Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity, and its vintners are among the most modernized in the country. Located in northeast Italy, near the Austrian border, and one of the three regions making up the Tre-Venezie, Veneto is most famous for its magical capital and city of love, Venice. The region is characterized by hot summers and cool winters, with most vineyards found in the southern plains of the region, and many of the finest wines originating on surrounding hillsides. The importance of winemaking in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. In addition, Veneto was the first region to constitute the first strada del vino or "wine road".