Verona is a province in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy. Near Lake Garda, the city spreads out from the shores of the Adige river, at the feet of the Venetian pre-alpine hills, enjoying a fortunate climatic position.
The geographical position has naturally promoted commerce and foreign trade, in fact the province of Verona is the natural crossroads of north-south and east-west traffic in Europe, so it has always been a major centre of commerce, fuelled – among other things – by the significant industrial and agricultural production of the province.
A key position
Due to its central position in Northern Italy, Verona serves as an important traffic nexus, including: the Brenner and Serenissima motorways; connections with Port cities on the Adriatic-Tyrrhenian coasts; a vital railway junction linking Italy and the rest of Europe and an international airport capable of handing both passenger and commercial traffic, one of the most important customs district in Northern Italy.
Rich cultural heritage
Verona is one of the most ancient and beautiful Italian cities and it is a major centre for tourism, art and culture – such as the Opera season in the Arena, Italy’s largest opera theatre - beautiful landscapes and typical wine and food products are a constantly expanding reality which attracts and delights more and more people. Shakespeare’ masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, set in Verona, attracts tourists from all over the world. In 2000 Unesco's World Heritage Committee has inscribed the City of Verona on the World Heritage List.
The province of Verona is renowned not only for its culture, history and hundreds of gastronomic delights, but also for its great wines. The Amarone, Bardolino and Soave wines are all familiar names, but there are also many other “jewels” that are apparently little known, yet well worth discovering. The vineyards are located between the shores of Lake Garda and the Lessini Mountains, and in the territory dividing the Po and Adige valleys. Whether it be an enchanting Lessini Durello sparkling wine or a Custoza as an aperitif, a floral Soave to accompany a fish pasta dish, a Valpolicella Ripasso for a main course, or a Recioto for dessert, all these wines come from this beautiful Italian area. There is major diversity in the grapes cultivated, ranging from white grapes, such as the indigenous Turbiana, and the Garganega grapes, the Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, to native red varieties like Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. That is without mentioning the great Cabernet and Merlot.
Wine accounts for 9% of total exports from the province that is the leader in Italian wine exports with a 12% share. The export value in 2015 achieved the amount of 881 million euros. In the province of Verona there are 5 DOCG (Amarone della Valpolicella, Bardolino Superiore, Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Soave, Soave Superiore) and 14 DOC (Arcole, Bardolino, Custoza, Garda, Lessini Durello, Lugana, Merlara, Monti Lessini , San Martino della Battaglia, Soave, Valdadige, Terradeiforti Valdadige, Valpolicella and Ripasso Valpolicella). 90% of the wine produced in Verona area belongs to some denomination of origin (DOC or DOCG) or some indication of protected origin (IGP). From appetizers to desserts, from aperitifs to snacks, white, red and rosé, still or with bubbles, Verona’s wines are able to accompany any time of the day. Every year, the Chamber of Commerce in Verona organizes a wine competition reserved exclusively for wines produced in the province of the city. ( Verona Wine Top)
Verona and its territory represent one of the most important and dynamic industrial and business district not only in Italy but in the whole Europe especially for what concerns, wine and food industry, technology, logistic, clothing industry & fashion, marble and stone, furniture. Nevertheless, beside the big, main industries, manufacturing districts of Verona and in the North East of Italy are characterized by the presence of small and medium size businesses, specialized on high quality, innovative design and technologies, and high market flexibility.
Verona Vinitaly, the International Wine and Spirits exhibition, is the most important event for the wine sector in Italy and one of the most important in the world. During Vinitaly, the squares in the historic centre come alive with Vinitaly and The City: the Vinitaly Off -Show event for all wine lovers.
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.
In Verona University you can find different offers in Wine education such as:
• Undergraduate degree course in Viticultural and Oenological Science and Technology
• Bachelor in Viticultural and Oenological Science and Technology
• University Degree in the Science and Technology of Viticulture and Winemaking
• Joint Masters in Viticulture, Oenology and the Wine Market