Durello, Romeo and Juliet's wine
The Lessini Durello wine is characteristic of the valley of the Lessinia, located between the provinces of Vicenza and Verona. Its name clearly refers to the geographical location, more specifically to the hills on the eastern side of the Lessini mountains. This territory is characterized by a volcanic soil and by a kind of vine that grows exclusively in this area: the “Durella”. The “Durella” is a variety of white grapes with a high acidic content that makes it particularly suitable for sparkling wines.
The so called “Lessini Durello route” has three distinct routes. The first one starts at the Villa Cordellina in Montecchio Maggiore (province of Vicenza) and continues uphill to the famous castles of Romeo and Juliet. These castles were built in the 1300s by the Scaligeri to defend the vast territory in the Chiampo and Agno valleys.
These are the castles that inspired Luigi da Porto to write the story of Romeo and Juliet that was re-elaborated by Shakespeare. Some people even call the Durello the wine of “Romeo and Juliet”. From the castles you can admire the beautiful landscape from the Lessini mountains to the Berici hills.
The second route takes you to Arzignano, famous for its leather and textile industry. From here you can reach the outer edge of the wine centers in the province of Vicenza, including Valdagno, Recoaro Terme, or Schio. Heading south you can reach Montorso and Montebello, both active wine centers.
The third route takes you to Roncà, the actual “capital” of the Durello, for the the historicity of the production of wine and for the number of wineries. As you move more towards Soave in the province of Verona, you arrive to Montecchia di Crosara. This wine town appears in the hills, surrounded by endless vineyards and cherry trees.
After visiting all the routes, you definitely have to try the wine with some of the typical dishes of the territory. You won't be disappointed...