo, member of the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Verona, in charge of Tourism, signed the partnership agreement at a ceremony on November 6 during the Network’s Annual General Meeting in Porto.
Verona is the second largest and second most populous province in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy. It is the leading Italian producer in the food sector and in the production of marble and natural stone, Italy’s largest producer of quality wines and the country’s fourth most important tourist destination after Venice, Rome and Florence.
The province of Verona and its wine regions host 5 DOCGs (Amarone della Valpolicella, Bardolino Superiore, Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Soave and Soave Superiore) and 14 DOCs. Wine accounts for 9% of total exports from the province that is the leader in Italian wine exports with a 12% share.
Verona University is one of the most important centers of higher learning in Italy, with 23.000 students and 1500 faculty and staff. The university’s 15 departments and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery offer 60 undergraduate degrees, 26 Masters courses, 40 specialization schools and 16 master classes.
The university offers several undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in wine science and wine education.
It is an honor for the Great Wine Capitals to welcome a new Italian partner in the Network. This will certainly increase the GWC impact in terms of wine tourism around the world.