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When many people think about Italy, naturally, most people’s thoughts would turn to the beautiful wine regions and vineyards. Italian wine has been given a lot of love over the years, and there is a reason it has been crowned the best wine destination in the world. Ever since the Greeks arrived in Italy with their artistic winemaking techniques in the 8th century BC, Italy became a vital wine importer due to the provisions outside of Italy during Roman rule. But fast forward to the modern-day and the vast array of wine regions encompass a number of romantic landscapes with great varieties of great tasting grapes.
Italy produces approximately 1/3 of the world’s wines and is down to its expansive wine regions! With 20 wine regions all around the country, here are some of the key ones:
This region includes Piedmont, Valle D'Aosta, Lombardy, and Liguria. The key grape is the red Nebbiolo which gives the reds its deep colour and blackberry flavours. Other notable grapes include the white Cortese (also known as the Cortese di Gavi), the Petite Arvine, and the famous Riesling.
The wines this region offers includes Barbaresco, Langhe Nebbiolo, Gavi (di Gavi), and Franciacorta, but the most famous of all is the Barolo.
This region comprises the three key areas of Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino-Alto Adige with key grape varieties including the red Corvina with cherry and cherry stone notes. Other reds include Teroldego, Lagrein, and Pinot Noir. The whites include the famous Glera di Prosecco (more commonly known as Prosecco) and Pinot Grigio varieties.
Valpolicella, Amarone, Valpolicella Ripasso, and Bardolino are some of the key wines produced by this region, but the sparkling Prosecco is the most famous of all.
The Central Region is home to Italy’s most famous region, Tuscany which is home to Chianti, the most popular Italian wine of all. But there are other regions that grow a number of great grapes including Umbria, Lazio, Emilia Romagna, Le Marche, and Abruzzo. The grape varieties include a red Sangiovese and Montepulciano, as well as white Pecorino and Grechetto.
Some of the key regions in the south include Campania, Basilicata, and Sicily, with key grape varieties including a red Primitivo, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola and whites such as Fiano, Greco, Grillo, Vermentino, and Catarratto.
Some great wines out of this region include Biferno, Salice Salentino, Brindisi, and Manduria. If you want to try a great wine from Southern Italy you should check out the Torridoro Primitivo Di Manduria which we have in stock.
Typically, the wine harvest in Italy falls during the autumn months. You will see many harvesters during the “vendemmia” between the end of August and mid-October.
Some of the most common wines available originate from Italy, however there are so many you will always find something new when you go looking. The most commonly available Italian Wine varieties are:
If you want to try some great Italian Wines. Then head on over to our Italian Wines page and you will not be disappointed. Great Wines at Great Prices.
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