Wine in Italy is a culture all of its own and the top wine-tasting regions provide the perfect introduction to the preserved traditions and evolving techniques you can discover, sample, and enjoy when on a wine tour of Italy.
The culinary culture is mostly directed by certain guidelines, especially when considering the importance of the history and heritage of wine ingrained in Italy’s culture.
From the pleasures of sipping wine with an elaborate view of Mount Etna to the charm of visiting an antique cellar, when visiting the top wine regions of Italy you can discover the spirit of the vine found on the table, in the earth, and within the people of Italy.
Tuscany is one of the best-known wine-making regions in Italy, with wine-tasting enthusiasts and novices instantly attracted to legendary varietals such as Sangiovese and Trebbiano. The popular, rolling hills, medieval castles, and walled cities add to the allure of the countryside, which is adorned with a gamut of grapevines that are shaped by the diverse micro-climates. These result in the famous Super Tuscans, unique blends of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Bordeaux varietals.
The pride of northern Italy’s wine-making regions are Piedmont’s grapes, which take their distinct flavors from the frosty Alps, balmy Mediterranean fields, and unique mists that help ripen the Nebbiolo grapes. Popular varietals include the Barbera and Dolcetto, with the most popular wines produced from Nebbiolo grapes. These are used in Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and are known for their bold, tannic, and nicely aged characteristics that lend themselves to their nickname, “the King of Wines”.
The Mediterranean climate of Italy’s largest island has helped perfect a vast variety of wines, including the sweet Marsala that is known for its fortified flavor and adding richness to local cuisine. However, beyond the cooking wines, viticulture on the island thrives, with vineyards that produce wines with Nero d’Avola grapes, which contain high acidity and robust tannins. In addition, there are also wines that are produced on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna and made from Nerello, Frappato, and Catarratto grapes.
The small region that is tucked into the base of the Dolomite mountains has become one of the world’s most prominent white wine-producing regions, earning a DOC label for its Pinot Grigio and a Denominazione di Origine Controllata classification, which protects the grape, production, and wine, ensuring quality control for buyers, winemakers, and vendors. The varied temperatures result in crisp nights and warm days, affecting the grapes’ acidity and allowing them to accumulate a medium body, dry, crisp styles, and sophisticated aromatics.
The wine regions of Italy demonstrate why the process, production, and pleasures of wine are part of the fabric of Italian culture. Each region uses the local climate and history to capture the spirit of the land and tradition that you can sample in every sip. You can find exciting ways to explore Italy’s wine with information on Italian Culinary Favorites and How to Explore Them or find inspiration for your trip with Zicasso’s Italy Travel Guide. Interested in planning your trip? Speak with an Italy wine travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.