Divine wine

Italy in a goblet. One of the prides of Italy are the soldiers of Bacchus that enable to taste the whole country through its oenological world. And what a world! At present there are 330 Doc (controlled designation of origin) wines and 73 Docg (controlled guaranteed designation of origin) ones officially recognized by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.


The wide variety of climate, the differences among the vineyards and the type of soil make Italy the perfect place for the production of quality wine featuring extraordinary characteristics.
Very good wine can be found in Piedmont and Tuscany and the names of these wines very often become the symbols of the National oenology. Would You like to know some names? Barolo, Grignolino, Barbaresco,  Gattinara, Roero, Brachetto d’Acqui and Barbera in Piedmont while in Tuscany the Classical Chianti, the Brunello from Montalcino , the Morellino from Scansano, the Carmignano, the Rùfina, the Montalbano and the Montespertoli.

Even Veneto must be highlighted with Amarone of Valpolicella, Recioto of Valpolicella and Sicily too deserves to be mentioned with the Cerasuolo from Vittoria and the Nero d’Avola while Emilia Romagna is famous for Lambrusco and Abruzzo for the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane.

And after the parade of red wines  it is the black ones’ turn; there are plenty of white wines in Friuli-Venezia Giulia with the ones produced on the Eastern hills of the region such as the Picolit and the Recioto of Soave. The Verdicchio of the castles area in Jesi (Marche), the Vermentino from Liguria, the Alcamo of Sicily, the Lugana from Veneto, the Gewürztraminer from Alto Adige and the Vernaccia of San Gimignano in Tuscany are also very good.
Appreciation must also be given to the Italian “prosecchi”: there’s a very good production in Franciacorta (in Lombardy) together with the fizzy protagonists produced in Oltrepò Pavese (in Lombardy), in Veneto, in the province of Trento (Trentino) and in Piedmont.
A special recognition must be ascribed to “passiti” such as the Sciacchetrà from Liguria, the Malvasia of Lipari Islands, the Passito and Moscato of Pantelleria, both from Sicily. And the famous Marsala comes from Sicily too, it is the most famous Italian spiced and liqueur-like wine. The “moscati” of Sardinia must be appreciated, too.


Did you know that…
Vinitaly is the International wine and spirits exhibition that has been held in Verona since 1967, every year in April. It covers a surface of  95.000 square meters and features more than 4.000 exhibitors per year and around 150.000 visitors.

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