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Home | Italy


Italy - Magnifico!

The Italians learned long ago how to enjoy their wine.  Italy boasts having amongst the highest per capita wine consumption of any country, the largest number of unique grape varieties of any country, and depending on the year, is either the number one or number two largest wine producing country in the world.

Italy’s wine growing regions are organized along the governmental administrative regions of which there are twenty.  Within each region are provinces.

The classification scheme for Italian wine consists of four levels – Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) and Vino da Tavola (VDT).  In general these levels are from the highest quality (DOCG) to lowest (VDT) however in recent years the quality lines have been blurred (see Super Tuscans).  There are over 300 DOC’s roughly 45 DOCGs and 130 IGT’s throughout Italy.

Explore the key wine regions of Italy below.

Beautiful snow capped mountains, an improving provincial economy, a vast National Park with wolf, bear and golden eagles, and some amazing wine - what more could you ask for.  Abruzzo (pronounced a'bruttso) is one of the twenty wine regions in Italy. . . . keep reading
Friuli - Venezia Giulia - Italy's Eastern border
Friuli - Venezia Giulia - Italy's Eastern border In the northeast of Italy, stretching from the shadows of the Alps to the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (free-oo-lee-ve-ne-tsyah joo-lyah) is Italy's easternmost region. Lying at the crossroads of Italian, Germanic, and Slavic cultures, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (frequently shortened to Friuli) has been quite a historically important region for some time. . . . keep reading
Ah Veneto, home to Venice, Verona, 60 million tourists every year, and of course some amazing Italian wine. Veneto is also the largest wine producing region in Italy -- producing almost 20% of the wine output of the country. . . . keep reading
Sicily - Vineyards in the Shadow of Mount Etna
Sicily - Vineyards in the Shadow of Mount Etna Perhaps better known as the birthplace of the Mafia, Sicily is one of the most important wine producing regions in Italy. With over 300,000 acres of vineyards, Sicily ranks first in acreage and near the top in terms of wine production. Much of the grape production on this island, however, is used to make bulk wine for blending, basic table wines, and dessert wines. Barely 2% of the grapes are used to make quality wine bottled with either the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) or DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) designation. Despite this, there are some emerging stars, and they are wines from the native vines, in many cases grape varieties grown only on this small autonomous island region. . . . keep reading
Trentino Alto Adige
May 23, 2012
Surrounded by the lofty snow-capped Alps and Dolomites, flush with rich forest land, and dotted with beautiful crystal clear lakes, Trentino Alto Adige (T rhen TEE no AHL toh AH dee jeh) is the northern most wine region in Italy.  The region is . . . keep reading
Where in the world is Apulia? Well if you guessed Italy, you are right! Steeped in history Apulia, or Pulgia (poo' lee ah), is one of the twenty-five wine growing regions in Italy. The region is in the southernmost part of Italy, comprisi . . . keep reading
Lombardy - The Overshadowed Northerner
Lombardy is named after the Lombards, an ancient German tribe that was vanquished by the Romans. Strategically located at the top of Italy, Lombardy surrounds the city of Milan and is widely known for culture, fashion, and finance. With that said, Lombardy doesn't rank high on the list of wine enthusiasts because it is overshadowed by more popular wine-producing neighbors such as Piemonte, Tuscany, and Veneto. There is no doubt, however, that the region produces some great wines that are in high demand in Switzerland and beyond. . . . keep reading
Piedmont [pronounced pje'monte], in Italian, literally means at the foot of the mountains. It is located in northwest Italy and is bordered by France and Switzerland and is surrounded by the Italian Alps on three sides. It is the second largest (afte . . . keep reading
Take me to Tuscany!
Rolling, vineyard-studded hills, fields of sunflowers nodding sleepily in the warm summer breeze, museums, ancient churches, villas, incredible art, delicious wines and foods and so much more come to mind when one thinks of Tuscany. No wonder the are . . . keep reading