The commune of Gambellara is the center of an extremely ancient winemaking tradition in which white-grape varieties are dominant. The most widely cultivated type of vine is Garganega. It is a vigorous variety, much appreciated by growers because of its abundant and constant output. Its grapes are not only adapted to vinification but also to consumption as a table fruit. It is rarely vinified alone even if the production discipline does not exclude such a practice, and it is usually associated with Trebbiano Toscano and Trebbiano di Soave.
Despite its glorious history and its indisputable qualities, Gambellara has recently confronted a crisis of loyalty on the part of local growers. Production declined, reaching its nadir in the period between 1982 and 1985. Because of the intensive efforts of the producers’ consortium, production has increased in the last few years and the level of quality has been substantially boosted. As a result, fears that this great wine of the Veneto might disappear have eased.