Veneto is a DOC in north east Italy stretching westward to Lake Garda and northward to the Alps and the Austrian border. It exists behind the lagoons of Venice, which was an important power in the wine trade of the middle ages. Native vines of Tocai, Garganega, and Verduzzo are grown in the hillsides scattered about the region. Bardolino, Valpolicella, and Soave can be great if grown in the right area. The hills running eastward from Lake Garda are one these places. The most interesting wines to come from Veneto are the light, fruity merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Because Veneto's main center of academe is the Experimental Viticultural Institute of Conegliano, it seems fitting that currently Veneto is the site of the nation’s most important wine fair, "Vinitaly", held each spring in Verona.