The Monti Lessini PDO is reserved for the following typologies of wine: White; Red and Passito (only with indication of grape variety). The Designation also incorporates numerous grape variety specifications.
The production area of Monti Lessini PDO is within the territory of numerous municipalities in the provinces of Verona and Vicenza, in the Veneto region.
White: min. 50% Chardonnay, max. 50%, individually or combined, Durella, Garganega, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon.
Description of product typologies
Monti Lessini PDO Bianco is yellow in colour with greenish or intense yellow highlights; the nose offers aromas varying from white and yellow flowers to freshly cut grass and fresh fruit, becoming more pronounced with the intensification of the wine’s colour; it is generally smooth and warm on the palate, becoming more complex and structured as the colour of the wine deepens.Monti Lessini PDO Pinot Nero is ruby-red in colour, at times with garnet highlights; the nose is delicate and pleasant; it is dry, full-bodied and pleasantly bitter on the palate.
Grape variety specifications
The Monti Lessini PDO may display the specifications of the following grape varieties. From white grape varieties (incl. Passito): min. 85% Durella, max. 15% Garganega, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Pinot Nero. From red grape varieties: min. 85% Pinot Nero, pure or with the addition of non-aromatic grape berries similar in colour and originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the concerned area, max. 15%.The characteristics of the colour, fragrances and flavour of each specification are those typical of the grape variety and terroir of origin. Grapes destined for the vinification of Monti Lessini PDO Passito wine must have been dried naturally for at least 2 months, with the possible use of systems and/or technologies that do not increase the drying temperature in respect to that of natural processes. Drying can also be aided by environmental conditioning systems on the condition that they operate at a similar temperature of that found in traditional drying methods.
The Monti Lessini PDO designation can be followed by Vigna (Vineyard) with the relative toponym.