BREGANZE DOC is a town in Vicenza (VI) province in the Veneto in north-east Italy. The region owes its recent renown to Fausto Maculan (see link below) whose adoption of international varieties in the 1980s put the region on the map. However, Walter Speller (2015, p107-8) argues that as demand is waning for such wines, and despite Breganze producing ‘wines of real interest from Bordeaux varieties’, the region is ‘increasingly in need of redefining itself in a more Italian, indigenous context.’
TERROIR | ‘Although some of the vineyards are in the foothills of the alps to the north of the city of Vicenza, a large percentage of them are in the gravel soils of the plain,’ says Daniel Thomases.
WHITE WINES | From Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Grigio, Tai Bianco, Vespaiola and other grapes.
RED WINES | From a minimum 85% Merlot, plus Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot noir, plus indigenous varieties like Marzemino, Rossignola, Freisa and Gruaja.
SWEET WINES | Called ‘Torcolato’ and made from the Vespaiola grape.
NO CERTIFICATION | Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze. | Maculan.
Daniel Thomases, The Oxford Companion to Wine 3rd edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW (Oxford University Press, 2006) p103.
Oz Clarke 2015, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015).
Walter Speller, Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015), p107-8.