Italian wines are renowned all over the world not only for their quality, but also for their great variety and history that dates back many centuries ago. Ancient populations like Greek, Etruscans and Romans had an important role in the development of wine produce, the way the wine grapes were grown and wine traditions in general. So, if you are planning to spend your holiday in Italy, reserve your flights and head to Italy to start discovering Italy’s fabulous vineyards.
Starting our journey from the North, Piedmont is often considered the “Burgundy” of Italy, due to its small-scale family vineyards and their focus on quality. Nebbiolo are one of the most planted grapes in the region, and it certainly is one of grape types that guarantees great quality and reputation of its wines, such as Barolo and Barbaresco, with their tar and roses “bouquet”. From Barbera grapes, Piedmont produces some of the most superlative red wines, with a good acidity and the aroma of plums and cherries.
Tuscan wines are the most famous all around the world, but also the most prestigious ones. Vineyards spread inland from the Mediterranean coast to the beautiful hills where the red Sangiovese grapes grow. Tuscan wineries produce wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese Grosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The renowned Chianti features Sangiovese and different blends of red and white grapes and is characterized by the aroma of red and black cherries, wild herbs, mint, and spices. Spend a day in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, and join a wine tasting tour to discover the best wines Tuscany has to offer. You can find great accommodation options in Florence through webpages like http://www.venere.com/italy/florence/.
Continuing your travel around the Italian vineyards, make sure to stop in Puglia, in the South of Italy, to taste some of their delicious wines. The Mediterranean climate, the sunshine and the sea breeze makes Puglia a perfect environment for viticulture. Primitivo di Manduria is the first DOCG in Puglia, a very strong wine, so called because the grapes used to make it ripen early. Negramaro vines, in Salento, produces instead a variety of red wines of invaluable intensity.
Veneto is probably an Italian region that produces the broadest variety of red, white and sparkling wines. Garganega is the most prevalent white grape that is used to create Soave, a dry and refreshing wine DOC. Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes are behind the vast majority of the red wines of this region, like the famous Valpolicello. Prosecco is produced from Glera grapes and is slightly fizzy or sparkling and is exported all around the world.
The wines produced on this Italian island have their own particular style that make them uniquely Sicilian. The grapes used by winemakers are a combination of varieties cultivated on the island and imported. Nero d’Avola and Catarratto are the most important wines in Sicily: Nero d’Avola is a red wine, with notes of black fruit, currant and clove. Catarratto is a white wine, fresh and fruity, often used in the Mediterranean cuisine.