The Carnevale di Venezia is a public festival in the Italian city of Venice. The Venetian Carnival is an international event becoming more and more important each year thanks to the participation of thousands of people who gather in the Venetian streets and squares.

Today, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for Carnival. One of the most important events is the contest for la maschera più bella ("the most beautiful mask") placed at the last weekend of the Carnival and juried by a panel of international costume and fashion designers. The celebrations include performing arts, music, masquerade parades, and the traditional volo dell’angelo (flying angel), all in the unique setting of some of the ancient Venetian Palaces.

It is not surprising that Carnevale is also associated with some traditional culinary delicacies, and it’s in this tradition that the Il Carnevale di Venezia wines were created.

Veneto is a wine region in north-eastern Italy, one of a group of three highly productive Italian regions known collectively as the Venezie (after the ancient Venetian Republic). Veneto's growers are among the most modernised in Italy. While most of the 'classic' wines from this area are based on native grape varieties like Garganega,  high demand for Veneto wines in the European and US markets has galvanized the region's producers into experimentation with Cabernets, Chardonnay and Pinot varieties, among others.

Garganega is a variety of white Italian wine grape widely grown in the Veneto region of North East Italy, particularly in the provinces of Verona and Vicenza. It is Italy's 6th most widely planted white grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon, is a hybrid of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, and one of the most popular wine grapes in the world. Cabernet Sauvignonhas a long history in Italian wines, being first introduced to the Piedmont region in 1820. Inthe past century, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed a swell of popularity as one of the noble grapes in the world of wine.

Chardonnay has a long history in Italy. By the late 20th century, more concentrated efforts were put into identifying Chardonnay and making pure varietal versions of the wine. By 2000, it was Italy's fourth most widely planted white wine grape. Most Chardonnay plantings are located in the northern wine regions, and in the Veneto it is often blended with Garganega to give more weight and structure to the wine.

Pinot Grigio is also known as Pinot Gris, and plantings can be found in the Lombardy region around Oltrepo Pavese and in Alto Adige, Italy's northernmost wine region. The grape is also prominent in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The grapes grow in small clusters (hence the pinecone shape). Wines made from the Pinot Grigio vary greatly and are dependent on the region and wine making style they are from. The Pinot Grigio style of Italy is a light-bodied, often lean wine that is light in color with sometimes spritzy flavors that can be crisp and acidic.

Merlot is a dark blue-coloured wine grape that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot's low acidity serves as a balance for the higher acidity in many Italian wine grapes with the grape often being used in blends in the Veneto, Alto Adige and Umbria. Merlot-based wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant. Merlot is also one of the most popular red wine varietals in many markets. This flexibility has helped to make it one of the world's most planted grape varieties.

Chianti is any wine produced in the Chianti region, in central Tuscany. For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% Sangiovese grapes. The Chianti region covers a vast area of Tuscany and includes within its boundaries several overlapping Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) regions. Chiantis tend to have medium-high acidity and medium tannins. The acidity in the wines makes them very flexible with food, particularly with Italian cuisines that feature red sauce, as well as beef, lamb and game.

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