Renowned as the city of love, because of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is also the city of wine, thanks to amazing productions such as Amarone. So, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network announced in November 6, 2016 that it has accepted Verona’s application to join the network as the 10th member, toghether with Adelaide – South Australia (Australia); Bilbao – Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France); Cape Town – Cape Winelands (South Africa), Mainz – Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco- Napa Valley (USA) and Valparaiso – Casablanca Valley (Chile).
Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is the only network encompassing the so-called “Old” and “New” worlds of wine and has developed and introduced several initiatives, notably the ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards with the objective of achieving excellence in tourism, business services and education.
Verona is Italy’s largest producer of quality wines and the country’s fourth most important tourist destination after Venice, Rome and Florence. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. 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. Verona University is one of the most important centers of higher learning in Italy. The university offers several undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in wine science and wine education. Verona hosts Vinitaly “one of the most important events in the world in the wine industry”, according to The New York Times.
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