For centuries Veneto, in the North East of Italy, has been one of the foremost wine producing regions and one of the most modernised of Italy. With its vast micro-climates, no other region offers more diversity in such close proximity than Veneto. The Gran Passione project was set up in 2013 in homage to the Venetians long standing history of being great traders and their rich wine culture. The aim was to create wines of high quality, that are affordable and representative in style to those that have been made in Veneto for centuries. Using traditional varieties, whilst honouring long-established techniques, Gran Passione create beautiful expressions of these classic Venetian wines.
One of Veneto’s true distinctions is that they are the only wine making area in the world which produce wines using dried grapes in any serious measure. The Gran Passione Rosso is a Merlot/Corvina blend made with dried, over-ripe grapes that have been harvested late in the season. The grapes decrease in acidity, reduce in water content and become concentrated in sugar, giving you this unique glossy texture, richness and sweet fruit flavour. This style is a staple for many Venetian reds and is much loved amongst British consumers!
More recently we introduced the Gran Passione Bianco to our portfolio, a Garganega/Pinot Bianco blend, which is fresh and bright but also has richness and great texture. And much like the Gran Passione Rosso has swiftly become a firm favourite of many of our customers! These two traditionally used varieties have been made in parts of Veneto for centuries, Garganega one of the major grapes of the Soave region and Pinot Bianco with a long history in Colli Euganei.