The ancient Villas, the past of the poets, the green of the vines, the geometry of the hills, the gentle waters, the silence of sunny churches have made Valpolicella an happy island. Here starts the path of art: Roman Verona, the Vicenza of Palladio, and then Mantua, Parma, Venice and other small or large towns are easily reached by car or public transport. Very close is Lake Garda and Tourism allows excursions, in summer and winter, on Mount Baldo and Lessini. The gorge “Della Chiusa”, aperture between the Alps and the plains, and the Bridge of Veia recall the strength and the mysteries of nature. To the north, the Adige Valley gives the possibility to reach in a short time, the splendor of the rose mountains: the Dolomites. Roads, highways, transportation and the airport “Catullo” of Verona, cross the territory allowing fast and easy moving. The hilly agricultural and marble-quarrying region of small holdings north of the Adige is famous for wine production. Valpolicella ranks just after Chianti in total Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wine production. The red wine known as Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varietals: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. A variety of wine styles are produced in the area, including a recioto dessert wine and Amarone, a strong wine made from dried grapes. Most basic Valpolicellas are light, fragrant table wines in flavor. These wines can be produced in anouveau style, similar to Beaujolais nouveau and released only a few weeks after harvest. Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the original Valpolicella production zone. Valpolicella Superiore is aged at least one year and has an alcohol content of at least 12 percent. Valpolicella Ripasso is a form of Valpolicella Superiore made with partially dried grape skins that have been left over from fermentation of Amarone or recioto. Winemaking in the region has existed since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. The name “Valpolicella” appeared in charters of the mid 12th century, combining two valleys previously thought of independently. Its etymologyis unknown; it might derive from a Latin and Greek mixture for “Valley of Cellars.” Today Valpolicella’s economy is heavily based on wine production. The region, colloquially called the “pearl of Verona”, has also been a preferred location for rural vacation villas. Seven comuni compose Valpolicella: Pescantina, San Pietro in Cariano, Negrar, Marano di Valpolicella, Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella and Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo.