Colli Berici DOC is a denomination for red and white wines from 28 communes the Berici hills between Verona and Padova, south of the city of Vicenza in Vicenza province in north-east Italy covering. The Berici Hills are a group of hills, a special formation in the alluvial plain on which stands Vicenza, originated on the bottom of an ancient sea over at least a hundred million years. Important for the top area is the Monte Berico
Production zone: The wines come from the communes of Albettone, Alonte, Altavilla, Arcugnano, Barbarano Vicentino, Brendola, Castegnero, Grancona, Mossano, Nanto, Orgiano, San Germano dei Berici, Sovizzo, Villaga, and Zovencedo; and from part of the communes of Asigliano Veneto, Campiglia dei Berici, Creazzo, Longare, Lonigo, Montebello Vicentino, Montecchio Maggiore, Montegalda, Montegaldella, Monteviale, Sarego, Sossano e Vicenza.
Wine grapes: Cavrara is a minor red grape still found here. Permitted varieties include Garganego/a, Pinot bianco, Pinot nero, Pinot grigio, Chardonnay, Manzoni bianco, Cabernet, Cabernet riserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon riserva, Carmenère, Carmenère riserva, Merlot, Merlot Riserva.
Colli Berici spumante: Traditional method sparkling white, rosato or rosé.
Colli Berici bianco: Still white. Also in semi-sparkling (‘frizzante’), fully sparkling (‘spumante’) and passito versions.
Colli Berici rosso: Still red. Also in reserve and novello versions.
Colli Berici varietal wines: Named varieties must comprise 85-100% of the blend. They include Garganega, Tai, Sauvignon, Pinot bianco, Pinot nero, Pinot grigio, Chardonnay, Manzoni Bianco, Tai Rosso (also in sparkling and reserve version versions), Merlot (also in reserve version), Cabernet (also in reserve version), Cabernet Sauvignon (also in reserve version), Cabernet franc (also in reserve version), Carmenère (also in reserve version).
Colli Berici Barbarano sub-area: Barbarano rosso or Colli Berici Barbarano from the Berici sub-zone can only be made as either Spumante or Riserva.
No certification: Il Cavallino di Sauro Maule.