Italy – when I think of this place, the first thing that comes to mind is the fantastic wine from different regions.
The country of Italy with all the exquisite regions is rich in wine tradition. For me, there’s no place and more heavenly than a trip to Italy. The food, wine, and people are a combination of the highest rank. Wine and culture lovers should put this place on their bucket list.
So here are my top 5 of Italy’s greatest wine regions:
Veneto is one of the leading Italian regions in terms of abundance and caliber production of grapes. Veneto’s wines are some of Italy’s best-known exports – the names of Soave, Bardolino, and Valpolicella have long been combined with immensely drinkable Italian wines. Italy’s most productive wine regions, best known for producing its sparkling Prosecco wine.
The region is protected from the harsh northern European climate by the Alps, the foothills of which form the Veneto’s northern extremes.
Yet there is a lot more to this region, and indeed a lot more behind the names of its best-known wines. And to top it all off superior wine production, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking sceneries.
Located in the picturesque heart of Italy, Tuscany is known for its stunning scenery, romantic landscape of rolling hills and country roads. Absolutely a wine-lover’s paradise and romantic day’s outing.
Tuscany is home to some of the world’s most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
From dry whites to full-bodied reds to sweet wines, a large quantity of Tuscan wine is recognized as DOC and DOCG, the top levels of Italian wine.
Piedmont is a classy and devoted region; it gives off an almost black and white old-fashioned atmosphere, while its high altitude means there’s always a chill in the air. If you didn’t know it yet, Piedmont (Piemonte) is one of Italy’s most acclaimed wine growing regions.
Barolo is one of the region’s top of the line red, known as “the King of Wines”. The wines are made from Nebbiolo, the name is derived from the word nebbia, which means fog. Nebbiolo is an extremely tannic grape and when crushed, produces a light ruby colored wine. Barolo is rich and full-bodied, with an intense presence of tannins and acidity and pairs well with important dishes such as red meat and other hearty fares.
Barolo wines according to DOCG regulations, must be aged least 38 months, two years in oak and one year in bottle, with five years of age (three in oak) required for Riserva labeling, both with a minimum 13 percent alcohol content.
Sicily is the southernmost Italian wine region. Located in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula, known as the largest island in the Mediterranean. The region with the most vineyards in Italy.
Red wines from this region are dark, rich, and fruity because of the warm climate. Nero d’Avola is the most important red wine grape in the region, it is a rich, full-bodied red wine with high acidity and robust tannins not to mention one of Italy’s most important indigenous varieties. Marsala is also known in this region, it is dry and sweet wine that you can use in cooking when making thick sauces but you can also enjoy it as a drinking wine.
The country’s oldest wine-producing areas and one of the wealthiest and most developed regions in Europe.
It produces the renowned Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine that’s made with a grape. Both the name of the grape and the name of the official zones in which it is made originated from four zones in Emilia-Romagna. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, sweet Lambrusco was the biggest selling import wine in the United States. Today, the best Lambruscos are always almost made in a semi-sparkling or frizzante kind – (Lambrusco secco) dry, earthy and barely sweet. Major selections are grasparossa, salamino, and sorbara.
These are just my top 5, and that you should consider when planning a trip to taste your way through Italy. Italy has the best wines to offer plus their amazing vineyards and breathtaking sceneries. The country has a vast range to choose from other regions too.